Naptime  LbNA # 4043

Placed DateMay 25 2003
LocationNewark, OH
Found By doublewing
Last Found May 19 2009
Hike Distance?

Naptime - reported MIA 5/29/03
1 box
Difficulty: easy
Distance: .25 miles, accessible on foot
Willowanderer?s pace count is 53 per 100 yards

Follow signs from OH SR 16 or the National Road to Flint Ridge State Historic Site. The site is open Wednesday-Saturday 9-5.

Flint Ridge contains quarry pits where all of the ancient people of Ohio came to get flint for both tools and weapons. The flint was also a trade item for many of these people. The flint was especially prized by the Hopewell Culture for its quality and beauty. A walk through the site brings home how hard people labored to remove this material from the earth.

The forest itself is worthy of attention. The hardwood forest has some magnificent examples of the trees that created a leafy canopy over much of Ohio. Wildflowers in the spring and colors in the fall all are part of the site. Many species of wildlife abound in the forest as well.

The museum at Flint Ridge is built around a restored prehistoric quarry pit and explains both the digging and shaping of flint. The unique geology of the area is also a feature of the displays. The site includes a museum shop that features flint as a gemstone with locally manufactured jewelry.

A picnic area with tables, grills, drinking water, and restrooms is available.

Clues: After visiting the excellent little museum, begin at the paved nature trail entrance nearby. Note that this trail is interpreted for blind, deaf, and wheelcahir confined trailgoers. Read the trail signs 'til you find one with "Wild" in the title. From this sign, go to the end of your rope, count back two posts, and look for a large stump at a bearing of ninety degrees. It's naptime at the base of this stump, south side, under the leaf mould and among the roots and rhizomes.

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