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Raven Rock State Nature Preserve

Raven Rock is a promontory of Mississippian age sandstone overlooking the Ohio River Valley. While various legends exist as to how the hill received its name, from the air, it takes on the shape of a bird with outstretched wings. According to folklore, Native Americans used the rock as a lookout, spotting European settlers as they entered the region via flat boats on the Ohio River. Today, the preserve continues to offer a panoramic view of the Ohio River valley. Weathering of the sandstone has resulted in three natural arches, the largest with a 10 foot span. The preserve is home to the potentially threatened blackjack oak (Quercus marilandica) and the state endangered small-flowered scorpion weed (Phacelia dubia). Raven Rock was dedicated to the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves by Charles A. Brown in 1993.

Local Directions

Located in Washington Township, Scioto County. Due to the sensitivity of the cliff community and ruggedness of the site, access is permit only through the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

Geology of Raven Rock Arch
Geology of Raven Rock Arch

Special Features

  • Promontory of Mississippian age sandstone
  • Potentially threatened blackjack oak
  • State endangered small-flowered scorpion weed


  • Steep, unimproved trail ascends approximately 500 feet to the summit of Raven Rock

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