ODNR Offers Series of Hikes to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

Geology and Natural History of Original ODNR Lands will be Spotlighted. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the ODNR Division of Geological Survey will lead a series of hikes at four of the agency’s original lands when it was formed in 1949. Throughout 2024, the Legacy Geology Hike Series will provide hikers with opportunities to join ODNR geologists and naturalists and explore Ohio State Parks that feature some of Ohio’s most fascinating geologic features, flora, and fauna. 

The Legacy Geology Hike Series is designed to cover a wide range of Ohio’s geologic history, from the Ordovician Period through the most-recent Ice Age, a span of about 450 million years. From world-renowned fossil beds to striking rock formations, to the complex landforms left behind by glaciers, the geology of Ohio offers something interesting for everyone. 

“We’re excited to offer these hikes that were specially chosen to showcase some of Ohio’s incredible geological heritage,” said Mark Jones, Division Chief and State Geologist of Ohio. “Participants will not only see beautiful natural landscapes, but they’ll also learn about the geological processes that have shaped Ohio over millions of years.” 

The series includes four hikes, with each focusing on an area of Ohio that has an interesting story to tell. Hike dates and locations are as follows:  

  • May 18, Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park, 1 PM 
  • June 22, Kiser Lake State Park, 1 PM 
  • October 5, Shawnee State Park, 2:30 PM 
  • November 2, Hueston Woods State Park, 10 AM Hike, 1 PM Fossil Collecting 

Complete details about the Legacy Geology Hike Series, including start times and directions, are available online at ohiodnr.gov/legacygeologyhike.  

The Legacy Geology Hike Series is one of several special events ODNR is hosting throughout the year to commemorate the department’s 75th anniversary. Other events include tree plantings in all of Ohio’s 88 counties and a birthday party during the Ohio State Fair.

In 2024, join ODNR as we celebrate 75 years of protecting Ohio’s natural resources and providing outstanding and award-winning recreational opportunities.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov

Information courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Ohio Geological Survey