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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. It is a particularly good spot to enjoy early spring wildflowers.

  • 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
  • Donated By: Anonymous
  • Features: sinkholes, limestone outcrops, Louisiana waterthrush and prairie warbler habitat
  • Acres: 40
  • Year acquired: 2000
  • Trail: 1.4 miles, moderate