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Spring Wildflower Hike Ramble at Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve

Posted on 4/18/2016 by State Nature Preserves
Join a wildflower ramble at Christmas Rocks. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves will be hosting a spring wildflower hike at Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Dutchman's breeches


Situated near the boundary of the older Illinois glaciated and un-glaciated areas of Fairfield County, Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve boasts wildflower collections and their pollinators. This on and off-trail wildflower ramble will giving participants a chance to view the variety of wildflowers growing along the ridge and in the hollows.

Early saxifrage


Due to the hilly terrain and length of the program, participants are asked to bring adequate water, lunch and wear sturdy footwear. Please note that pets are not allowed at Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve.

Because of the off-trail nature of the hike, participants must RSVP to attend. The hike will be limited to 15 participants. To register, call Boch Hollow State Nature preserve at (740) 380-8918 and talk to staff or leave a voicemail. You can also register by emailing jim.osborn@dnr.state.oh.us.

Wild ginger


Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve is located at 2340 Meister Road SW, Lancaster. From Lancaster, travel State Route 22 West approximately 4.3 miles and turn left onto Delmont Road. Continue on Delmont Road for a half mile and turn left at the split onto Stony Hill Road. Continue on Stony Hill Road for .8 miles and turn Right onto Hopewell Church Road. Continue on Hopewell Church for 1.9 miles and turn left onto Meister Road. You will cross Hamburg Road at 1.1 miles. Follow Meister Road for .7 miles. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Crooks Road and park in the paved lot near Mink Hollowed Covered bridge. For more information about Christmas Rocks, check out the website at http://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/christmasrocks