Trail: Adena Trace
Geographic Location: southeast of
Length: 0.75 miles
Difficulty: 1/10 (Easy)
Last Hiked: June 2013
Overview: A short lollipop loop nature trail.
Park Information: http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Recreation/Lakes/Caesar-Creek-Lake/
Google Map: http://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=196078
Directions to the trailhead: From the intersection of US 42 and SR 73 in Waynesville, drive SR 73 east 1.1 miles to
Clarksville Road. Turn right on Clarksville
Clarksville Rd. 2.3 miles to the on the left. Park in the Visitor
Center parking lot. Visitor
The hike: For my general comments on the Caesar Creek area, see the Gorge Trail blog entry. The short mulch trail described here provides access to the natural environment for users of the playground adjacent to the
. This trail used to be known as the Bluebird
Trail, and the name change to Adena Trace somewhat mystifies me. While Adena earthworks can be found at
various locations in Caesar
Creek Lake Visitor
Center Ohio (most
notably Chillicothe), I saw no
evidence of the ancient Adena civilization on this trail.
|Trailhead: Adena Trace|
|Wooden footbridge over small creek|
The trail curves gradually left to make its loop through the young forest. At 0.4 miles, the trail surface changes from mulch to grass as you enter a meadow area that has been farmed more recently. This meadow makes for great wildlife-viewing. On my hike, a young deer, probably less than 1 year old, scampered across the trail just feet in front of me.
|Young deer on trail|