Explore some of AOA’s most scenic properties while enjoying the crisp fall weather and colors. AOA’s Bison Hollow Preserve straddles the border of Hocking and Vinton Counties at the southern extent of the Greater Hocking Hills area, just south of Ash Cave. It is composed of six conservation properties totaling over 250 acres – Bison Hollow, Carpenter Hollow, Fought Preserve, Grupenhof Preserve, Ramblewood CE and the House Preserve. These sites help to protect the gorge and riparian corridor habitats along the east fork of Queer Creek.
Bison Hollow features a narrow gorge with high sandstone bluffs and many lofty, but low flow waterfalls carved out on the edges. The bottom of the gorge includes a blend of Hemlock and deciduous hardwood forest. Wildflowers blanket the stream corridor each spring.
Our hike will visit four of the Bison Hollow properties that have been conserved by AOA. We will begin at Ramblewood and continue south, following the main gorge and finishing at the Fought Preserve, acquired last year (read Steve Fought’s description of this spectacular site).
Our friend and neighbor Jere Brunken will lead the hike. He walks the site regularly and is very familiar with the properties we will visit. We will plan to hike rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on dry stream beds and slopes.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m. The hike will last approximately two to three hours including a lunch break in the deep forest (please bring your own sack lunch and drink). This event is free and open to the public.
What to Bring: Drinks of your choice, lunch and/or snacks. Walking poles if desired.
Location: Bison Hollow is located at the end of Amerine Road off of Highway 56, just south of Ash Cave. We will meet at Ramblewood, the beautiful home of AOA friends Jere and Eva Brunken, 26139 Amerine Road, South Bloomville, OH – see Google map link below. Note: Google map link for the Brunken address takes you past the house – just drive south to the end of Amerine Road and go through the gate and park along the road. AOA staff and volunteers will be there to help direct parking.