“a peaceful refuge”
Once a state forest, 838-acre Findley State Park is heavily wooded with stately pines and various hardwoods. The scenic hiking trails allow nature lovers to view spectacular wildflowers and observe wildlife. The fields, forests and quiet waters offer a peaceful refuge for visitors. The bedrock materials underlying Findley State Park, principally Bedford Shale and Berea Sandstone, were formed over 300 million years ago • In most places in Ohio, the Berea Sandstone is only 10 to 40 feet thick • In South Amherst, north of the park, this sandstone reaches its maximum thickness of more than 200 feet • The sandstone quarries at South Amherst are the largest and deepest in the worldThis part of the state is known as Ohio's dairyland • Crops and cows are a common sight. In the midst of this rich agricultural area is the forest oasis found within Findley State Park • This forest is a regrowth secondary forest on abandoned farmland. It contains red maple, white ash, wild black cherry, oaks, white and red pine and beechThe forest floor supports a variety of woodland wildflowers including spring beauties, Dutchman's breeches, hepatica, bloodroot, marsh marigold, trillium and woodland asters • White-tailed deer, red fox, beaver and raccoon are just a few of the animals that make this park their home • A variety of reptiles and amphibians can be found along the lakeshore • One area of the park is set aside as a sanctuary for the Duke's skipper butterfly, an extremely rare insect
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