Field Trip – Gladys Riley Golden Star Lilly Preserve
Leader: Dave Todt
Dave is a professor of natural science at Shawnee State University. He has served in various capacities at Shawnee since 1975, including the most recent seven years as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SSU. Dave’s love of the natural environment started at an early age with family camping trips around Ohio and summers in the mountains of western North Carolina. At Shawnee State he has taught a course called Ohio’s Natural Heritage, Field Ornithology, Ecology, and numerous other science and recreation courses. Dave has been involved in the preparation of science teachers and environmental educators while at Shawnee. He also worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a manager of the Youth Conservation Corps program. Dave served two terms on the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves Natural Areas Council and is currently active with the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association.
Directions: Tick Ridge-Koenig Hill Road, Otway, OH 45657. From the Appalachian Highway, Rt. 32, just east of Peebles, turn south on SR 73 12.2 miles through Rarden to the little town of Otway, Ohio. In the middle of Otway, turn right or south on SR 348 for 1.1 miles. Turn left on Rocky Fork Road for just .2 miles, and then turn left on Tick Ridge-Koenig Road for another .2 miles. Just after you cross over the Rocky Fork Bridge, the gravel trailhead parking lot will be on your left. It is signed. Please note that Tick Ridge-Koenig Road is semi-circular and has two entrances on Rocky Fork Road. Coming out of Otway, be sure to make the first turn.
Habitat Focus: Appalachian Hillside and Coves
Time & Meeting Place: Meet at the parking lot at 9:50am the hike will begin promptly at 10:00 am.
Bring: Be sure to pack a bottle of water and bring a day pack for your lunch which will be enjoyed along the trail. If you have a folding chair please bring this along with you as well.
Difficulty: The hike will be easy to moderate and approximately 1.25 miles.