Field Trip – Tobacco Barn Hollow
Leaders: Andrea Jaeger & Brit Wood
Brit Wood is the Arc’s Facility Manager, overseeing the maintenance and upkeep of the Arc’s multiple overnight lodges and educational buildings. Andrea Jaeger is the Arc’s Director of Land Acquisition & Visitor Services. Their careers with the Arc began in August 2016 after moving back to Ohio from Chattanooga, TN. Since then, the Arc has become more than a job, but a way of life. In addition to their regular work responsibilities, they serve as caretakers of the Tobacco Barn Hollow Preserve region. They fervently enjoy spending as much time in the forest as they can get, and love having the opportunity to share their passion for this truly remarkable preserve with others.
Directions: 700 Ewing Road, Bainbridge OH 45612. From Bainbridge, Ohio, drive east on U.S. 50 just past the two Marathon gas stations on the north side of the highway. Look for the Potts Hill Road sign with the arrow pointing to Pike Lake State Park. Turn south and drive up through the valley all the way to the ridge top on the winding “bouncy” paved roadway. At the hilltop follow left around the curve on Potts Hill Road past the Pike Lake Road turnoff. Passing “No Outlet” Mitchell Road on the south side, past the blue Pike County Water Tower and past the Landrum Road intersection to the north. Continue on Potts Hill Road to Ewing Road and turn right on Ewing. The property is at the end of the road. Pull through the gate and park next to the barn.
Habitat Focus: We will be focused on Level 1 upland and slope successional forest as well as floodplain trees and trees typical of old cleared fields.
Time & Meeting Place: Park by the barn and follow the mowed path to the one-story building on the left side of the driveway (across from the caretaker cabin). We will have leaf, nut, and bark samples from some of the species we will be seeing on display to get acquainted with before the hike. Please plan to meet at 9:45 am. Restrooms will be available at the caretaker cabin.
Bring: Be sure to pack a bottle of water and bring a day pack for snacks that can be enjoyed along the trail. We’ll sit down for lunch at the caretaker cabin following our morning hike. Also bring a notebook, pen/pencil, and a magnifying glass. The large deer and lonestar ticks are fairly common at this preserve. Fortunately, they are easy to see and brush off before they latch on, however, we highly encourage you to come prepared with some sort of deterrent so that you can fully enjoy your visit!
Difficulty: The hike will be moderate. There are places that are steep, rocky, and uneven. Total distance for the day will be approximately 3 miles.