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Edge of Appalachia Preserve Cedar Falls © TJ Vissing

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Helen Black Trail Opening


**We are sorry to announce that this event (orginally scheduled in March) has been canceled for now.  We are working on finding a date for this in Fall 2020. We will update this page when we have a new date confirmed.**

Join us for the Grand Opening of the Helen C. Black Trail at Cedar Falls. The trail is tucked within the amazing landscape of the Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System in Adams County in Southern Ohio.  This trail naming honors the legacy of Helen Black (1924-2018) who was a longtime supporter of conservation in Ohio.

Helen worked over five decades to ensure the protection of the lands and species that make the Edge of Appalachia Preserve so special. Helen was inspired by Dr. E. Lucy Braun of Cincinnati and her botanical discoveries and research in Adams County. Helen was an integral part in helping the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System grow to over 20, 000 acres.

The trail itself is a three-mile, round-trip trail. It begins among a grove of eastern red cedar trees and ends at a dramatic overlook perched on the edge of a cliff above the falls. Along the way, you will experience diverse deciduous forest, cross several rocky tributary streams and pass through the boulder field—a narrow area of Cedar Run gorge where massive blocks of Peebles Dolomite have fallen from nearby cliffs. This hike is strenuous in some areas.

Pre-registration will be required.  We will link to the registration site when the new date is chosen.

Parking will be on a mowed, grassy field. Space is limited; carpooling is encouraged.