Trilobite LbNA # 23827
|Placed Date||Jul 10 2006|
Difficulty: moderate to difficult because though this need not be a long hike, it requires walking up (and then back down) a rather steep hillside.
This letterbox is located at Caesar Creek Lake and State Park. Caesar Creek State Park is located in Warren County, and its official address is 8570 East S.R. 73 near Waynesville, Ohio. A map of the park is located at the ODNR web site.
This letterbox is located at Caesar Creek on the yellow blazed trail next to the dam spillway and lake intersection, an area called Flat Fork Ridge. The spillway and associated parking lot is a large drainage cut through shale. Many people hunt fossils in this location, and free permits to do so are available from the Visitor Center.
The spillway, dam and Visitor Center are located at the southwest portion of the lake. The most direct route is from the town of Corwin (Waynesville) on Route 73. There are posted signs to the dam and Visitor Center on Route 73. Go south (southeast) on Clarksville Road until you pass the Visitor Center and the dam. The spillway parking lot is directly off Clarksville Rd past the dam. You will notice a wide open area with low shale cliffs where the fossils are located; park in the associated parking lots.
To find the letterbox, follow the path or low cliffs northeast towards the lake. You will find a yellow blazed path at the farthest NE corner where the low walls taper into the hill side. The path leads upward on this NE direction through low lying vegetation. This low vegetation rapidly changes to woods. After entering the woods, there are a number of tree roots crossing the trail. Find the first large tree to the right of the trail. If you follow the trail downhill, you’ve gone too far. From the large tree, count 13 steps at 160 degrees to a Shagbark Hickory (a smaller tree with flaky bark). Continue 12 steps at 110 degrees to a large rock; the box is located at its base.
We enjoy hiking Caesar Creek’s 13 mile Perimeter Loop Trail, and you will pass this letterbox if you hike the trail. A text description of the trail can be found at: http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/ccl/article.asp?id=203 and a map showing the trail is available at the Visitor Center. This trail provides a magnificent display of wildflowers in the spring including trillium and trout lily.