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Early Autumn in Conkle’s Hollow

A couple of weeks ago we visited Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve to view fall foliage. It was a pleasant sunny day and fall color was in its early stages. The preserve parking lot was packed to overflowing. We hiked the 2.5 mile rim trail. Its a big preserve so once we got started it wasn't particularly crowded. Conkle's Hollow is a nice spot for viewing fall color and the area should now be at or near peak. Additional information TrekOhio: Conkle's Hollow TrekOhio: Read more ➜
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The Hocking Hills at Winter’s End

Like a lot of other people, I'm totally ready to leave winter behind at this point. However Bob convinced me to open myself to winter's beauty once more by hiking in the Hocking Hills this past Friday. It was sunny, but cold (around 20° F, -6.7° C), so we had to bundle up. We visited two attractions in the Hocking Hills State Park: Ash Cave and Cedar Falls. Then we hiked the Gorge Trail in the Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve. To make things easier for ourselves, we reduced our hiking by parking Read more ➜
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Conkle’s Hollow in Winter

We returned to Conkle's Hollow in early January.  Snow blanketed the hollow while icicles edged the cliff rim.  When the slightest breeze stirred the fir boughs, snow wafted down catching the light as it fell. We stuck to the lower "Gorge Trail" which was covered with snow and ice; it might have been slippery, but we were wearing YakTrax over our shoes, so we didn't slip at all (if you are unfamiliar with this winter gear, we discuss it here). A trickle of water was flowing at the Read more ➜
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Mid-autumn in Conkle’s Hollow

Last weekend's sunny, warm weather encouraged us to go for a hike around the Rim Trail at Conkle's Hollow. I just wanted to share a few photos, so you could see how beautiful this area is. Panoramic exploration This is such a beautiful trail. I took several panoramic photos, but there's always the question as to how to present such long, skinny photos at a blog. So I'm trying something new. I made a one-minute video were I am basically just panning Read more ➜
Posted in Hiking, Park review, Southeastern Ohio

Conkle’s Hollow: The Gorge Trail

Conkle's Hollow is a narrow gorge with breathtaking cliffs rising on either side; the cliffs are made of Blackhand sandstone and are quite sheer in places, the taller ones reaching up to 200 feet in height. Seasonal waterfalls flow from the cliffs at many sites, their streams joining to form Pine Creek on the valley floor. Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve has two main trails. The Rim Trail is on the plateau above and leads you around the upper border of the gorge. Read more ➜
Posted in Geology, Plants and trees

Wondering about Reindeer Moss

Although reindeer don't live in Ohio now, it was a different story during the last ice age. Photo courtesy of Dean Biggins of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, license: Public Domain Reindeer once lived in Ohio. About 24,000 years ago the Wisconsinan ice sheet expanded into Ohio. Central Ohio was buried under 1000 feet of ice (305 m). Near Lake Erie, the ice was five times thicker. As the ice sheet expanded southwards, all forests in its path were ground to a pulp. Animals from Read more ➜
Posted in Hiking, Park review, Southeastern Ohio

Conkle’s Hollow: The Rim Trail

Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve is a scenic narrow gorge located in Hocking Hills State Park. Two trails are available to hikers. The upper trail is the Conkle's Hollow Rim Trail. This is a spectacular loop trail that follows along the rim of the cliff walls affording a view of the valley and the cliff on the other side. A word of caution: this trail is moderately strenuous and not at all suitable for small children. Enjoy the view, but stay away from the cliff edges! The overall hike is about Read more ➜