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ASH CAVE FRONTIER TRAIL HIKE

 ASH CAVE FRONTIER TRAIL HIKE
 On May 16, visitors to Ash Cave in Hocking Hills can relieve the


past on the Ash Cave Frontier Trail. Visitors will hike back through time to witness life as it once was in the area.
 The Frontier Trail will introduce hikers to the colorful history of the Hocking Hills region. Several characters will be stationed along the trail to interpret their particular era of Ash Cave history. Trained interpreters will be representing these true-life characters who at one time lived near or visited the Ash Cave region.
 The hike will begin with a park ranger portraying the present time period and will regress through the past as the trail continues. Other characters and portrayals include Richard Rowe (the namesake of Old Man's Cave), a preacher, an early settler, a trapper's camp, and a Native American from the mid 1700's.
 The trail winds through some of the most beautiful scenery in the state of Ohio. Towering hemlocks, colorful wildflowers, and rugged sandstone cliffs line the way which meanders through the gorge carved by Queer Creek. The trail leads to Ash Cave, the largest recess cave in the state of Ohio. This awesome geologic formation spans 700 feet around its horseshoe shape. A misty waterfall plunges 90 feet from the rim to the valley floor below.
 This paved trail is approximately 1/4 mile in length from the parking lot to the cave. The level valley floor and hard surface make it wheelchair accessible. Parking and restrooms are also accessible for persons with disabilities.
 Tour leaders will be on hand to guide groups on this historic journey to the past. Hikes will start from the parking lot every 15 minutes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A picnic area and shelterhouse are adjacent to the parking lot. So, pack a lunch and join the group on this Frontier Hike.
 For further information call Hocking Hills State Park, 614-385- 6841.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Bennett, manager of Hocking Hills State Park, 614-385-6841, or Mary Hayes, chief, media relations and communications for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 614-265-6886/ CO: Ohio Department of Natural Resources ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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