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SHV Outdoor Enthusiasts Group

Calling All Outdoor Enthusiasts in the SHV District!  Our next adventure is Saturday, September 1 at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve in Jackson County, Ohio. 

Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve is a magnificent natural area in southeast Ohio's Jackson County. It was dedicated as a state nature preserve through the foresight and generosity of two long-time business partners, Edwin A. Jones and James J. McKitterick. The focal point of this preserve is a clear water lake surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs. The rich Appalachian forest is cut by three deep ravines in which are found magnolias, eastern hemlock, sweet gum, birch and beech. The dry ridge tops support an association of mountain laurel, Virginia pine and oak. The preserve has many native orchids as well as diverse spring flora. Lake Katharine harbors the state's largest and finest populations of both bigleaf and umbrella magnolia trees, both state-listed species. 

Location:

1703 Lake Katharine Road
Jackson, Ohio 45640

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.