Enjoy the fall colors and crisp cool weather in the Hocking Hills this Halloween weekend as we hike AOA’s beautiful Rohr Preserve. Purchased earlier this year, this will be our first visit to this unique property. Once home to one of the largest sandstone quarries in the region, the Sharp & Crook Stone Quarry cut deep into the high ridge, providing stone for many structures throughout central Ohio. Much of the site retains the high sandstone walls left behind like ghosts when the quarry closed early in the 20th century. An mature forest has since reclaimed the quarry site which now masquerades as a seemingly natural Hocking Hills sandstone outcrop landscape.
The Rohr Preserve abuts the Hocking River and includes a section of the old Hocking Canal which was used to ship the sandstone blocks. The quarry and associated canal property is a unique piece of the Hocking valley’s cultural and economic heritage.
With any luck the bright red and yellow trees should be near peak color this weekend, contrasting with the darker rock outcrops and old quarry features.
The Fall Color hike and other AOA events are free and open to the public. This event will be held rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m. This event will last approximately two hours.
What to Bring: Pack drinks and/or snacks of your choice. Feel free to bring a lunch and eat in the woods at the hike conclusion. Bug repellant recommended.
Location: Rohr Preserve is located on Sugar Grove road, approximately 3 miles north of Sugar Grove. Look for AOA volunteers to direct parking. The Google map address for the property is 3830 Sugar Grove Road, SE, Lancaster, OH, 43130