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Offline Apercula

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Clear Fork River/Lyons Falls
« on: June 10, 2016, 10:50:19 AM »
I live a few miles from Mohican State Park in Ohio, in an effort to improve my fitness, I have decided to hike the trails there on a regular basis. Today's hike was along the Clear Fork river in the park then up the trail fork that goes to Lyons Falls. The last time I hiked this trail was probably 35 years ago when I was in middle school. My memory from school days was that Lyons Falls is more a small cliff with a trickle of water, than a real waterfall.

An interesting dead snag with woodpecker holes.


Looking down on the river from the trail.


At this point the trail forks, one path continues upstream to the Pleasant Hill Dam/Reservoir and the other path follows a small tributary creek to Lyons Falls, I suspect that in a couple weeks the tributary will dry up for the summer unless there is significant rainfall.


The tributary stream from the falls trail.


A fungi I met on the way.

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Re: Clear Fork River/Lyons Falls
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2016, 10:55:03 AM »
The initial view of the falls, as I remembered from school days, not much water there.




Since my school days they have built a stair up the right side to a path that continues to a second falls then on to the dam. I haven't walked that path, will be a future trip. This is from a landing half way up the stairs.


Representative photo of the wildlife I saw, the chipmunks were everywhere.

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Re: Clear Fork River/Lyons Falls
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2016, 11:30:15 AM »
Thanks for sharing! I was just there last weekend for a mountain bike race. I did race, but helped out and gave encouragement. Mohican is really cool place!

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Re: Clear Fork River/Lyons Falls
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2016, 04:25:54 PM »
Looks like a nice area to explore and get some exercise.

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Re: Clear Fork River/Lyons Falls
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2016, 05:04:13 PM »
Well, that is a interesting area to walk in.  I like those big rock areas.
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Re: Clear Fork River/Lyons Falls
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2016, 05:17:18 PM »
Pretty place. Thanks for sharing!


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Re: Clear Fork River/Lyons Falls
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2016, 06:07:51 PM »
Kind of reminds me of the portion of the Niobrara River valley within the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge here in NEBRASKA.  Looks very cool and peaceful.....just what we all need once in a while! :thumbsup:
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Re: Clear Fork River/Lyons Falls
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2016, 09:02:34 AM »
Today I decided to take a different angle on the park, first stop was the gorge overlook. Clear Fork river gorge is 1000 feet across, and 300 feet deep. On a fairly regular basis someone will walk off a path and over one of the cliffs.

From overlook, upstream toward where I hiked yesterday along the river.


And an idea of how fast it drops from the path.


I had misread the trail maps and thought the trail I wanted started at the overlook, but it was actually at the fire tower, so next stop was the fire tower. The fire tower is 80 feet tall, and guests can climb to the last landing below the observation platform.



We have 17 year cicadas this year, these were in the top of the oak next to the fire tower.



From the top of the tower.


After climbing the tower I found the trail head for the path I wanted. It was a somewhat different woods than yesterdays walk. There were lots of ferns and evergreens, and it was fairly open.







A fawn and I startled each other in the ferny area, it was lying next to a log and jumped up when I got too close. I had no chance for a picture, he never paused in his dash away.

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Re: Clear Fork River/Lyons Falls
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2016, 11:25:08 AM »
Beautiful! Thanks for posting. Keep up the exercise.  :cheers:

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Re: Clear Fork River/Lyons Falls
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2016, 06:56:05 PM »
Looks like a beautiful area.  Thanks for taking us along.

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Re: Clear Fork River/Lyons Falls
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2016, 06:11:03 AM »
Beautiful area to explore! Thanks for sharing.
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