Saturday, October 20

Fall Color Hike along the Old Hocking Canal – Rockbridge, Hocking County

Enjoy the fall colors and crisp fall weather as we hike/walk along the scenic old Hocking Canal near Rockbridge this Saturday. We will follow the route of the former canal towpath which parallels the historic canal. Most of the canal in this area remains largely intact and filled with water and wetlands. We will pass through a combination of bottomland (including wetland) and adjacent upland forests. Jodi Farrell will lead the hike, identifying the various trees we will see and sharing information on their characteristics.

Hocking Canal lock number 12, the “Sheep Pen” lock, is located on the route and is accessible for viewing. We will also visit AOA’s recently preserved Crawford Preserve which is bisected by the old canal route and includes buttonbush swamp wetlands.

Event Details

Save The Date!

AOA Annual Dinner and Conservation Celebration is November 10

More information will be forthcoming shortly. Please make plans to joins as we celebrate many new conservation properties and achievements this year!

Annual Dinner 2018
Kleinmaier Beauty

Big Darby Creek Float

Showcases Aquatic and Riparian Resources

Over 40 AOA members and friends enjoyed a beautiful summer day on Big Darby Creek.

Thanks to ODNR Scenic Rivers Program Manager Bob Gable and staff members Heather and Kayla for leading our trip and for the informative and educational activities highlighting the quality of this special resource.

Canoe Float
Canoe Float
Canoe Float

2017 AOA Year in Review Available

Thanks to your support 2017 was another successful year for land and water conservation. Check out our most recent Year in Review and catch up on our progress. If you would like to receive a hard copy via mail, please contact AOA at

2017 Year in Review
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Participate in one of our exciting 2018 events. See Event Page for printable schedule of events.

AOA Annual Dinner
Nov 10 all-day
Enjoy good food and company while helping celebrate AOA’s new conservation lands.

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When we consider what it took to create this landscape, we must also consider what we can do to insure that future generations will also be able to marvel at its beauty.
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In the end, I decided to sell my property to AOA because I love it so much. It was hard to part with it – but I am not really parting with it – it is there forever thanks to AOA.

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