Cabins at Wood Thrush Cove

Acres: 6      Donation Value: $345,000

A New Arc of Appalachia Forest Retreat

in Hocking Hills

Last winter, Suellen Bowersock reached out to the Arc of Appalachia about her 6 acre property in Hocking Hills. The property is nestled in a protected forested hollow, dissected by a babbling stream that is lined in the spring by wildflowers. On the property sit two beautiful cabins, which Suellen’s mother, Wanda Bowersock, molded together from historic log cabins sourced from around the region. Wanda lived an extraordinary life and spent her remaining years in one cabin while maintaining the other as a bed and breakfast. After she passed away in 2013, Suellen and her husband continued to care for the property for the past several years, but began looking for a non-profit organization that would be able to carry on her mother’s legacy. This past February 2020, the Arc of Appalachia was honored to be chosen as the property’s new caretakers. Click here to learn more about the property’s cultural history.

Since then, a coalition of caretakers has formed: Frank and Bonnie Gifford serving as resident land stewards; Dane and Connie Clyburn voluntarily decorating and furnishing the cabins; and Arc Board Member, Brian Blair, and his wife, Susan Spinelli, assisting in the property’s upkeep and maintenance. This band of “Arc Angels” has been working diligently to get the property ready to serve as an educational facility for groups and a retreat for the general public, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the tranquil beauty of Wood Thrush Cove once more. Stay tuned!

The ravines of Red Rock Bluffs shelter trees of impressive girths.