Arc of Appalachia Guided Hikes

Guided Hike on the Etawah Woods Trail at Highlands Nature Sanctuary

Friday, March 27, 2020

Etawah Woods is known for its towering old trees, its deep gorge walls on both sides of the creek, its huge slumpblocks called the Three Sisters and Battleship Rock, and unquestionably its rare limestone-loving wildflowers. The earliest bloomers in the spring are Snow Trillium, which although uncommon in most of the state can be found in abundance along the Etawah Woods trail. Snow Trillium are the world’s smallest trillium species and can occasionally be found peeking through the snow in their quest for pollination before the leaves return to the trees. With luck we will catch them blooming!  Registration is required and limited. More information…

Guided Hike on the Etawah Woods Trail at Highlands Nature Sanctuary

Friday, March 27, 2020

Etawah Woods is known for its towering old trees, its deep gorge walls on both sides of the creek, its huge slumpblocks called the Three Sisters and Battleship Rock, and unquestionably its rare limestone-loving wildflowers. The earliest bloomers in the spring are Snow Trillium, which although uncommon in most of the state can be found in abundance along the Etawah Woods trail. Snow Trillium are the world’s smallest trillium species and can occasionally be found peeking through the snow in their quest for pollination before the leaves return to the trees. With luck we will catch them blooming!  Registration is required and limited. More information…

Gladys Riley event PicGuided Hike at Gladys Riley Preserve

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve is the first refuge specifically created for the protection of the Golden Star Lily, an extremely rare and endangered early spring wildflower that is sheltered inside the preserve. It grows in significant numbers in just one place in Ohio- on the lower run of the Rock Fork tributary in the Scioto Brush Creek Watershed. Join Botanists, Ann Geise & Marjie Becus for a Guided Hike at the preserve to catch these rare wildflowers in peak bloom. Registration is required and limited. More information…

Guided Hike at Gladys Riley Preserve

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve is the first refuge specifically created for the protection of the Golden Star Lily, an extremely rare and endangered early spring wildflower that is sheltered inside the preserve. It grows in significant numbers in just one place in Ohio- on the lower run of the Rock Fork tributary in the Scioto Brush Creek Watershed. Join Botanists, Ann Geise & Marjie Becus for a Guided Hike at the preserve to catch these rare wildflowers in peak bloom. Registration is required and limited. More information…

Guided Hike at Red Stone Farm

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 10am-1pm

Join Naturalist, Vicki Solomon on a guided hike at Red Stone Farm, and the Arc’s 200-acre Conservation Easement. Red Stone Farm, which lies a few miles just north of Fort Hill and southeast of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, encompasses 1200 acres of land in one of the prettiest and most pastoral settings in all of Ohio. Gently rolling green pastures are embraced by the sweeping curve of Appalachian foothills, the region dominated by Mennonite farms. In 2016, the Arc of Appalachia took ownership of a permanent conservation easement on 200 of Red Stone’s acres. The easement was handed from Northern Kentucky University, along with a $45,000 endowment fund. More Information…

Guided Hike at Red Stone Farm

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 10am-1pm

Join Naturalist, Vicki Solomon on a guided hike at Red Stone Farm, and the Arc’s 200-acre Conservation Easement. Red Stone Farm, which lies a few miles just north of Fort Hill and southeast of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, encompasses 1200 acres of land in one of the prettiest and most pastoral settings in all of Ohio. Gently rolling green pastures are embraced by the sweeping curve of Appalachian foothills, the region dominated by Mennonite farms. In 2016, the Arc of Appalachia took ownership of a permanent conservation easement on 200 of Red Stone’s acres. The easement was handed from Northern Kentucky University, along with a $45,000 endowment fund. More Information…

 


Tour of Steel Earthworks with the Woodland Ohio Monumentality Project

Saturday, June 13, 2020  10am – 12pm 

Archaeologist Tim Everhart of the Woodland Ohio Monumentality Project will lead a tour of the Junction-Steel Earthworks Archaeological Park and will provide the results of the project’s excavations at the Steel Group. The tour begins at the Steel Earthworks prairie loop trail, which is at the end of a one-mile long hiking trail along an abandoned railroad corridor that connects Steel with Junction. The hike will take you into the prairie, right by the intact circular mound, many hundreds of feet in diameter, and out to views of the Paint Creek. Everhart recently received a large grant from the National Science Foundation to analyze the materials recovered from Steel, and his results will deepen our understanding of the remarkable societies that constructed these enigmatic sites. More Information…

Tour of Steel Earthworks with the Woodland Ohio Monumentality Project

Saturday, June 13, 10am – 12pm 

Archaeologist Tim Everhart of the Woodland Ohio Monumentality Project will lead a tour of the Junction-Steel Earthworks Archaeological Park and will provide the results of the project’s excavations at the Steel Group. The tour begins at the Steel Earthworks prairie loop trail, which is at the end of a one-mile long hiking trail along an abandoned railroad corridor that connects Steel with Junction. The hike will take you into the prairie, right by the intact circular mound, many hundreds of feet in diameter, and out to views of the Paint Creek. Everhart recently received a large grant from the National Science Foundation to analyze the materials recovered from Steel, and his results will deepen our understanding of the remarkable societies that constructed these enigmatic sites. More Information…


Samson/Obrist Woods Guided Hike

Saturday, July 18, 2020  10am – mid-afternoon 

The William J. Samson and George E. Obrist Jr. Rock House Preserve in Scioto County is one of the Arc’s newest preserves! It’s 146 acres were donated to the Arc by benevolent neighboring land owners, John K. Samson and Marjorie Obrist. This preserve protects a mature forest composed of sizeable oaks, dogwoods, tulip poplars, maples and sassafras trees, as well as an impressive rock shelter. A new public trailhead will be installed at the preserve in the coming months, giving access to its hiking trails that meander through the towering trees. More information coming soon!

 

Samson/Obrist Woods Guided Hike

Saturday, July 18, 2020  10am – mid-afternoon 

The William J. Samson and George E. Obrist Jr. Rock House Preserve in Scioto County is one of the Arc’s newest preserves! It’s 146 acres were donated to the Arc by benevolent neighboring land owners, John K. Samson and Marjorie Obrist. This preserve protects a mature forest composed of sizeable oaks, dogwoods, tulip poplars, maples and sassafras trees, as well as an impressive rock shelter. A new public trailhead will be installed at the preserve in the coming months, giving access to its hiking trails that meander through the towering trees. More information coming soon!


Chaparral Prairie Nature Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Visit Chaparral Prairie during the peak bloom of its showy Dense Blazing Star colonies – when thousands of purple wands will arise above the butterfly-strewn meadows. Chaparral State Nature Preserve also boasts the largest population of rattlesnake master of any prairie in the state – an estimated 10,000 plants – along with an impressive count of many other state-listed plants and animal species.  Nearly the entire preserve is covered by ether native prairie or by open woodland dominated by white oaks and the much rarer blackjack oaks and post oaks.  More information…  

Chaparral Prairie Nature Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Visit Chaparral Prairie during the peak bloom of its showy Dense Blazing Star colonies – when thousands of purple wands will arise above the butterfly-strewn meadows. Chaparral State Nature Preserve also boasts the largest population of rattlesnake master of any prairie in the state – an estimated 10,000 plants – along with an impressive count of many other state-listed plants and animal species.  Nearly the entire preserve is covered by ether native prairie or by open woodland dominated by white oaks and the much rarer blackjack oaks and post oaks. More information…    

 

Lewis Family Gorge Guided Hike

Saturday, August 22, 10am – early afternoon 

Lewis Family Gorge is a half-mile long vertical cliff landscape, cut by a crystal clear stream that flows into an exceptionally scenic tributary of Paint Creek known as Cliff Run.  Located just north of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, the Arc is currently fundraising to purchase the property, which has been in the careful stewardship of the Lewis Family for generations.  During this hike you will learn citizen scientist techniques for evaluating and monitoring water quality as you explore this breathtaking watershed.  More Information…

Lewis Family Gorge Guided Hike

Saturday, August 22, 10am – early afternoon 

Lewis Family Gorge is a half-mile long vertical cliff landscape, cut by a crystal clear stream that flows into an exceptionally scenic tributary of Paint Creek known as Cliff Run.  Located just north of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, the Arc is currently fundraising to purchase the property, which has been in the careful stewardship of the Lewis Family for generations.  During this hike you will learn citizen scientist techniques for evaluating and monitoring water quality as you explore this breathtaking watershed.  More Information…

 

Rock Run Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Visit Rock Run Preserve with Land Manager, Tim Pohlar, for a hike on one of the Arc’s newest and most scenic trails. Rock Run is an 800-acre Arc of Appalachia Preserve known for its steep cliffs, high diversity of wildflowers, and interesting composition woody plants including mountain laurel, black birch, and hemlock. Come see why this area is considered arguably the wildest wilderness area left in the state!  More information…  

Rock Run Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Visit Rock Run Preserve with Land Manager, Tim Pohlar, for a hike on one of the Arc’s newest and most scenic trails. Rock Run is an 800-acre Arc of Appalachia Preserve known for its steep cliffs, high diversity of wildflowers, and interesting composition woody plants including mountain laurel, black birch, and hemlock. Come see why this area is considered arguably the wildest wilderness area left in the state!  More information…