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The Cedars Preserve

The Cedars Preserve takes its name from the 20-acre stand of eastern red cedars dominating the hill at the center of the property. The large blocks of limestone and a small wooden shed are the last remnants of a limestone quarry that closed in the 1960s. Legend has it that an earlier quarry was active until the owner perished aboard the Titanic in 1912.

The limestone outcrops and soils here make the preserve a particularly good spot to enjoy early spring wildflowers, and walking fern can be found on the rocks. There are several sinkholes visible along the trail, due to the limestne bedrock that forms a karst topography.

Sycamore works to protect and improve the health of the forest at this nature preserve by controlling invasive plant species. Invasive bushes such as autumn olive, Asian bush honeysuckle, and Japanese barberry have mostly been found in the cedar stand. Garlic mustard and Japanese stiltgrass are being controlled along the trail to prevent their spread.

  • From the intersection of Old SR 37 and Ketcham Rd, go west on Ketcham for 3.6 mi, passing Cedar Bluffs Nature Preserve on your left under the power lines.
  • Continue south on Ketcham for 1.2 mi and turn right onto Thrasher Rd, by a pond.
  • Drive 1.4 miles and continue down a drive marked “private” that Sycamore shares with a neighbor. Park by the preserve sign. Do not block the bridge.
  • County: Monroe
  • Acres: 40
  • Features: sinkholes, limestone outcrops, Louisiana waterthrush and prairie warbler habitat
  • Year acquired: 2000
  • Donated By: Anonymous
  • Trail: 1.4 miles, moderate