Explore one of AOA’s newest preserves in the Hocking Hills and enjoy the spring wildflower show. Bonnoront is a beautiful shallow box canyon framed by ridges and high rock bluffs, with a deep cave and high wet-season waterfall at the back. The slopes are covered with mature trees and a diversity of spring-time blooms including several Trilliums, Jack in the Pulpit, Solomon’s Seal, and many others.
We will also tour the old sandstone quarry located on the property. Afterwards, participants are invited to roam the site and help remove garlic mustard that is invading the site and choking out the wildflowers. We will provide bags and gloves for collection.
Those interested are invited to cross highway 33 to hike along the Hocking River, through the restored prairies and the riparian and the bluff forests that are part of AOA’s Conservation Demonstration Site.
The Bonnoront 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. This is an outdoor event that will be conducted in conformance with applicable Covid-19 recommendations for social distancing.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m.
What to Bring: Lunch, snacks, and/or drinks of your choice. Take a break to eat or snack in the
gorge and enjoy the peace and serenity of the sheer rock bluffs and deep forest environs.
Location: Bonnoront Preserve is located north of Rockbridge just off of Highway 33. Park along Bailey Road. Please do not block the road. We will enter the forest via the old dirt road on the far left side of the former Bonnoront house. The Google map address for the property is 25653 Bailey Road, Rockbridge, OH, 43149.