AOA in partnership with Crane Hollow Preserve is sponsoring a deep forest hike at Crane Hollow Nature Preserve on Saturday, September 13th. This naturalist-guided hike will feature the eastern Hemlock Forest ecosystem and Hocking Hills geology.
Crane Hollow Nature Preserve is a pristine state-designated nature preserve owned and administered by Crane Hollow, Inc. a private, non-profit corporation. William and Jane Ann Ellis created this 1,900-acre preserve over a period of 30 years with the purpose of permanently protecting a small slice of the Hocking Hills for scientific study and environmental education.
Crane Hollow does not have an organized system of maintained hiking trails. Participants need to be physically capable of hiking about 4 miles in sometimes strenuous terrain that includes rocks and steep slopes. Feel free to bring a hiking stick or poles. We will encounter several hills and use an aluminum ladder secured to the walls of a rock crevice which will provide access to some very unique geological features. The hike will take us primarily through dense hemlock forest to waterfalls, overlooks and rock houses. Expect the hike to last approximately 4 hours.
Please pack a lunch and plenty of water for the trail. The hike will be held rain or shine so dress appropriately for hiking and weather. Your feet may get wet so wear waterproof shoes or bring a spare pair to change into. Pants are recommended as stinging nettle is common this time of year along the hiking route.
Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m.
Crane Hollow is a privately owned nature preserve with restricted access. This is a rare opportunity for the public to visit and enjoy an enchanted landscape.
This event is free and open to the public. Attendance will be limited to 45 people to minimize impacts on the Preserve habitats – so please sign up early to assure a slot. All participants must register with Crane Hollow Executive Director Heather Stehle (firstname.lastname@example.org or cell / 740-438-5777). Sign up is open until 4:00 Friday, September 12th or trip capacity is filled.