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Clear Fork Gorge State Nature Preserve

Overview

The 29-acre Clear Fork Gorge State Nature Preserve is situated along the north bluff of the Clear Fork of the Mohican State Scenic River. The white pine-hemlock forest community here, although only 8 acres in extent, is one of the best remaining woodlands like this in the state.

Huge native white pines and eastern hemlocks grow on the steep sides of the gorge wall. In addition to rare nesting warblers, one of the most interesting species observed here is the round-leaved orchid.

  • Open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
  • Stay on designated trails
  • Pets are not permitted
  • No restrooms

Trails

  • 0.3 mile hiking trail

Local Directions

Mohican State Park/Forest, Ashland County. To access the preserve, park at the Mohican fire tower on the south side of State Forest Road 51. The trail head is located across the road from the fire tower parking area on the north side of State Forest Road 51. When the trail forks, turn right and travel about 0.1 mile to reach the preserve sign and information kiosk. State Forest Road 51 is accessible from State Route 97.

Emergencies

Call: 911

Non-Emergency

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