On Thursday I headed over to Cantwell Cliffs. This is one of the units of Hocking Hills State Park and Hocking State Forest. All of the other units are pretty-much connected, but Cantwell Cliffs stands alone. It is also the most northernmost unit. It turns out that I haven’t been there in probably 10 years, so I thought I’d add it to the areas that I’ve mapped.
I of course brought along with me topo maps of the park.
When I entered the park, I was greeted by the following map on a bulletin board:
Hmmm. Something seemed odd. The entrance road and parking lot seemed to on the end of a ridge, but if you overlaid the topography of the bulletin board map with the topo map, the parking lot should have been in a valley, not on a ridge. It turns out that the bulletin board map was just plain old wrong. Somebody, with the best of intentions, I’m sure, just didn’t know how to read terrain.
However, I do, and so here is the map I produced for where the trails are:
You can kind of see where they went wrong. Interestingly, since Hocking Hills is such a tourist destination, there are quite a few websites with maps. This website is wrong; this website gets it right.
Regardless, it was a fun afternoon. The trillium is in bloom. I took this photo which was taken just below the “Fat Woman’s Squeeze”:
May apples are just coming up (the leaves are still pretty small, and there are no flowers yet). Other wild-flowers were in abundance.
Cantwell Cliffs is an archetypal example of what makes Hocking Hills so spectacular, and it is just full of recess caves. We’ve been getting quite a bit of rain lately, so the waterfall was looking pretty good: