Trails: are OPEN to public use
(Trails will close again, for the Scout camping season, on June 9, 2018)
Owasippe offers approximately 75 miles of trails that meander through oak savannahs, towering hills, marshy fields, and reforested lands. With a little patience and an alert eye, hikers may see any one of the 19 rare or endangered species that call Owasippe home.
While our trails are open for public use for much of the year, there are some cautions and regulations that we ask you to be aware of. Overall, we ask that users respect this property with conservation-minded principles, low-impact use, and care for the surroundings.
- A parking permit is required for all vehicles. Parking is available only at the Ad Center parking lot, located at 9900 Russell Road. Pre-paid permits must be displayed prominently on the vehicle dashboard.
- The parking fee is $10 per vehicle for a daily pass, $60 per vehicle for a seasonal pass. A seasonal pass is valid for the calendar year in which it is purchased.
- Limit 4 people per vehicle.
- All trails are closed from the second Saturday in June through the second Saturday in August (during the Scout camping season), and again during the entire months of November and December (during firearm hunting season).
- Bow hunting is permitted on the property during the months of October and January, so extra care should be used during that time. Trails hours and access may also be restricted during that time.
- Trail hours are from dawn until dusk.
- A land use waiver form is required to be completed and turned in by each participant prior to trail use. You can download a copy of that form here, and print off as many copies as you need. Waivers must be turned in at the envelope drop box at the parking kiosk.
- Permits may be purchased on our website using the PayPal buttons below, or by using the self-registration envelopes at the parking kiosk. Cash and check made out to the OOEC are accepted. All waiver forms and any on-site registration must be deposited in the yellow envelope box at the trailhead kiosk.
- Hiking is available on all marked trails. There are four different colors of trail routes, and the white trails are connector trails between those routes. Plan your hike and follow the markers carefully. Download a PDF of our hiking trail map here. (8 MB)
- Biking is available only on certain designated trails. See our biking trail map for those routes. Again, remain on designated trails only.
- Alcohol, firearms, fireworks, open flames, and overnight use are all prohibited.
- Be safe. Bring water and appropriate clothing. All trails close at dusk.
Failure to follow these rules may result in towing of unregistered vehicles, notification to police of trespassing and/or destruction of property, banning users from the property, or other consequences.
Online Trail Parking Pass Purchase Form