Crane Hollow Nature Preserve Hike

  • April 21, 2018
  • 11:00 AM
  • Crane Hollow, Hocking County, Ohio

Organization: Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society

Crane Hollow Nature Preserve is a dedicated state nature preserve owned and managed by Crane Hollow, Inc., a private, nonprofit corporation. The preserve features varied native vegetation, along with cliffs and ravines formed in Black Hand Sandstone. Because this ecosystem is fragile, Crane Hollow Preserve is only open by restricted access. There are over 20 fern species and we could see blue cohosh (Caulophyllum giganteum), Indian cucumber root (Medeola virginiana), dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolius), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), miterwort (Mitella diphylla), long-spurred violet (Viola rostrate), and sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis), as well as many other acid-loving flora.

Joe Moosbrugger, the Assistant Preserve Manager, is planning on leading a 4–5-hour field trip along with another naturalist. The hike will largely be off trail and will have several stream crossings. Be aware that Crane Hollow does not have a trail system. We will follow stream beds, old logging roads, game trails, or sometimes no trail at all. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Walking sticks are recommended for the rugged terrain. We will lunch out in the field, so bring a sack lunch and beverage with you. 

Hike size will be limited to 30, so an RSVP is required. RSVP to Angela Carter at or 513-300-2787. Crane Hollow is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes from downtown Cincinnati; directions will be sent when you RSVP.

Our hikes and lectures are free and open to the public, (but we depend on our memberships to cover our expenses). All are welcome.

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