Talking Forest Medicine Trail

Come hike among some of America’s largest remaining stands of ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, and other medicinal plants.

Talking Forest Medicine Trail with Paul Strauss

Immerse yourself in the magic of this information-laden trail that represents years of ongoing effort by UpS staff and our supporters. It is the culmination of the trail-building work started in the 1990s by United Plant Savers cofounder and naturalist, Paul Strauss.

Aptly named, The Talking Forest Medicine Trail features handcrafted signs that tell stories—describing the hundreds of healing plant species that line the trail as well as the fascinating history of the forest. The ten-mile trail, suitable for all fitness levels, spans 1200 acres of forest.

Read Herby Ohio by Kristin Ohlson for her account with photos from the inaugural hike at the celebration of its opening to the public—Saturday, May 16, 2009.

Take a short virtual tour of the Talking Medicine Trail at the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary, filmed Fall 2020 by John Munsell.
Talking Forest Medicine Trail trailhead
The trailhead sign made from a branch of the “Mother Oak” salvaged after a 1999 tornado
Talking Forest Medicine Trail - The Mother Oak
The “Mother Oak” whose salvaged wood was used for the Medicine Trail Signs
Stiff goldenrod medicine trail sign
Yellow buckeye medicine trail sign