Near Loudonville in Ashland County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Clear Fork Gorge
A Feature of Ohio's Forests
Clear Fork Gorge was formed when glacial meltwater cut through the sandstone bedrock that forms its steep walls fourteen to twenty-four thousand years ago. The gorge is one thousand feet wide and over three hundred feet deep. Its seclusion has preserved a rare forest community that includes native white pine and towering eastern hemlock. A National Natural Landmark, the gorge displays a wide variety of other tree species more common throughout the state, with sycamore on the bottomlands, beech, ash, and tulip farther up the slope, and oak and maple on the ridges above. The gorge has changed little since pioneer legend Johnny Appleseed tended his apple orchards nearby.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The International Paper Company Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Natural Landmarks, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 36.648′ N, 82° 17.193′ W. Marker is near Loudonville, Ohio, in Ashland County. Touch for map. Marker is adjacent to the gorge overlook parking lot, about one mile NW of Ohio Route 97, in Mohican State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Loudonville OH 44842, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Charles Franklin Kettering (approx. 3.3 miles away); Greene Ville Treaty Line (approx. 3˝ miles away); Johnny “Appleseed” Land Lease and Nursery (approx. 4.7 miles away); Greenville Treaty Line (approx. 5.8 miles away); Greentown Delaware Village (approx. 6.1 miles away); Louis Bromfield / Malabar Farm (approx. 6˝ miles away); Frontier Violence During the War of 1812 (approx. 9.7 miles away); Hayesville Town Hall and Opera House (approx. 11.3 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker’s official number is 6-3 on The Ohio Historical Society list. The number on its face, 7-70, is an error.
Categories. • Environment • Landmarks • Natural Features • Natural Resources • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,435 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 8, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.