HIKING SOUTHPOINT LOOKOUT TRAIL Buzzards Roost Nature Preserve, Chillicothe, Ohio

Hiking Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller

Date: October 7, 2023

The rain stopped and we began hiking the 2.1-mile trail through the forest towards Paint Creek Gorge. The trail wound through the woods and twenty minutes later we reached the cliff. The trail led a good half mile along the edge where one slip would send us down the vertical sandstone and shale cliff. We found one rocky overlook where I got a great photo of Paint Creek far below winding through the gorge and the forest on the other ridge.

As the trail turned left and led away from the cliff, we came upon a fifteen-foot waterfall that only had a trickle of water due to the lack of rain all summer. Later I spotted two deer just off to my left keeping a keen eye on us. Rosie posed kissing Tree Man, part of a tree that looked like a face. The trail was very fun and enjoyable.

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