LUKE CHUTE CONSERVATION AREA LbNA # 45825
|Placed Date||Mar 5 2009|
|Last Update||May 24 2012|
Difficulty: Easy, but beware of briars and POISON IVY. May be a little muddy in places.
Terrain: One small hill to go down and then back up, otherwise flat and level.
Distance: about 1 mile round trip.
Please bring your stamp, stamp pad, and writing utensil, and binoculars if you are interested in bird/wildlife watching.
These boxes are located on the Luke Chute Conservation Area. http://www.muskingumriver.org/lukechute.html
Location: Morgan County, Windsor Twp., on State Route 266,. From Beverly go north on SR 60 and turn left onto SR 266. Go about 5 miles and as the road starts to climb a hill, look to your left for the sign marking the Luke Chute Conservation Area. From Stockport go across the bridge and turn right on SR 266 and head downriver about 5 miles. Just past the Robinson’s on Blueberry Hill sign you will see the sign marking Luke Chute Conservation Area on your right. (There is an old barn, silo and little gravel driveway).
Pull into the gravel driveway and park close to the green metal gate with the trail map and info next to it. There is a little pathway thru the fence to the right of the trail sign. (The old building to the left of the gate is the old granary.)
Go thru the fence cut and head down the hill to the white mailbox and green trail sign, over to your left. Walk down the trail. At the bottom there is a green sign that says Parking, over top a yellow sign. Go to the right here.(You will be looping back to this spot) and head on down the trail. Just past the next green sign(on your right) you will see a pile of old rotting logs. Look along the side of the larger one nearest the trail, and you will see a smaller cut piece laying “under” it. Behind this smaller piece you will find someone READING THE CLUES. Do your stamping here, or a little ways on down the trail is a nice seat. Be sure to replace everything as you found it and continue on down the trail. The trail bends left and runs parallel with the river. Soon you will come to MUSKRAT POINT. This is a nice spot to sit and enjoy the river view. But, passing on, the trail makes a sharp left turn and parallels a small creek. On your right you will see two “fenced” trees, and just beyond, next to creek, is a large tree with a hole at it base. SUCCESS! is hiding along the inside of the hole under rocks and bark. Be careful here, as you see you are very near houses. So try to do your stamping discreetly here, or take it back to MUSKRAT POINT and do your stamping. As always, be sure to reseal, close and re-hide properly. Now continue on and soon you will be back to the Parking trail sign. Go up the hill and back to your car. There are more Letterboxes in the local area. So be sure to check them out if you haven't already.
Please let me know of any problems or comments you may have.
NOTE: Two of the locals, Dave and Doug, keep an eye on the property. They are very friendly and interesting to talk to, so if you see them give them a Hey! and stop and visit a bit.
The mill at Luke Chute was the principal mill in the settlement- in the early years. The date of its erection is not to be ascertained, but it was probably in operation as early at 1815. Luke Emerson and Samuel White built it in partnership. They constructed a dam from the island to the shore, which threw the water around the island, making a rapid on the other side, called the " chute "—hence Luke's Chute. After being in operation many years the mill was burned. Samuel and Wells White, by the assistance of their neighbors, erected another. The Luke Chute mill was the best and the most largely patronized of the early mills in the Southeastern part of the county.