Explore some of AOA’s most scenic properties while enjoying the beautiful spring wildflowers and weather. Naturalist Andrew Gibson will lead a hike of the spectacular Bison Hollow Preserve. This site straddles the border of Hocking and Vinton Counties at the southern extent of the Greater Hocking Hills area, just south of Ash Cave. It is comprised of eight conservation properties totaling approximately 400 acres – Bison Hollow, Carpenter Hollow, Fought Preserve, Grupenhof, Bowmore, Harper, Ramblewood CE and the House Preserve. These sites help to protect the gorge and riparian corridor habitats along the East Fork of Queer Creek.
Bison Hollow features a narrow gorge with high sandstone bluffs and many lofty, but low flow waterfalls carved out on the edges. The bottom of the gorge includes a blend of Hemlock and deciduous hardwood forest. Wildflowers blanket the stream corridor each spring.
Our hike will visit five of the Bison Hollow properties that have been conserved by AOA. We will begin at Ramblewood and continue south, following the main gorge and finishing at the Bowmore parcel, acquired last year.
We will plan to hike rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes. We will likely need to traverse wet and/or flowing stream beds so wear high-topped waterproof shoes, sandals, or be prepared to potentially get your feet wet. This event is free and open to the public.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m. The hike will last approximately two to three hours including a lunch break in the deep forest. Participants are welcome to stay afterwards and explore the site further.
What to Bring: Drinks of your choice, lunch and/or snacks. Walking poles if desired. Insect repellant is recommended.
Location: Bison Hollow is located at the end of Amerine Road off of Highway 56, just south of Ash Cave. We will meet just north of Ramblewood, the beautiful home of AOA friends Jere and Eva Brunken, 26139 Amerine Road, South Bloomingville, OH – see Google map link. Just drive south along Amerine Road. We will park along the roadway at the gate to Jere’s property. AOA staff and volunteers will be there to help direct parking.