Making up for the rain-impacted hike two weeks ago we have scheduled another hike to view the wildflowers at AOA’s Bison Hollow Preserve. Enjoy a springtime ramble through the gorge and admire the spring wildflower show which carpets the floor of the mature hardwood forest.
The flowers we will see are typical of the Hocking Hills region and may include Columbine, Trout Lily, Trillium, Dutchman’s Breeches, Virginia Bluebells, Cut-Leaved Toothwort, Foam Flowers, Jack in the Pulpit and Solomon Seal.
AOA’s Bison Hollow Preserve features spectacular scenery located in the southern extent of the picturesque Hocking Hills, straddling the Hocking – Vinton County line. The 400+ acre preserve showcases typical Hocking Hills landscapes including high rock walls that line the sides of the main gorge, sandstone outcrops and numerous waterfalls. The property includes mature to older growth forests with large hemlock groves.
Pack a sack lunch as we will break to eat and enjoy the peace and serenity of the deep forest environs and the many waterfalls that line the gorge. Afterwards, feel free to wander the preserve on your own.
The Bison Hollow Hike and other AOA events are free and open to the public.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m.
What to Wear: This activity will be held rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes. The path through the gorge requires walking along and across the South Branch of the East Fork of Queer Creek. Several creek crossings may be required. Water levels vary depending on recent rainfall but can usually be navigated with high top ( at least 6 to 8-inches) hiking shoes or boots. Please wear appropriate footgear or be prepared to get wet feet.
What to Bring: Lunch, snacks and/or drinks of your choice.
Location: Bison Hollow is located at the end of Amerine Road just south of Ash Cave – see Google Map link below. Drive to the end of the road where AOA staff and volunteers will direct parking.