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Clear Fork Gorge State Nature Preserve

Preserving 29 acres in Ashland County

Clear Fork Gorge is situated along the north bluff of the Clear Fork of the Mohican State Scenic River. The white pine-hemlock forest community here, although only 8 acres in extent, is one of the best remaining woodlands like this in the state. Huge native white pines and eastern hemlocks grow on the steep sides of the gorge wall.

In addition to rare nesting warblers, one of the most interesting species observed here is the round-leaved orchid.

Local Directions

Located in Ashland County, within Mohican State Forest. To access the preserve, park at the Mohican fire tower on the south side of State Forest Road 51. The trail head is located across the street from fire tower parking area on the north side of State Forest Road 51. When the trail forks, turn right and travel approximately 1/10 of a mile to reach the preserve sign and kiosk. State Forest Road 51 is accessible from State Route 97.

Special Features

Geologic Features
Bird Watching

  • steep gorge
  • white pine and hemlock forest
  • Mohican State Scenic River


  • .25 trail
  • bulletin board, signage and parking at Mohican Forest Fire Tower lot

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