Park District set to open Devil’s Backbone park


CAMDEN — The Preble County Park District (PCPD) announced recently the soft opening date for early access to its newest nature preserve park, the Herbert and Patricia Wagers Memorial Park (Devil’s Backbone), located on Old State Road 725 West in Camden, on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10:30 a.m.

A nature hike will follow an informal ceremony. The official grand opening will be announced at a later date.

The Preble County Park District Commissioners welcome all members of the Preble County community as their special guests for this celebration of the “Wagers family’s generous donation of a nature preserve featuring the scenic Paint Creek, gorgeous cliffs, waterfalls, trails, wildlife, unique history and more,” PCPD officials said in a press release.

The release continues, “the Wagers family, as well as the Preble County Park District, promote “Take Only Memories and Leave Only Footprints,” supporting an unspoiled, litter-free and natural place for families to enjoy.”

The Preble County Park District Rules and Regulations designate the preservation and protection of the property maintaining the intent of the donation. View the complete list of rules and regulations on all Preble County Park District parks at and keep up-to-date on park events, meetings and more.

The Preble County Park District Board’s next meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 2, at 9 a.m. at the Garber Nature Center, 9691 Ohio 503 North, Lewisburg. The public is welcome to attend in person or join the Zoom meeting. Details are listed on the website.

The PCPD invites everyone to “’Catch a Breath of Fresh Air’ at our parks, The Allen and Adeline Garber Nature Center in Lewisburg and The Herbert and Patricia Wagers Devil’s Backbone Park in Camden.”

The PCPD’s mission is “To create, preserve, protect, and manage a system of parks, nature preserves, green spaces, and outdoor facilities to be held in public ownership with a focus on local, natural, historical, and cultural resources maintained for the leisure use and enjoyment of present and future generations.”

R-H Staff

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