Article: Rock Run at Sandy Springs
From Arc Newsletter, 2004. John Locke was on business near the Ohio River area just west of Portsmouth, gathering information for an endeavor that would have dramatic impact on Terra incognita for the next sixty years. He was measuring various layers of sandstone in what is known as the Buena Vista member of Ohio’s Mississippian bedrocks. His purpose was to archive the state’s geologic resources for the purpose of quarrying sandstone to build the rapidly growing cities and towns of the East. Read More.
From the Arc’s Spring Newsletter, 2010. In late 2004, the 184-acre tract known as Rock Run, located at Sandy Springs, Ohio, was purchased by the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System as an outstanding biodiversity site and one of southern Ohio’s most significant natural features. The wildness of the Rock Run region is legendary. The 300-foot depth of Rock Run’s valley is one of the deepest in the county, and provides habitat for bobcat, timber rattlesnakes, and Allegheny wood rats. Rock Run’s watershed contains a rare forest association of black birch, hemlock, and sweetgum that is restricted in the state to the Ohio River Valley. To our knowledge, Rock Run is the only location giving this type of forest permanent protection in Ohio. Read More.
From Arc Fall Newsletter, 2010. Among the Arc’s fourteen preserves, which would be your favorite? Would it be the Sanctuary and its breathtaking Rocky Fork Gorge? Kamama Prairie and its 70-plus species of butterflies? Gladys Riley, where the rare golden star lilies grow? Spruce Hill and its sacred 2000 year old earthworks? Every Arc preserve is a jewel, but among the top runners-up would have to be Rock Run. Read More.