Barrett’s Rim Guided Hike

Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 10:00am

Join Naturalists and hosts of the Nature Guys Podcast, Bob Staggenborg and Bill Creasy at the Barrett’s Rim Trail at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary.

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Barrett’s Rim is referred to as the “Jewel of the Rock Fork Gorge”  and is one of the most beloved trails in the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. The trail is a 2.5 mile loop that is mostly level with one short descent and ascent. The Trail follows the Rocky Fork Creek along the base of a vertical rock wall. 

Spend your morning immersed in nature with Bob and Bill on a 2.5 mile hike. Meet in the Barrett’s Rim parking lot at 9:45am, hike will begin promptly at 10am and will last until about 12:30pm.

Directions: Barrett’s Rim Trailhead – Corner of Browning and Cave Road

Driving East on 50 out of Hillsboro, continue of 50 for 11.8 miles then take a left onto Browning Road. Follow Browning Rd for 1.2 miles, turning right at the stop sign. The parking lot for the Barrett’s Rim Trailhead will immediately be on your right.

Driving West on 50 out of Chillicothe, continue on 50 for 18 miles and until you see a sign for the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Turn left onto Cave Road and continue to follow  for 2.5 miles. The trailhead parking lot will be on your right.

Your Leaders – Bob Staggenborg and Bill Creasy

Bill attended Miami University where he obtained degrees in Zoology and Botany.  Later he obtained his Masters in Education with certification to teach from the University of Cincinnati.  Bill served as the chief naturalist at Cincinnati Nature Center for over 43 years.  During that time he provided volunteer and teacher training, taught programs for adult and youth members, directed summer camps, and developed birding trips all over the world.  Bob attended Miami University as well and secured degrees in business and education.  His careers included working in his family owned accounting firm and teaching elementary education.  He was mentored in natural history by his wife Beth, and he met Bill when they began volunteering at Cincinnati Nature Center.  Bob and Bill also co-led wildflower walks at the Southern Ohio Wildflower Pilgrimage run by the Arc of Appalachia Preserves.  At the end of one our hikes a woman suggested we do a radio show on nature. When Bill announced he was retiring at the end of 2016 the idea kicked into high gear. Nature Guys podcast launched in October 2016.