This is the first opportunity for the public to visit one of AOA’s newest preserves: Mercer Woods. Join us as noted naturalist and AOA friend Paul Knoop leads a late-spring tour of the mature forests and wildflower covered slopes.
Donated to AOA last year, Mercer Woods is located in the scenic Hocking River valley in the northern extent of the Hocking Hills. It is part of our Hocking River Conservation Corridor initiative. The 116-acre parcel includes typical Hocking Hills landscape features including sandstone outcrops and a small stream gorge, as well as a wide variety of habitats.
Pack a sack lunch as we will break to eat and enjoy the peace and serenity of the deep forest environs. Afterwards, participants are invited to roam the site with AOA volunteers and help remove the garlic mustard we find that is invading portions of the site and choking out the wildflowers. We will provide bags and gloves for collection.
The Mercer Woods hike 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, drinks of your choice
Location: Mercer Woods is located at 9016 Buckeye Troxel Road, just southeast of Sugar Grove – see Google map link. Parking on site is limited. We will station volunteers and staff to help direct parking.
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