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Trail 5 - Ogle Hollow

Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve

Although it is the park’s shortest trail, .66 mile, there is a 259’ elevation change in that distance making Trail 5 somewhat rugged.  After rains, steep sections of the trail may be slippery and water may be present in the stream in Ogle Hollow.  From the ravine bottom to the top of the ridge is approximately a 240 foot climb.

Trail 5 is within the Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve, one of the most beautiful and least disturbed areas of the park.  The 41 acre preserve was created to protect and recognize the rare yellowwood tree, Cladrastis lutea, discovered growing there in 1933 by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Trail 5 is designed as a self-guiding nature trail, featuring 17 stations.  Two of these stations highlight the yellowwood tree.   A brochure with descriptions corresponding to each stop can be obtained in the registration box at the trailhead and at the Nature Center display on yellowwoods.

It takes a minimum of 20 minutes to hike the trail but be sure to allow more time if making use of the self-guiding brochure.

Begins:  At the end of Ogle Ridge/Rally Campground parking area
Distance:  .66 miles
Difficulty:  Rugged
Time:  20 minutes (one way)
Elevation Gain:  259 ft.
Look for:  shale, ferns, salamanders, pawpaws and beech trees.


Grade - Average 15.8%, 80% of trail is greater than 5%

Trail Width - Minimum 18”, average 52”

Cross Slope - Average 6.3%, 61% of trail is greater than 3%

Surface Type - Soil, firm
Steps and waterbars throughout the trail range in height from 2 to 6 inches

Roots throughout the trail range in height from 1 to 10 inches.
  Stairs at 0.02 and 0.39 miles
Benches at 0.36 and 0.41 miles