Rock Run Guided Hike

Saturday, September 5, 2020
Arrive at 9:45 am, Hike is from 10 am sharp through mid-afternoon

Join Arc Land Manager, Tim Pohlar, on a guided hike on the new trail at the Rock Run Preserve

Rock Run is currently a 800-acre Arc of Appalachia preserve region protecting the Appalachian hill country surrounding the exceptionally deep ravine of Rock Run – a two square mile pristine watershed that flows directly out of Shawnee Forest into the Ohio River. Rock Run lies near the southern borders of the Shawnee State Forest, north of the Ohio River, east of Rome, and west of Buena Vista. Since 2003, the Arc has been buying property in the watershed of Rock Run, picking up several parcels to date that had not been acquired by the Shawnee State Forest. The Arc’s long-term goal is for Rock Run to be one of the best protected watersheds in all of Ohio by preserving the watershed in its entirety. Click here for more information on the Rock Run Preserve.

The hillsides harbor a great diversity of wildflowers, over 28 species of ferns, and interesting woody plants such as mountain laurel, black birch, and hemlock. This past fall, for 8 weeks, we had a hard-working crew from AmeriCorp, along with Arc Staff and volunteers, who helped install a trail at this preserve, which will make it accessible to the general public for the first time! Arc Land Manager, Tim Pohlar, is delighted to take you on a guided hike of the newest trail in the Arc’s preserve system.

Your Leader – Tim Pohlar

Tim Pohlar is the Arc’s Land Stewardship and Volunteer Manager.  He is passionate about nature preservation and fell in love with the mission of the Arc from the day he first visited the website back in 2004 when it was only one preserve in size – the Highlands Nature Sanctuary.  He started at the Sanctuary as an intern, worked as a seasonal staff for a few years; and then, after that, became a full time employee. During these  used he lived places in the Sanctuary, including a tent by Talodon Pond, and the old farm house at the trailhead entrance to Kamelands Trail. In 2010, Tim met a wonderful lady, Miriam, and decided that fate was leading them into sustainable agriculture. They married and moved to to La Crosse, WI, where they had two little girls and worked on the family’s organic dairy farm.  During the eight years they worked the farm, Tim gained a vast range of skills and perspectives of the world that helped give him a rounded understanding of land management and preservation, and the juxtaposition of farmlands and preserved natural areas.  Through a series of fateful events, Miriam and Tim, and their girls, Rose and Quinn, have recently returned to continue their work with the Arc.  They are excited to further the mission of  the organization and work with the many wonderful people that come together under the Arc’s umbrella – making the Arc’s miraculous landscape possible!

What to Bring

Filled water bottle
A packed Lunch
Boots with good tread.
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 registration form for the guided hike. A confirmation will be sent to you a few weeks 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 or 937-365-1935. 

General Hike Location: Near Shawnee State Forest off of Hwy 52.

Length and Difficulty: This 3.5 mile hike is rated difficult to moderately difficult. Rock Run is rugged and remote, and this hike is not for the faint-hearted. We will be slowly winding our way from our base near the Ohio River, to the top of the ridge, an elevation gain of 650 feet. We will be following the newly installed trail, which may be muddy in the spring, so be sure to wear appropriate shoes. The rise is gradual but steady (if you are out of shape, you may call it relentless) and at times will have short steep ascents and descents, and some sections are along cliff edges. This hike is for strong hikers only, who can hike briskly for several hours without experiencing pain, loss of balance, or undue fatigue.

Rock Run, Baundry Stone