Parks and Nature

Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve


The three-mile long trail contains two separate loops of moderate difficulty due to the steepness of the terrain. No other visitor facilities are present.

This 415-acre preserve features Appalachian type plant communities, a deep stream valley, and a prominent Black Hand Sandstone overlook. Chestnut oak and mountain laurel grace the ridge tops while tulip tree and sycamore inhabit the valley floor. Jacob’s Ladder is a spectacular example of the Black Hand Sandstone, towering some 300 feet above the stream below. The sheer wall itself is nearly 100 feet high and exhibits the honeycombed weathering so common to this bedrock. Once on top, you are looking south towards the Clearcreek Valley.

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