Rocky Fork Series LbNA # 43689
|Placed Date||Sep 27 2008|
ROCKY FORK SERIES: (Hollow, Nook and Cranny)
REPLACED ALL THREE STAMPS WITH NEWLY CARVED ONES
This is the first attempt at adding letterboxes for my 12 year old daughter. She made the stamps for all these locations. This area is a beautiful but not-so-well known of the Hocking Hills region. If you enjoy a good hike, the Buckeye Trail (at which you will find 2 of our boxes) is a moderate hike with spectacular views. It is well worth the trip, however, it is advised that you hike with a partner as this is in a rather remote area. My daughter and I welcome your comments regarding our boxes and we will be placing more boxes in the Hocking Hills area in the very near future.
Terrain: Drive up and short hike
Items needed: Stamp, Stamp pad, may need dry socks for NOOK,
From State Route 33 between Lancaster and Logan
Turn onto OH-180 towards Laurelville (this is the only way you can go)- go 4.0 miles to STATE ROUTE 678
Bear Left on STATE ROUTE 678(OH-678) - go 1.3 mi
Turn Left on CR-9 (Kreashbaum Rd)- the road will immediately split,
Bear Right on KREASHBAUM RD - go 0.6 mi to ROCKY FORK ROAD which is on the left
From Old Man’s Cave Nature Center,
Take STATE ROUTE 664 SOUTH (past the Old Man’s Cave Lodge entrance), 1.7 miles to STATE ROUTE 374.
Turn RIGHT on STATE ROUTE 374, go 1.0 mile
Turn RIGHT onto BIG PINE ROAD. Travel 2.6 miles on BIG PINE ROAD to KREASHBAUM ROAD..
Turn LEFT onto KREASHBAUM ROAD, drive 2.5 miles to ROCKY FORK ROAD which bears to the right.
Rocky Fork Road is easily missed as it drops down quickly off a left curve on Kreashbaum Road. In case you have difficulty locating the road, there are green cabin business signs on the left side of Kreashbaum Road that point towards Rocky Fork.
HOLLOW -Drive slowly down the narrow, gravel Rocky Fork Road for 0.8 miles to a small pull off at the right. (If you are confused at a point in the road where Buckeye Cabins are located, take the sharp right curve to continue on Rocky Fork) At the small pull off, look just ahead and beyond the pull off to the right to see a large dead log. From the furthest point of this log, take a 320 bearing and walk 7 steps to the base of a large gnarly tree. The letterbox will be found in the hollow base of this tree.
Continue driving in the same direction for another 0.2 miles (or for those who so wish, this is a beautiful walk) to another pull off on the right to a Buckeye Trail marker. (These markers are 3’ x2” brown vinyl posts, topped with Buckeye Trail info)
NOTE: This letterbox may require you get your feet wet. Use caution when crossing the rock bed.
Face the Buckeye Trail marker and make a 260 degree bearing, walking 33 steps to the creeks edge. Follow the creek edge to the second rock drop off. If you walk as far as the fallen tree across the creek, you have gone a few steps too far. Look on the opposite creek side rock wall (this is the side of the creek nearest the road) for a small opening with a red clay brick in it. The pouch will be located behind this brick.
CRANNIE - Return to the Buckeye Trail marker and walk this trail 180 steps in a south-westerly direction across the fern bed into the Hemlock Forrest to a bowed tree which is located near the right side of the trail. From this point, walk an additional 33 steps to a fallen tree which has been cut in two pieces across the trail. From here, turn towards the tree portion located on the right side of the trail. The letterbox will be located in a cavity in the trunk at a point farthest away from the trail.