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Little Rocky Hollow State Nature Preserve

Preserving 259 acres in Hocking County

One of several nature preserves in the Pine Creek watershed, Little Rocky Hollow is a wonderful example of a hardwood-hemlock ravine system. Spectacular rock formations of Mississippian age Black Hand sandstone tower over the stream valley supporting an enormous collection of ferns, lichens, mosses and liverworts. The valley floor supports yellow and black birch, tulip, sycamore and eastern hemlock while the uplands include various oaks, hickories and native Virginia pine. Wildflowers of note include sullivantia (Sullivantia sullivantii), creeping phlox (Phlox subulata), trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens) and roundleaf catchfly (Silene rotundifolia).

Local Directions

Access is by permit only from the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

Preserve Access Permit

Special Features

Spring Wildflowers

  • Exceptional large oak, hickory, maple and beech trees
  • Excellent spring wildflower display


  • Parking lot and short trail leads across Hocking State Forest land down into the valley of Little Rocky Hollow