Field Trip – Lewis gorge

Leaders: John Jaeger and Anthony Downs

Leader: John Jaeger
John Jaeger is a retired Director of Natural Resources of the Metroparks of the Toledo Area. His past 13 years of retirement have been spent roaming and botanizing the properties of the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System. He was honored to be named Naturalist of the Year by the Ohio Biological Survey in 2020.

Directions: 255 Cliff Run Rd Bainbridge, OH 45612

Habitat Focus: Limestone Bluff Forest

Time & Meeting Place: Meet at the Lewis Family property at 9:45am, the hike will begin promptly at 10:00am.

Bring: Packed lunch and a bottle of water. BE SURE TO WEAR WATERPROOF BOOTS. We will enjoy our lunch on the side of the trail. Bring a piece of plastic or something you can sit on. 

Difficulty: We will be covering approximately 2.5 miles for the entire day. The trail at Lewis Family Farm is mostly walking in-stream on the flat canyon floor of the gorge but is Moderately Difficult only because we will be walking off-trail in what is quite a rocky landscape. Water levels are expected to be shallow, usually not more than 2 or so inches deep but will require appropriate footwear. Rocks may at times be slippery so hikers should have good balance. A walking stick is recommended so you can support yourself if you hit a slick spot.

Nancy Stranahan Bio Photo