An OUR WORLD TUESDAY POST
Allen Knob, at Shallenberger State Nature Preserve Latitude: 39.6925641 Longitude: -82.6554434 County: Fairfield Area: Amanda
Elevation: 344 meters - 1129 feet MAP
“More than 300 million years ago this portion of Ohio lay under the waters of a vast inland ocean. Large sand deltas were deposited by streams flowing into the ancient seas. Over millions of years, compaction of these sand deltas fused the sand into rock, creating the Black Hand sandstone formation found in Ohio today.” READ MORE
Ready To Hike….
“At Shallenberger, the long process of weathering produced Allen Knob, a promontory of highly resistant sandstone, and the smaller adjacent Ruble Knob.”
Looking up at Allen Knob from the lower trail. The snow makes it look a little different. These flat-topped knobs southwest of Lancaster,Ohio mark the edge of the Appalachian Plateau and are what biologists call islands in the sky.
Straight ahead and up to Allen Knob or the trail to the right will take you to Ruble knob. The snow made it a little slippery. I found it a little more difficult coming down than going up.
“At the top, the trees appear smaller, scraggly and poor because the soil is thin and dry. The dominant tree atop the knobs is the chestnut oak.” READ MORE
Next a view of Becks Knob (private property) as seen from the top of Allen Knob.
Just on the other side of Crumley Road you have Becks Knob with the city of Lancaster,Ohio in the far distance.
Found this on the net. I wonder if it is true..
“Beck's Knob is haunted by a man known as "Hermit on the Knob." He was an old man who lived on the hill who read his Bible every day and did little else. Perhaps out of boredom, he decided to end it all. He dug his own grave, then shot himself in the heart while standing above the hole with a note pinned to his chest asking that he be buried there. His ghost walks, carrying a lantern, from 22 to Beck Road toward the Hunter's Run Bridge, where it disappears.”
What I do know; there is an unusual depression in the ground on top of Allen Knob.
Have a question… ask… Rick Gardner, Chief Botanist Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas & Preserves 2045 Morse Road, Building C-3 Columbus, Ohio 43229 614-265-6419(O) 614-745-6781(C)… Rick says,
“The depression on top of Allen Knob was a small rock quarry that was in operation in the 1800s.” Thank you Mr. Rick Gardner….
Mountain laurel also thrives atop the knobs, especially on their southern and western slopes. They are at their colorful best from late May to mid-July. (Another hike)
In the distance you have the U.S. 33 Bypass and U.S. Route 22…. Time to head back to Lancaster,Ohio and the Native American Pow Wow being held at the fairgrounds.
Thanks for Hob Knobbing at My Quality Time.