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Blair Preserve

The 75-acre Blair Preserve was purchased in two sections in 2004 and 2006 with grants from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund. The preserve extensively borders Strouds Run State Park, with which it is connected by the Trace Trail. The southwest part of the preserve, including along the Trace Trail, was heavily logged before the Conservancy acquired it, and the young woods that has grown up there is a good birding area. Older forest can be found in the northeast part of the preserve.

The Blair Preserve features the Chestnut Grove Camp, the only backpacking campsite in Athens County, which can be reached from the Trace Trail via the Tunnel Rock Trail. To avoid parking tickets, campers parking overnight in Strouds Run State Park should place a note on the dashboard explaining that they are camping in the Blair Preserve. For more information about Chestnut Grove Camp, see camping information.

Hikers should wear bright orange during deer-hunting season. Deer hunting is allowed on the Blair Preserve without special arrangement. Deer are the only animals that may be hunted.

To get to the Blair Preserve from uptown Athens, take Carpenter Street west (turn left from Court Street or East State Street). Carpenter becomes Lancaster Street. Take this to the stoplight at the top of the hill and turn right on Lancaster Street, which becomes Columbia Avenue and then Strouds Run Road. After crossing US-33 on an overpass, turn right at the stop sign (it is still called Strouds Run Road after turning) and drive 2.1 miles to enter Strouds Run State Park. Park at the first parking area on the right, just past the fields. Take the Trace Trail into the preserve.

Blair Preserve Locator Map
Blair Preserve Map