HIKING BUTTERNUT TRAIL Malabar Farm State Park Lucas, Ohio

Hiking Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller

Date: September 22, 2023

Next to the Shawshank Redemption Movie Scene Pugh Cabin, we hiked the Butternut Trail. Beech and Maple trees plus eight other species of trees grew along the trail. After a half mile the trail split. The Bridal Trail went left, and I kept right and eventually came to a small, glaciated cave called the Butternut Cave. The cave was nice and cool on this hot afternoon, and I penetrated the dark about 20 feet. A local hiker told me that you could climb up rocks and squeeze through and exit on the other side of the hill. I could see light coming through about thirty feet up in the distance. Since I did not have a flashlight, I was disappointed as I would have tried to climb out that way. Overall, it was a fun one-mile hike and I hope to come back and climb through the cave another time.

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