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Pine Hills Nature Preserve 50th Anniversary Guided Hike, Montgomery County
Start Date: 6/26/2019Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 6/26/2019End Time: 12:00 PM
Event Description:

NOTE: The hike time has changed. It will begin at 9 AM and end at 11 AM
This hike is now full and registration has been closed.

This special hike celebrates the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the very first nature preserve, Pine Hills!

The rugged hills and deep gorges of this preserve are covered with scattered stands of evergreens mixed with hardwood trees. White pine, hemlock, and Canada yew are relics which have persisted since the period following the last glacier when the climate was much colder. Both white pine and hemlock trees appear to be successfully reproducing.

The bedrock of Shades State Park was formed from sediments deposited when the area was covered by a vast inland sea. The deep ravines were formed much later. After the last glaciers receded northward, streams swollen with glacial meltwater cut into the bedrock. The four narrow ridges called backbones, which were left between stream curves, stand 70 to 100 feet above the valley. They are recognized as one of the most remarkable examples of incised meanders in the eastern United States.

Directions: Hikers will meet within Shades State Park. The parking lot, and State Park Trail 10 (which leads to the nature preserve), are accessed by following signs within Shades State Park. Naturalist programs are scheduled during the summer months.

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Bring binoculars and a hand lens, if you have them.

No restroom facilities.

Register with the red icon at top right.
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Contact Information:
Name: Matt Wyrick
Phone: 317-232-4078
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