STATE NATURE PRESERVE - 107 ACRES
Diversity of habitats; good spring wildflowers and bird observation opportunities. Beech-maple woodland.
Morris Woods is an excellent example of farmland that has been effectively managed to create prime habitat for a large variety of birds and mammals. The area is primarily a mature beech-maple forest, but young forest, scrub and open field areas also exist on the site.
A small lake on the preserve attracts various species of waterfowl throughout the seasons. It is an excellent preserve for viewing spring wildflowers.
This nature preserve was made possible by a generous gift to the people of Ohio in 1979 from James W. Abbott who had developed the land as a wildlife sanctuary. The woods is named in honor of Abbott's father, Morris Abbott.
Located in Licking County, 2 miles northeast of Johnstown on U.S. Route 62; proceed .5 mile east on Dutch Lane Road to the preserve entrance. Morris Woods is managed by the Licking County Park District. Parking lot and trail are present.