Little Scioto River Access-

1 acre in Scioto County

Total Project Cost: $16,000

Campaign Completion: 58%

Balance Remaining 05/18/2022: $6,594

The Arc’s 750-acre Ohio Hanging Rock preserve is located on the east side of the Scioto River, in the ancient Teays River basin near Minford, Ohio. This region in the northeast corner of Scioto County is richly forested, but had previously been little studied before the preserve property came across the Arc’s radar. Since then, it has proven to be a high-quality natural area, with a high diversity of tree species, spring wildflowers, and rare and unusual plant species, and an abundance of amphibians, large, isolated hilltops, and twisting ridges. It also is rich in waterways, protecting over 8 miles of streams in total.

Stewarding the Little Scioto. Skull Creek, Chase Run, and Emmett Hollow all flow through the existing preserve into Frederick Creek, which then drains into the Little Scioto River. Although often overlooked, the Little Scioto is a 41.3 mile long river that drains a 232.6 square mile area. A 1.002 acre tract right on the Little Scioto would provide the Arc’s first access directly to the river, with enough space for a pull-off parking area. This access would enable Arc staff and volunteers to perform stream quality monitoring and trash pickups along the forested corridor, helping to improve water quality downstream.

The beginning of a protected waterway corridor on the Little Scioto River. Although the tract is small in size, it is notably beautiful, with towering yellow buckeyes and stands of native river cane. Its acquisition could lead to further riparian corridor protection of this important watershed in the future.

Beautiful moss covered outcropping at Ohio Hanging Rock