COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) invites the public to enjoy a fall color celebration at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve the weekend of Oct. 13-14. Some of the best sights of the autumn season can be found at the preserves located in the Hocking Hills region. This open-house styled event runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct.13-14.
The 87-acre Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve is one of 136 state nature preserves and is best known for its spectacular views and deep gorge featuring cliffs of Black Hand Sandstone rising nearly 200 feet above the valley floor. Visitors to the event can explore 3.5 miles of trails, including the 1-mile accessible Gorge Trail and the 2.5-mile Rim Trail—one of the most scenic in the hills.
For history lovers, the weekend will include a period encampment with 18th century historical interpreters. They will be demonstrating various 18th century trades and lifeways common to those who first explored and settled this part of Ohio.
For those seeking a more structured visit, the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves will offer three naturalist-led tours of preserves not typically open to the public. Each of these guided tours will require pre-registration and will be limited to 15 participants.
The three state nature preserves to be visited are: Little Rocky Hollow, Sheick Hollow and Saltpetre Cave. The hikes at Little Rocky and Sheick Hollow will last for 3-4 hours (a sack lunch to eat on the trail is suggested) while the Saltpetre Cave hike will last less than 1 hour. All three sites will include hiking up steep slopes and traversing uneven terrain.
Registrants will meet at Conkles Hollow and then travel to the various sites to begin the hike. To register for one of the three tours, or for questions about any of the programs, call 740-380-8918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve is located at 24858 Big Pine Road, Rockbridge, Ohio 43149.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.