I have been wanting to come here since I joined one of those Facebook groups dedicated to specific nature topics - i.e. wildflowers of Ohio, birds of Ohio, etc. The plants that people would share from here were so unique and diverse I just had to go see it for myself! So glad I did!
Cedar bog is actually a fen (the water drains from this wet area where as bogs retain their water) located just south of Urbana, Ohio - the largest in the state. This natural area is home to more than forty rare, endangered, and threatened plants and animals. It ranks the highest of any site among all others in the state on the Ohio Floristic Diversity Index for its great diversity of plants.
We arrived on a hot afternoon in July, understandably we were the only car in the lot that day. From there we paid our $5 admission and hit the boardwalk. The plants on the way to the woods were abuzz with bees and butterflies, the giant ragweed was getting huge. We made it into the shade of the forest, a blanket of skunk cabbage lined the forest floor. Teeny-tiny and easy to miss I was able to find a well hidden club-spur orchid (the 2nd orchid I've ever found in the wild!). The boardwalk is a nice almost mile walk, from the woods it opens up into a sedge prairie where we found sundews, bladderwort, rough-leaved cinquefoil, and a great number of, you guessed it, sedges! Then back through the cedars to loop the trail back around to the beginning.
This is an incredible place to go explore, we ended up staying there about two hours.
We will definitely be making a trip back in April/May for the wildflower display!
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.