Enjoy a springtime ramble through the gorge and admire the late-blooming wildflowers in the mature hardwood forests in the gorge. Wildflowers we will see are typical of the Hocking Hills region and should include Columbine, Foam Flower, Jack in the Pulpit, Dwarf Crested Iris, Phlox, Canada Violet, Solomon’s Seal and False Solomon’s Seal.
AOA’s Bison Hollow Preserve features spectacular scenery located in the southern extent of the picturesque Hocking Hills, straddling the Hocking – Vinton County line. The 400+ acre preserve showcases typical Hocking Hills landscapes including high rock walls that line the sides of the main gorge, sandstone outcrops and numerous waterfalls. The property includes mature to older growth forests with large hemlock groves.
Pack a sack lunch as we will break to eat and enjoy the peace and serenity of the deep forest environs and the many waterfalls that line the gorge. Afterwards, feel free to wander the preserve on your own.
The Bison Hollow Hike and other AOA events are free and open to the public.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m.
What to Wear: This activity will be held rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes. The path through the gorge requires walking along and across the South Branch of the East Fork of Queer Creek. Numerous creek crossings will be required. Water levels vary depending on recent rainfall but can usually be navigated with high top ( at least 6 to 8-inches) hiking shoes or boots. Water sandals are suitable this time of year before the stinging nettles get too large. Please wear appropriate footgear or be prepared to get wet feet.
What to Bring: Lunch, snacks and/or drinks of your choice.
Location: We will enter through the south entrance which is located at the end of Schoolie Road in Vinton County – see Google Map link below. Drive to the end of the road past the power line ROW where AOA staff and volunteers will direct parking. Note: There is no or very limited cell service in this area so please call the office with any questions before embarking if you have any doubt about how to find this site.