Explore Hintz Hollow, one of AOA’s recently conserved Hocking Hills preserves. Located near Sugar Grove in the northern extent of the Hocking Hills, Hintz Hollow includes a box canyon that features spectacular sheer rock cliffs and formations, including a small natural stone arch weathered from a slump block of sandstone.
Hintz Hollow protects 220 acres as part of AOA’s Hocking River Conservation Corridor Initiative. Combined with the newly preserved adjacent Stone Canyon box canyon, it forms a 365-acre block of conserved natural habitat at a critical location along the glacial boundary.
The preserve contains large stands of the state threatened native Rhododendron maximum or Great Rhododendron, which are massed along the upper slopes at the cliff lines. A predominately southern Appalachian species, colonies of the Great Rhododendrons survived the glacial ice sheets sheltered in coves in the Hocking Hills. They continue to thrive in this local area at the northern extent of their range. We have timed this hike to catch the Rhododendrons in flower and expect to see the showy blooms covering the plants and slopes.
Members of the Hintz family will join us and lead a hike through some of the scenic parts of the property. Portions of the hike will be a bit strenuous as we will ascend some relatively steep slopes, navigating the rock formations to reach the Rhododendrons and the tops of the rock bluffs.
Afterwards, participants are invited to roam the preserve property on your own and / or to help remove any of the garlic mustard we find that is invading the site and choking out the native wildflowers. We will provide bags and gloves for collection.
The Hintz Hollow 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.
Time: Meet at 9:30 a.m.
What to Bring: Lunch, snacks, and/or drinks of your choice. We will take a break to eat an early lunch and enjoy the peace and serenity of the sheer rock bluffs and deep forest environs. Insect repellent and hiking poles or sticks may be desired.
Location: Hintz Hollow is located just north and east of Sugar Grove, along Old Logan Road, and adjacent to Highway 33. The driveway is located on the east side of the road immediately south of the Flight of the Hawk Park. Look for an AOA sign at the driveway entrance along the road. Travel back along the driveway and through the gate till you come to the old farmhouse where we will park. Note: you will pass through private property and past two houses before reaching the entry gate. AOA volunteers will be at the farmhouse to direct parking.