BRILLIANT AUTUMN COLORS WILL HIGHLIGHT ANNUAL
CONKLE’S HOLLOW FALL FOLIAGE WEEKEND, OCTOBER 20-21
Last Natural Areas Discovery Series event of the year
COLUMBUS, OH -- Some of the best colors of the season will be on display at Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve for the 16th Annual Fall Foliage Event. Coordinated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), this outdoor open-house runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21.
“Conkle’s Hollow offers visitors brilliantly colored hills, winding trails and spectacular autumn views of the Hocking Hills,” said Steven Maurer, chief of the ODNR Division of Natural Areas & Preserves. “Uniformed naturalists will be on hand to direct visitors to the most scenic features of the preserve.”
Visitors to this year's event can explore 3.5 miles of trails, including the mile-long and handicapped-accessible Lower Gorge Trail. The weekend will include a re-enactment of a 1790s encampment, complete with period tents, settlers in pioneer dress and late 18th century cooking. The early Ohio settlers, portrayed by the Hock-Hocking Historical Trekkers, will set up camp west of the parking lot to show visitors what life was like for area pioneers.
The 87-acre Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve is one of 131 state nature preserves managed by the ODNR Division of Natural Areas & Preserves. Named after an area inscription, “W.J. Conkle 1797,” the preserve is home to Canada yew, teaberry, various ferns and several species of native orchids, as well as white-tailed deer, turkey, fox and beaver.
Known for its spectacular views and deep gorges, Conkle’s Hollow features cliffs of Black Hand sandstone rising nearly 200 feet above the valley floor. The preserve is open sunrise to sunset year-round.
To obtain directions to Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve, visit the ODNR Web site at ohiodnr.com. Contact preserve manager Jeff Johnson at 740-420-3445 for more information.
For More Information Contact:
ODNR Division of Natural Areas & Preserves
ODNR Media Relations