April 14, 2018 @ 12:00 am

Enjoy an early spring hike at AOA’s Mercer Woods Preserve. We will wander the mature hardwood and forest searching for flowering or emerging spring ephemerals.

Spring ephemeral wildflowers are perennial woodland plants that sprout from the ground early each spring, quickly bloom and seed before the overhead canopy trees leaf out. Their above-ground life cycle is short, timed to take advantage of the full sunlight levels reaching the forest floor during early spring. Once the forest floor is deep in shade, the leaves wither away leaving just the roots, rhizomes and bulbs underground.

The flowering ephemerals we may see are typical of the Hocking Hills region and include Bloodroot, Trillium, Trout Lily, Dutchman’s Breeches, Virginia Bluebells, and Cut-Leaved Toothwort.

Our wildflower quest will be led by Angela Carter of the Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society and the Cincinnati Nature Center. Mercer Woods is located in the scenic Hocking River valley in the northern extent of the Hocking Hills. The 112-acre parcel includes typical Hocking Hills landscape features including sandstone outcrops, a small gorge and headwater streams and waterfalls in the several ravines. Mercer Woods is home to the largest trees and the most impressive older growth forest found on any of AOA’s many preserves.

Pack a sack lunch as we will break to eat and enjoy the peace and serenity of the deep forest environs. Afterwards, feel free to wonder the property on your own.

The Mercer Woods Walk and other AOA events are free and open to the public. This activity 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.
What to Bring: Lunch, snacks and/or drinks of your choice
Location: Mercer Woods is located at 9016 Buckeye Troxel Road, just southeast of Sugar Grove.

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