ROSSEAU PETROGLYPHS LbNA # 46410
|Placed Date||Apr 4 2009|
ROSSEAU(pronounced raw-saw) PETROGLYPHS
This letterbox is hidden in a public hunting wildlife area. It is open to all hunting, during the proper season. The worst time to be here would be during the Ohio deer season, esp. gun season, and spring turkey season(Although during the spring turkey season, the hunter have to be out by noon).
see http://www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/dow/regulations/seasons.aspx for dates.
Difficulty: Moderate. Small hill to descend and ascend.
Distance: A little over a mile round trip.
Please bring stamp pad, pen/pencil, compass,insect/tick repellent in season, and flashlight.
From Burr Oak State Park(Lodge and Cabins entrance) head east on SR 78(you turn left out of the main Burr Oak entrance). Go about 8 miles to Union Twp. Rd. 107(Wade Tower Rd) and turn right onto this road.
From McConnelsville cross over the “new” bridge on SR 78/SR 37 west. Go out about 7.7 miles on SR 78. You will top a hill and Union Twp Rd 107 will be directly in front of you and 78 makes a sharp right turn. Be VERY CAREFUL in “turning left” onto the gravel road.
You will drive about one mile on this gravel road and you will come to an intersection. Fulton Rd comes in on your left, as does a private road. Stop here at the stop sign on Fulton Rd and look back behind you (across the road from the stop sign) and you will see two small red NO NO signs and a mowed “path”. This is where you will enter to find the letterbox. But to park, you need to go on down the road about 1 tenth of a mile to a curve in the road and a good pull off spot. Once you have parked, head back up to the entry point and walk out this mowed path.
The path goes up and passes some old moldering hay bales and makes a left turn. It then goes down and into a large field. Stay to the left of the field, along the edge of the woods and field,(there is a bit of a mowed path here) and head to the far tree line. After entering the woods the pathway starts to descend. Soon, the trail descends at a steeper grade. In front of you and to the right you will see the standing trunk of a large dead, rotting beech tree.(It’s about 10-12 feet tall) The remains of the top of this tree can be seen more to the right and about twenty feet from the base. As you come up to this rotting trunk look at the base for a largish flat rock right next to the tree. Standing on this flat rock take a compass bearing of 350*. About 7 feet away is a small outcrop of rock. The rock that sticks out the most has a “sharp point”, that points to the rotting top of the beech. On either side of this rock are two rotting branches. Up under the “sharp point” rock, behind and under another flat rock, you will find THE ROSSEAU PETROGLYPHS.
This is not a heavily used area most of the time but please look around and be discreet in finding and re-hiding the box.
After stamping and carefully replacing everything, you can go in search of the real petroglyphs and the “Indian Cave” if you wish.
First the “Indian Cave”. Go back to the path and look across from the old trunk and you will see lots of rocks over there, and on down the path. Walk on over and down, and further to the left (you have to go over a little rise), is a huge cliff face and the “Cave” is located there. You can go inside and back a little ways, there are several cracks and even a smoke hole in the top, and with your flashlight you can see some interesting "modern" graffiti.
To try and find the petroglyphs, go back to the path and look on down and you will see two larger beech trees on either side of the path. Both have been scarred by modern human activities. Go to the tree with TT over NK over TB. Take a compass heading of west and you will see a large flat boulder sticking up out of the ground. Go to this stone. If you look real careful you will see the petroplyghs that are depicted by the stamp. You need to look real close, as they are slowly eroding away.
Also close by, is a flat rock that was used as a grinding/nutting/hominy stone. It is REAL hard to find, but if anyone is interested in trying, contact me and I can send direction using general compass readings, it will be a bonus to hunt and find it.
The area was used by Native Americans. The old fellow who showed me this spot(his ancestors settled and owned a lot of this land at one time) has found many flint arrowheads, just down below this area, when it used to be plowed. He has also found lots of other Indian artifacts throughout the area.
When you are done just retrace your way back and out. Hope you had a great day stamping and exploring.