Explore, play, laugh, and spend the day.

The Russ has it all.

Russ Nature Reserve is an amazing part of your backyard here in Greene County. Gifted by Fritz and Dolores Russ in 2008, the Russ features an all-natural playscape built among the woods, close to four miles of trails that wind through meadows and woods, and an apiary for beekeeping.

Take the opportunity to take some time after work to walk the trails with a loved one or on your own for much needed solitude. Young mothers – come together to socialize and let your children play in the Lovely Nature Playscape – a wooded playground constructed from cut branches and natural climbing structures. For tree and nature enthusiasts, come walk along the tree trail to learn about indigenous trees to the area.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll be creating memories for a lifetime with family and friends.

With special thanks to the Greene County Beekeepers Association, you can watch and learn how to care for and harvest honey from their apiary.


Greene County Beekeepers Association: maintains and manages the bee apiary

Honey Harvest: Date and details to come for this annual event. Stay tuned!

New shelter!

Have a family or group event coming up? You can rent our new Russ Nature Reserve Shelter with a capacity for 80 people. Electricity is not available at this time.

Shelter Reservations

Shelter Rules


The new bird viewing station is open and the birds are already enjoying the new feature. Found along the Russ Loop Trail, just north of the pond and high fence garden, this new feature is sure be a hit for everyone from backyard birders to the most experienced. Grab your binoculars and head on out!

Check back later for a list of programs being held at the Russ Nature Reserve!

Russ Nature Reserve
2380 Kemp Road
Beavercreek, OH 45431

Mobile Guide and Directions:

The Russ is located at 2380 Kemp Road, just West of Beaver Valley Rd. in Beavercreek.

GPS: N 39 45.225 W 84 01.362

Questions? Want more ideas for ways to enjoy your time at The Russ? Call us today!


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