Hocking Hills State Park
Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve
The second day of the weekend visit to Hocking Hills State Park was as clear and fairly warm as the first day. Be sure to see the last post for lots of background on the area- here’s more pictures.
The restaurant and recreation center was open on a limited schedule in the cold weather
We drove to Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve in the area:
Conkle’s Hollow is a gorge. Water slowly eroded away Blackhand Sandstone, creating the ravine. Sandstone is a very porous substance and much more susceptible to erosion than many other types of rocks. Cliffs, standing approximately two hundred feet in height, surround three sides of Conkle’s Hollow. Near the end of the ravine, the cliffs are only three hundred feet apart. Plant life, including hemlock and birch trees and various types of wildflowers, thrive in the gorge.
River Birch trees were fairly common near the entrance
I’ll let the signs speak for themselves- click on pictures for a larger size
As we enter the hollow, the slopes rise around us
Ferns of different varieties abound on the gorge floor
The sandstone cliffs rise up to 200 feet above us, a fairly rare thing in Ohio
The slopes are rugged and steep now
The hollow was humid due to the small stream and the cliffs boxing in the air
The hollow ends in a small waterfall area, just a trickle at the time
This hollow tree was a natural plant holder
The hollow got cold fast as the sunlight was blocked out by the steep cliffs
Back to the cabin
Nice to rest after a long day.
Part 3 is coming next week- stay tuned!