Miami University–Peffer Woods Trails

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Miami University–Peffer Woods Trails
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Photos by Sue Parks
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Tips for birding Peffer Woods
Peffer Woods has ample paved parking and a flushing restroom facility. Once a pastureland and farm, this 80-acre plot was purchased as two parcels in 1955 and 1966 by Miami University. Later, Fred C. Yager generously donated money to Miami University in order to develop a park on this land south of campus along Highway 27. Yager stipulated that the park was to be developed in memory of his nephew, G. Maurice Peffer. William Amos and Dorothy R. Amos contributed funds for the park’s development as well.

Part of the east portion of Peffer Woods borders a cemetery where hawks have been seen.

A bridge takes you across the Collins Run Creek from the Peffer parking lot to the open, recreational area of Peffer. Right behind the large fire pit by the shelter is the trail head for Silvoor Biological Sanctuary. Section of the trails are on private property, so quietly explore these paths.

Silvoor Biological Sanctuary is a 2.5-acre tract of land donated in 1978 to the University by Dr. Robert A. Hefner. Dr. Hefner and his wife, Ilo, spent many years converting this former town dump into a beautiful sanctuary.

In 1980, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Fitton donated a portion of their land, which was part of the Sanctuary, to Miami with the understanding that it remain a part of Silvoor Biological Sanctuary. The sanctuary houses an extensive wildflower garden with over 60 species on showy display seen during the scheduled wildflower walks or casual walks each spring.
From Sue Parks

About Peffer Woods Trail
A small portion of the land is a recreational park. The balance is maintained as a natural area to promote outdoor recreation, education, and research in the natural sciences. Common activities include hiking, snow skiing and bird watching. The Peffer Park Trails connect to the Silvoor Biological Sanctuary Trail, as well as the Western Loop Trails.
From Miami University Peffer Trail webpage

About Miami University
Miami University is a residential university with faculty who are dedicated to learning and discovery. A liberal education core provides the foundation for the more specialized studies of the majors. Immersing students in both academic and co-curricular experiences has enabled Miami to achieve a top-tier national ranking among universities that provide the best student outcomes.

Founded in 1809, Miami’s name reflects the history of the Native American tribe that once inhabited the Miami Valley region of Ohio. Miami maintains strong ties with the Miami Tribe, now located in Oklahoma.

The main campus is located in Oxford, Ohio (35 miles north of Cincinnati). Regional locations include Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester, Ohio and the European Center in Luxembourg.
From Miami University webpage