Enjoy a beautiful autumn day outdoors – visit the spectacular Lock No. 8 on the old Hocking Canal route. Located in the Hocking River Valley north of Sugar Grove, this lock preserves the cultural and economic heritage of the region. The lock and canal are part of AOA’s Hocking River Conservation Corridor which preserves key natural and historical sites for the local community.
Constructed nearly 200 years ago, the lock and adjacent old canal prism is in good condition but in need of some TLC. Used as a trash dump for many years there is still much junk to be removed from the lock bottom. Tree cutting and pruning is also required to preserve the integrity of the lock and the canal into the future.
Feel free to visit and view the lock or join in to help us clean and care for this impressive structure. This event is free and open to the public.
Location: Hocking Canal Lock 8 is located off of Horns Mill Road about 2 miles north of Sugar Grove – see Google Maps link below. Google Maps street address for the property is 2625 Horns Mill Road, SE, Lancaster, OH 43130.
Time: Meet at the lock at 2:00 p.m. Look for the AOA signs. We expect to be on site for 2 hours. Feel free to participate for all or part of the time.
What to Bring: Please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather. Long pants and sleeves and work gloves are desirable. We will have some extra gloves. For those desiring to help with the cleanup work in the canal lock bottom that may be mucky (depending on recent rainfall), water resistant shoes or boots are recommended. Bug repellant is optional. Please bring your own drinks and/or snacks.