We were hoping for a little more autumn color when we decided to schedule a hike in The Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve but two days of wind and rain took care of that. Starting near the mill we were greeted with splashes of muted color from a few scattered young beech trees. The red of invasive burning bushes was also seen but most of the now faded leaves had found their final resting place along the trail.
“This 268-acre preserve protects one of the most spectacular dolomite and limestone gorges in the state. Registered as a National Natural Landmark in 1968, Clifton Gorge encompasses a 2-mile stretch of the Little Miami State and National Scenic River, just east of John Bryan State Park.
Geologically, it is an outstanding example of interglacial and post-glacial canyon cutting. At one point, the river funnels through a deep, narrow channel, which was apparently formed by the enlarging and connecting of a series of potholes in the resistant Silurian dolomite bedrock. In other sections of the gorge, cliff overhangs have broken off forming massive slump blocks scattered along the valley floor.
The shaded, north-facing slopes provide a cool, moist environment for northern species including hemlock, red baneberry, Canada yew, arbor-vitae and mountain maple. This is one of the most spectacular sites in the state for viewing spring wildflowers including the rare snow trillium”. (Ref: ODNR)
No hiking distance records were set, and it wasn’t a great day to capture fall color, but my wife did spot some very interesting fungi.
By far the most fascinating discovery was:
It was a wonderful time spent enjoying nature with friends. A visit to Clifton Gorge never disappoints.
Thanks for stopping by.
Cool finds and beautiful photos!
That’s a beautiful place and seein the bird’s nest fungi certainly would make the trip worth while for me.
The fluted bird’s nest fungus looks interesting. How big is it?
About the size of a golf tee.
Well spotted then.
The Fluted Bird’s Nest Fungi were certainly a great find, but I loved the views of the gorge in these images!
Beautiful scenes! The gorge would be well worth a visit!
The fluted birds nest fungi is awesome. Didn’t know there was such a thing!
We know such things exist but actually having and opportunity to see it is a real treat!
I have a picture of this fungus from Clifton Gorge in April this year. Maybe it is the same log?
Could very well be. Was it the same fungi?