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  • 65 - North Shore Alvar State Nature Preserve

    Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
    Just north of the junction of Division Street and Titus Road
    Kelleys Island, OH 43438

    Public Access

    Open from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset


    Hiking Trails

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 37'10.79"; W 83° 42'46.29"

    Driving Directions

    Park at the boater’s parking lot at Kelleys Island State Park at the northern terminus of Division Street. This is the northernmost parking lot. Directly west of this lot is a sign for the North Shore Loop Trail. This path leads to the alvar, which is the rocky northern shoreline of the island.

    What to Look For

    Although the preserve is less than four acres, it is a must-see for anyone interested in nature. An alvar is an area of barren limestone that supports specialized plant life. North Shore Alvar is located on the shore of the island, and its limestone pavement is subject to the actions of wind and waves, which maintain the highly adapted plant community. Great views of Lake Erie can be had from the preserve. Located at the north end of Kelleys Island State Park near the junction of Division Street and Titus Road. Take the North Shore Loop Trail for access to the preserve.