Winter is a great time to explore the woods. Whether it is hitting the woods for an after work trail run or hiking off holiday hors d'oeuvres, the Rabbit Hash Trail near Elizabeth is a great place to get some winter exercise for the mind and body.
If you prefer a long hike, take the trail out and back for a 4-mile round trip run or walk and tack on the 0.5 mile Ewbank Forestry Trail loop for added distance. For a more leisurely stroll, hike the Ewbank Forestry loop trail for interpretation on local tree species and to spy winter birds feeding in the forest. This is a hilly hike with some uneven footing that is sure to get your heart pumping.
It isn't just the hike that will take your breath away. Scenic views of the Little Mosquito Creek Valley are visible as you wind up, over and through oak-hickory forests. Pine needles pad your footing and delight you with their aroma on a small section of the trail where the trees were planted for soil stabilization in the 1930's. Listen for hooded warblers, turkeys and barred owls while the trail delights your senses.
The Rabbit Hash Trail extends approximately 2.5 miles from Rabbit Hash Road to Lamb Ridge Road. The 427-acre Rabbit Hash Preserve is owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy along with a 58-acre conservation easement donated by the Tom Ewbank family. This preserve is buffered by an additional 510 forested acres that are managed by the Forest Bank, a forest conservation tool designed for private landowners. The Rabbit Hash Trail traverses a small portion of the Harrison County Glades, a large forested landscape that the Nature Conservancy is protecting. Glades are small, natural openings in the forest where prairie-like plants abound. Harrison County contains some of the best remaining examples of limestone glades in the region.
The trail interprets forest management while on the Ewbank-Bishop property and proceeds through the Rabbit Hash Glade Preserve. On the preserve, trail signs interpret oak-hickory forests and some of the animals of this forest type. The trail terminates on private property owned by Commission Ministries, who allowed this trail’s connection to Lamb’s Ridge Road. The Harrison County Community Foundation funded the trail signs while the Elizabeth and Lanesville Boy Scout Troops along with numerous Nature Conservancy volunteers installed the trail, signs and footbridges.
Interested in helping to maintain this trail? Please contact Cassie Hauswald at email@example.com for opportunities.