Guided Hike at Ohio Hanging Rock Preserve

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Arrive at 9:45 am at the public parking area in Minford, we will then carpool to the preserve
Hike will begin once we get to Ohio Hanging Rock through mid-afternoon

Registration will begin three weeks prior to the guided hike.

Join Naturalists, Dave Kuehner and John Jeager, on a guided hike at Ohio Hanging Rock

In the Arc’s 20 year history, we never before have had the opportunity to protect a block of forest of this scale. The first 600 acres came up for sale in 2016, and it was only recently that a second 150 acre tract that lies directly adjacent to the original became available as well! This is a singular opportunity to create a 750 acre preserve and protect the rich biodiversity of Ohio’s southern Appalachian Front. It was only affordable because both sellers were  willing to offer the property to us at a substantial bargain sale. This beautiful Appalachian hill country near the town of Minford has some of the most beautiful streams and lush wildflower displays we have ever seen in southeastern Ohio. Equally striking are the large sandstone outcrops at the higher elevations, sheltering many uncommon plants, including Mountain Laurel, Rose Shell Azalea, Pink Lady’s-slipper, Feather Bells, and the state listed Yellow Crown Beard. Ohio Hanging Rock is a summer hunting ground for two federally endangered bats, the Northern Long-eared and the Indiana Bat. It also shelters dense populations of Wormeating Warblers – the signature bird of large unbroken forests in the East.

Your Leaders – Dave Kuehner and John Jaeger

John F. Jaeger is a field naturalist and outdoor educator with interests in Ohio’s flora, fauna and natural and human history. He retired as the Director of Natural Resources for the Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area where he also served as a Park Manager/Ranger and Naturalist/Historic Interpreter. He currently is an active volunteer as a Board Advisor for the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System, and conducts educational tours for the public, performs preserve boundary checks and evaluates potential land acquisitions.

What to Bring

Filled water bottle
A packed Lunch
A daypack to carry your lunch and water
A piece of plastic if you want to rest on the ground and stay dry during lunch
Boots with good tread.
Dress for the weather.
Trekking poles (optional, but helpful for balancing)
Binoculars (optional)

Guided Hike Registration

Registration will be opened three weeks prior to the guided hike. 

Please fill out the information below to register for the guided hike. A confirmation will be sent to you a few weeks before the hike. Registration is limited, please let us know if you need to cancel so we can open your spot for someone else by contacting us at or 937-365-1935. 

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