Sharon Woods Gorge Trail

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  • Originally the Gorge Trail was a loop covering both sides of the gorge with a footbridge over Sharon Creek. One side of the trail closed in the late 1980s due to erosion. The bridge is now gone, but the supports remain and are visible on the lower portion of the trail.
  • The Gorge Trail is a perfect place to bird watch. There are a variety of woodpeckers that can be seen and heard as they hunt for insects in dead trees. Other common birds include the belted kingfisher, barred owl, white-breasted nuthatch, tufted titmouse and Carolina chickadee.
  • In 1977, Sharon Woods Gorge was designated as a State Nature Preserve because it contains valuable examples of Ohio’s native plant and animal communities, geological features and the habitats of rare and endangered species. It is under the protection of the Ohio Natural Areas Act of 1970.
  • While walking through the gorge, you can easily see the alternating layers of shale and limestone rock.This is the same bedrock that is found throughout our area. These fossil filled rocks from the Ordovician period, about 450 million years ago, are quite unstable and are very prone to landslides.

 

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Sharon Woods Gorge Trail