Enjoy the fall colors and crisp fall weather as we hike/walk along the scenic old Hocking Canal near Rockbridge this Saturday. We will follow the route of the former canal towpath which parallels the historic canal prism. Most of the canal in this area remains largely intact and filled with water and wetlands. We will pass through a combination of bottomland (including wetland) and adjacent upland forests. AOA has conserved much of the old canal corridor we will see.
Hocking Canal lock number 12, the “Sheep Pen” lock, is located on the route and is accessible for viewing. We will also visit AOA’s recently preserved Crawford Preserve which is bisected by the old canal route and includes buttonbush swamp / wetlands. Feel free to visit one of AOA’s other preserves in the area following the hike.
Jodi Farrell will lead the hike, identifying the various trees we will see and sharing information on their characteristics. We will walk about 4 miles on flat terrain. This event will be held rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather. AOA events are free and open to the public.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m. This event will last approximately two hours.
What to Bring: Pack drinks and/or snacks of your choice. Feel free to bring a lunch and eat at the lock or along the canal at the hike conclusion. Bring bug repellant and/or sunscreen if desired.
Location: Meet on Dupler Road near the Sheep Pen lock. Note: There is no street address for the site so use the Google Map link below. AOA staff and volunteers will be there to help direct parking.