Roadside and Preserve Clean-up

at the Ohio Hanging Rock Preserve

Saturday, November 10, 2018 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Please register at the bottom of the page

Join the Arc of Appalachia in our efforts to clean up our new Ohio Hanging Rock Preserve. Teams will work on three areas along the roadside and within the preserve. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring gloves, a water bottle, hats and sunscreen. The clean up will go on rain or shine.

Trash bags, buckets, tools, snacks and safety vests are provided. Please register so we can plan accordingly.

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 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.

The preserve was named for the many abandoned iron smelting furnaces found in the geological region, a 19th century industry for which this forest once provided fuel. Later in the same century the land was mined for high quality clay used to make fire brick. The remains of these clay mines still exist on the property. More information on the preserve

The master plan for the preserve is to install a trail system that will be open to the general public. Arc trail systems rely on dedicated trail maintenance volunteers. If you would like to be contacted as a trail committee forms for Ohio Hanging Rock, please write You can also join our volunteer group on Facebook. Join Now. 

Where to meet

Address for GPS: 3076 Frederick Rd. Wheelersburg, OH 45694


Questions? Contact Kayla at 937-365-1935 or