Day Visits

Plan your Day Visit to the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary!

Please complete this form if you are interested in scheduling a day visit. Office hours are Mon-Fri, 10-4. Visitors are welcome to stop by and visit the Welcome Center, hike or explore the gardens during this time. If you wish to visit on the weekends, the trails are open, please just send an email to manager@unitedplantsavers.org and notify us of your visit. Contact Katey in the office with questions at 740-742-3455.

Come spend a day on our Botanical Sanctuary and explore the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian mountains. With hiking trails, a heart shaped pond, and a large greenhouse; our sanctuary is the headquarters of the organization. Bring friends and family and spend the day exploring and enjoying the land!

Hiking: 

The sanctuary sits on over 350 acres of protected land, and is home to over 8 miles of hiking trails. Each trail is unique and travels through a different area of the property, so there are accessible trails for almost everyone. There are hundreds of labeled plant species, countless examples of local wildlife, and several streams and ponds. Follow these few guidelines and enjoy your visit!

Please:

  • Remain on the trails
  • Leave nature undisturbed
  • No pets please (as much as we love them, they can be damaging to our fragile wildlife)
  • Follow the 7 Leave No Trace Principles

Sanctuary Trail Map (Black and White)

Sanctuary Trail Map (Color)

 

Swimming:

Visitors are welcome to take a dip in Heart Pond. It has a small island (home to a pair of geese in some seasons) that turns it into a heart shape. It is about a 5 minute walk back into the property, and is a great place to swim, wade, explore, or even just relax. There is a stone beach area and a gravel beach leading into the pond, along with a floating dock. Swim at your own risk, but enjoy the deep clear water and keep an eye out for the resident carp, who makes occasional visits to the surface.

 

The Surrounding County:

Southeastern Ohio is home to more than just the botanical sanctuary. We are conveniently located approximately a 30 minute drive between Athens and Pomeroy. Both towns are nestled deep in the Appalachian foothills and the lively arts and music scene entertain both locals and visitors alike all year round. The eclectic shopping and dining is a result of the presence of a large university and rich Appalachian heritage. Hunting, kayaking, bouldering, hiking, cycling, and mountain biking are just some of the most popular outdoor activities in the area.

 There are also several other lodging possibilities in the area if our facilities are full. Check out these Airbnb links: