Lewis Family Gorge Guided Hike

Saturday, August 22, 2020
Arrive at 9:45 am, Hike is from 10 am sharp through mid-afternoon

Join Naturalist, John Jaeger, on a guided hike at the Lewis Family Gorge at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary

 Lewis Gorge is a 233-acre parcel containing a spectacular one half mile long vertical-sided gorge flowing into an exceptionally scenic tributary of Paint Creek known as Cliff Run. This property has been in private hands for generations of Lewis family members.The floral showcases are dazzling, with many species of flowers hanging from the 40-50 cliffs bordering the small creek we will be following.  The Arc of Appalachia is currently fundraising for the acquisition and stewardship of Lewis Gorge. Learn more about our campaign here.

Your Leader – John Jaeger

John F. Jaeger is a field naturalist and outdoor educator with interests in Ohio’s flora, fauna and natural and human history.  He retired as the Director of Natural Resources for the Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area where he also served as a Park Manager/Ranger and Naturalist/Historic Interpreter.  He currently is an active volunteer as a Board Adviser for the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System, and conducts educational tours for the public, performs preserve boundary checks and evaluates potential land acquisitions. As part of the hike, John will teach participants citizen science techniques for evaluating and monitoring water quality.

What to Bring

Filled water bottle
A packed Lunch
Boots with good tread that can get wet, as we will be walking down a stream bed.
Dress for the weather.
Trekking poles (optional, but helpful for balancing)
Binoculars (optional)

Registration will be opened three weeks prior to the guided hike. 

Please return to this page to fill out the information below to register for the guided hike. A confirmation will be sent to you a week before the hike. Registration is limited, please let us know if you need to cancel so we can open your spot for someone else by contacting us at services@arcofappalachia.org or 937-365-1935.