Join us for a more rugged hike at Brecksville Reservation... we'll be taking the 4-mile Deer Lick Cave loop trail, with a side trip to down to Chippewa Creek where we might find a fossil or 2.
Please note- the Deer Lick Cave trail is rated moderate to difficult. Good hiking shoes are a must! The elevation gain is around 220 feet, not all that much but the trail may be steep in places. The trail passes by Deer Lick Cave, a place of historical interest:
"The cave consists of "Berea sandstone" that was formed about 350 million years ago during what geologists refer to as the "Mississipian period". Back then, northern Ohio was at the northeastern end of a large, shallow, inland ocean (giving a whole new meaning to the term "North Coast"!) Ancient rivers flowing into the ocean deposited sand (grains of quartz) along its edges in large quantities.
Over time, these layers of sand were compressed together and cemented into solid rock called Berea sandstone, an extremely durable rock that can be seen in many parts of northern Ohio today... Deer Lick Cave shows clear evidence of this ancient ocean."
Map of Brecksville Reservation HERE.
If the weather is wet on this day or in the days prior to the hike, we'll probably take the easier 2.5 mile Hemlock Loop instead.
A well-deserved meal at London Pickle Works following the hike... see you there :)