Blackhand Gorge has a paved main trail, easy to walk, with excellent views of rock bluffs and river overlooks. There are numerous lesser trails, some to an overhead bluff, others lead to the trail that was once part of the Ohio-Erie Canal. We plan to return to visit more of those lesser trails.
We stuck to the main path which delighted with scenery and good examples of both yellow birch and cherry birch. You'll want to pack your favorite tree guide along for this jaunt.
Hopefully we learned that preservation of history and nature should not aways be forfeited to man's progress. Too often a pioneering idea becomes infected with unstoppable greed. Corporations, like canal companies, start counting the profits- before they count the "costs." Today's oil and gas exploration has grown so rapidly, they have surpassed regulatory agencies ability to keep up with them. New techniques are touted "safe" long before we have added up the costs. Oil spills in the ocean, natural gas leaking into fresh water wells, and fracking fluids pumped underground where homeowners protest- but lose to the will of giant corporations.
Makes me want to forget about it all... and take a simple walk and enjoy nature. But if we try to forget our pasts, they are bound to come back to haunt us again. Maybe those Native Americans were trying to say "Stop."