Holden Natural Areas - Stebbins Gulch - Geauga County, Ohio
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member buffalohiker
N 41° 36.440 W 081° 16.244
17T E 477441 N 4606215
Quick Description: Holden Natural Areas - Stebbins Gulch at Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Rd in Kirtland (Lake County), Ohio
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 5/10/2010 5:16:25 AM
Waymark Code: WM8T6T
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 10

Long Description:
Holden Natural Areas were dedicated in 1967 by then Secretary of the Interior Morris Udall, as National Natural Landmarks. There are three sub areas of the Holden Natural Areas, one being Stebbins Gulch. Stebbins Gulch is a restricted natural area of Holden Arboretum. The Gulch is an excellent example of a northeast Ohio bedrock ravine system. Guided hikes provide a rigorous and rare natural and geologic history experience in a cold water stream ravine. Along the bluffs of Stebbins Gulch is one of the best remaining hemlock-northern hardwood forest remnants in Ohio. The stream has cut a deep and narrow trench in the soft, massive Berea sandstone that is deeper and broader after it has cut completely through the Berea sandstone and its bed lies in the Bedford and Cleveland formations. The Berea sandstone forms heavy cliffs, which border the stream for some distance, and in places, it is undercutting so that the sandstone projects over the water. The basal layers of the Berea form waterfalls and farther up the gorge is a cascade over the Berea sandstones.
Predominate Feature: Geological formations of Chardon, Berea sandstone, Bedford and Cleveland types.

Parking/Access Location: N 41° 36.622 W 081° 16.325

Ownership: Private - Access Permission Required

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