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Fall Color Hike at Raven Rock State Nature Preserve

Posted on 10/22/2015 by State Nature Preserves
Permit-only preserve in Scioto County opened to public for free autumn hike

Join the preserve manager at Raven Rock State Nature Preserve on October 24 at 9 a.m. for a guided hike to the summit of Raven Rock. This weekend the preserve will offer a panoramic view of the Ohio River valley touched by the colors of autumn.

This moderate-to-rugged 2.5 mile hike will include unimproved trails and a 500 foot climb to the top of Raven Rock. The hike will begin at the Earl Thomas Conley Park parking lot. This is a free hike and registration is not required, but make sure to wear appropriate clothing for the weather and sturdy shoes. Other suggested items to bring along include cameras and binoculars.

Raven Rock is a promontory of Mississippian-age sandstone overlooking the Ohio River Valley. According to folklore, Weathering of the sandstone resulted in three natural arches, the largest has a 10-foot span. Native Americans used the rock as a lookout, spotting European settlers as they entered the region via flatboats on the Ohio River. Today the preserve is home to several endangered species.

Earl Thomas Conley Park is located on West State Route 52 in Portsmouth. For more information, please contact the Southwest Preserves District office at (740) 285-5971.