Vandalia, Springfield, and Cedar Bog, Ohio Professional Review and Guide
"Vandalia, settled in 1838, was one of many towns to spring up along The National Road, and it is now the world headquarters of the Amateur Trapshooting Association. Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve (called “Cedar Bog” by most) is truly a natural wonder—a geologic freak that has no equal in North America. Left behind by a receding glacier, the bog has managed to maintain its own “miniclimate” ever since. While other glacial areas aged in response to vast changes in temperature, the bog did not and has remained forever young. In this time warp exists plant and animal life found nowhere else in such variety, including more than 100 rare or endangered species that could not survive without the bog’s peculiar climate.
Amid more than 1,700 species of plants are rare orchids that thrive in the bog’s clammy atmosphere. Among other wonders are two types of spiders that were found here many years after 1925, when they were declared extinct. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Cincinnati. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."