Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest Hunting Camp Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This is known as a research forest because that’s what goes on here: research into forests, forest habitats, wildlife impacts, and the like. The chief issue being studied is how to restore oak trees—one of the most valuable species to wildlife and an important part of the state’s multi-billion- dollar wood industry—to Ohio. Research has been going on for more than fifty years, though the state just purchased the land officially a few years ago. State officials threw their support behind the deal because the forest is billed as “one of most biologically diverse ecosystems in the United States.” Vinton Furnace is home to Ohio’s largest known population of bobcats, as well as timber rattlesnakes, cerulean warblers, and several rare plant species. Hunters, anglers, hikers, and others can explore it all. Be sure to check out Arch Rock, Watch Rock, the old Vinton Furnace, and Beard Cemetery while you’re here."