You and I live in a wonderful region of the State of Ohio because of its people and scenery. In fact, the Seal of Ohio depicts the Scioto River flowing between cultivated fields and Mount Logan in Chillicothe. I love the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “ Each moment of the year has its own beauty…a picture which was never before and shall never be seen again” and the blessing is that we know the author of each of those moments. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says it best, “God has made everything beautiful in its time”.
We know that there are plenty of people in the Shawnee Valley District who share a love for the natural world God has created for us to enjoy. You may love to hike, kayak, canoe or fish so we thought we would create a quarterly adventure for pastors and laity and their families as well as friends or neighbors to join with others for an adventure in God’s good creation. We will name a particular place and a starting time each quarter where you can come enjoy the fellowship of others. You can pack a lunch and enjoy eating lunch together as well. We will let you know if there is a lake at the selected place for those who would rather kayak, canoe or fish.
You're invited to join us on our next outing - April 13, 2019 at Fort Hill Earthworks and Nature Preserve
Fort Hill Earthworks and Nature Preserve
Fort Hill has what many call the best hiking trails in the state, encompasing 1300 acres in Highland County. Its fully mature forests harbor many rare or endangered wildflowers, hundreds of species of mushrooms and a high number of tree species. Birders will likely be able to check off several hard-to-find species. You can hike to a stone and earthen-walled Hopewell hilltop enclosure at the top of Fort Hill. With a circumference of 1 ½ miles, the earthwork has 33 gateways and, on the inside, a large ditch. For archaeology enthusiasts, the well-preserved hilltop enclosure at Fort Hill is spectacular. But Fort Hill also has a second Hopewell earthwork: Circle Earthwork, in a field on the south side of the park, can be hard to see. A mown trail accessible from the Buckeye Trail leads to the Circle Earthwork. Fort Hill is one of the best-preserved examples of an ancient hilltop enclosure. Fort Hill was built by American Indians of the Hopewell Culture, who lived in Ohio about 2,000 years ago. Despite the name, Fort Hill was not an actual fort used for warfare, but more likely a ceremonial gathering place. Fort Hill is also a nature preserve, and the 1,300 acres are home to one of southern Ohio’s largest mature forests, with many towering old trees. There are 11 miles of hiking trails at the preserve, as well as a picnic area and latrines. A museum houses exhibits on the geology and archaeology of the area.