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Autumn Visit to Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve

One of my favorite places to enjoy the fall colors in central Ohio is Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve in Fairfield County. My friend, Connie, and I went hiking there Tuesday. The best view is at the cliff on the Jacob’s Ladder Trail. Here’s what it was like.

View from the cliff on the Jacob’s Ladder Trail

Connie taking in the view
Another view from the cliff at Christmas Rocks
This is part of the cliff that we were on.

Besides checking out the view from the cliff, we hiked the length of both trails there. Here are a few additional photos.

We parked in the lot near Mink Hollow Covered Bridge.
You access the preserve by walking down this dead-end road.
Here’s a view of the other trail in the preserve, the Christmas Rocks trail.
Another view of the Christmas Rocks trail
Christmas ferns

The ferns above stay green all winter. Ohio’s settlers used these ferns to decorate their homes for Christmas which is how the species got its name.

And now for the “rocks” part of Christmas Rocks. Here’s an example of some of the outcroppings there. This one has a small, recess cave.

I hope you enjoyed our autumn visit to Christmas Rocks. I would imagine that the leaves would still be colorful this coming weekend if you’d like to stop by. However be advised that the trail to the cliff is quite steep.

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