Article: River Access on the Little Scioto. Ohio Hanging Rock Expansion
From Arc Newsletter 2022. The Arc of Appalachia’s 750-acre Ohio Hanging Rock Preserve is located in northeastern Scioto County, near Minford, Ohio. The preserve’s landscape is characterized by large, isolated hilltops, twisting ridges, steep-sided ravines, and exposed rock outcrops. To enable visitors to experience the preserve’s rugged beauty, the Arc of Appalachia has already completed the installation of trailhead parking lots, and, over this coming winter, we will be building one of the longest collection of trails in our entire preserve system. Read More.
From Arc Newsletter Winter 2017. Over the past two years, we’ve been working to save an unbroken 600 acre forested tract in Scioto County known as Ohio Hanging Rock. It is rare to have such a large block of forest come up for sale at all, and even rarer to think we might actually be able to afford it. In the end, it was only because the Seller offered the Arc a substantial bargain sale that our purchase offer on Ohio Hanging Rock became a reality. That outcome in itself was a miracle, but when a second 147 acre tract came up for sale this year, located right next to the first 600 acres, and this owner also offered a bargain sale, it seemed too good to be true. Read More.
From Arc Newsletter Winter 2017. With the establishment of the Northwest Territory in 1787, pioneers floated down the Ohio River and began to settle in Ohio, using the Scioto and Little Scioto Rivers as their entry points into the Ohio Hanging Rock Region. The industrious settlers noticed iron and clay deposits exposed on the sandstone slopes of local rock formations, and limestone buried below the sandstone. These, along with forest resources, would become the predominate natural resources that would propel commerce in the region. Read More.
From Arc Newsletter Winter 2017. Brian K. Fenton is a neighbor of Ohio Hanging Rock with family roots preceding the operation of nearby Scioto Iron Furnace. His great grandfather was Albert B. Fenton who was the superintendent of Buckeye Steel Brick Factory in Scioto Furnace, OH, working at the plant from 1900 to the factory’s closure in the 1930’s. Read More.
Creating a 750 acre preserve in Scioto County. It was a rare opportunity for the Arc of Appalachia to purchase the first 600 acres of the Ohio Hanging Rock Preserve. It was a miracle that a second 150 acre tract, lying on the northwest end of the property would come up for sale just one year later. And it was only because of the generous bargain sales offered by both sellers and already awarded grants from Clean Ohio that creating a preserve of this scale is even possible. Read More.