Field Trip – Ohio Hanging Rock
Leader: Ethan King
Ethan is the Assistant Manager of Land Stewardship at the Arc of Appalachia. He is a native of Cincinnati and has developed a passion for the outdoors, which stemmed from his Grandmother who is an outstanding naturalist herself. He is an only child so he is very close with his parents, family, and friends that he has stayed in touch with after graduating from High school. Ethan graduated from Hocking College with a degree in Wildlife Management. He worked for Wayne National Forest where he used topographic maps to locate Tree of Heaven infestations and schedule them for removal. Ethan always says Hocking College was the best decision he ever made while exploring options for furthering his education. While looking to get his foot in the door after graduation he found a job in Colorado where he engaged in ecological field studies for a company called NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network). Shortly after that position had come to an end he knew his roots were in Ohio and wanted to look for work in his home state. Soon after he found The Arc he fell in love with its mission, the preserves, and everyone he gets to work with on a daily basis. Ethan spends time maintaining over 40 miles of trails, enhancing them to improve overall hiker experience.
Directions: 1005-2699 Frederick Road Wheelersburg, Ohio 45694 38.81559, -82.78757. From Minford, OH: Beginning at Ohio-335 at the Minford IGA grocery store, drive East on Bennett Schoolhouse Road (County Road 12) approximately 0.7 miles. Turn East (left) on Taylor Hill Road (County Road 235) approximately 2.5 miles, then turn East (left) back on Bennett Schoolhouse Road (County Road 12) and take the ridge over the Little Scioto River. At the next intersection, turn South (right) on Fredrick Road (County Road 17) and travel approximately 1.5 miles past the first parking lot on the North (left) side. A second, larger parking lot will be on your left.
Habitat Focus: Oak Hickory & Mixed Mesic Forests
Time & Meeting Place: Meet at the address provided above 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.
Difficulty: The hike will be difficult and will hike approximately 4 miles for the day.