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Crane Hollow Nature Hike

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Let's enjoy the chance to see a private nature preserve in the Hocking Hills region. This is a slow hike covering about 5 miles. We will meet at the Ellis home at 10am and leave on the hike at 10:15am. We will be stopping to discuss geologic features, flora, and fauna of the hollow. Please bring a bag lunch to eat in the hollow. I also recommend you bring your camera and hiking sticks. The hike limit was set by Crane Hollow, Inc., which means I can't change it.

I am requiring everyone who attends makes at least a $10 donation to Crane Hollow Inc, a non-profit, private operating foundation. Make the check out to Crane Hollow Inc. and mail it to me at PO BOX 271, New Carlisle, OH 45344 by September 25th to reserve your spot. Your donation is tax-deductible.

After the hike at Crane Hollow we can try to find Corkscrew Falls. Although these falls aren't on the official list of attractions at Hocking Hills State Park, they are a well-kept local secret. See picture below of the falls.

Instructions from our Guide at Crane Hollow:

1.) If you have sturdy waterproof boots or shoes, please wear them. If not, wear sturdy shoes and bring some extra ones to change into for the ride home. Your feet will get wet. We’ll follow old road beds, deer trails and stream beds as we hike. Crane Hollow does not have an organized system of trails. This hike is rated as strenuous due to the Hocking Hills terrain and length of the hike.

2.) Bring your rain gear.

We will hike rain or shine

. In the case of high winds or dangerous lightning, we may have to cut the hike short or cancel.

3.) Bring a lunch to eat on the trail, snacks, and plenty of water.

4.) As we hike, we will take breaks along the way. Photographs for personal use are permitted.

5.) Restrooms are available at our meeting and ending place, the Ellis home; however facilities do not exist on the preserve itself.

Carpooling: Meet at Carriage Hil Metropark visitor center parking lot at 7800 E Shull Rd, Huber Heights, just off Rte 201 (Brandt Pk). I will be there at 7:50 am and leave at 8:00am. I have room for 3 extra people in my car and anyone else who wants to volunteer for carpooling can take some other people. It will certainly save us money on gas. I will be driving a bronze Pruis.

Description of Crane Hollow:

Crane Hollow Inc. invites you to explore this privately owned, dedicated state nature preserve in the heart of the Hocking Hills. Executive Director Heather Stehle will lead the group as we explore everything from the dry ridge tops, massive rock outcrops, and the cool stream valley shaded by majestic hemlocks.

Jane Ann Ellis and her late husband, William Ellis, founded Crane Hollow, Inc. in 1980. Their vision was to establish a permanent, nature preserve for the plants, animals, and natural communities of the Crane Hollow watershed to be used by future generations for enjoyment and scientific study. Thanks to their diligent work, 1,500 acres of the 1,900 acres owned by Crane Hollow, Inc. are now dedicated as a state nature preserve by ODNR, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

Thank you in advance for respecting that this is a private residence. Crane Hollow is accessible by permit only and on guided hikes with Crane Hollow employees, partners, or contractors.


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