Looking for the Beginning of Clear Fork
I spent most of yesterday scouting Clear Fork for “The Other Mohican,” my weekly Loudonville Times series on the forks and less-travelled sections of Ohio’s most popular river. Setting out mid morning in my “Canoebaru,” I drove to Ontario (Ontario, Ohio, not the real Ontario) and hiked back into the headwaters.
From there, I drove around the countryside, stopping at every bridge over the continually widening and deepening river, taking photos and notes. Not all of it can be explored by canoe. At least, not practically.
I was determined to find the origin of Clear Fork, to meet it “in person.” It starts as an intermittent stream fed sparingly by a pond north of Marshall Park in Ontario. I managed to get near the pond, which is surrounded by heavy underbrush, much of it thorny. Lacking a machete, proper clothing and time, I had to stop short of hacking my way to the pond.
Instead of rambling on here, I’ll let the photos do the talking. This installment in the series is slated to run Aug. 5. Previous articles have been posted in this blog.
In the beginning …
Found in the woods nearby
Also found in the woods
A little diversion at a small pond north of the park
Still an intermittent stream in the park
At Lexington Ontario Road
Very cool old bridge off Cockley Road
View of Clear Fork Valley from Orweiler Road
Pollution is patriotic
Dam at Clear Fork Reservoir
Benedict Road Bridge
I expect to get out on the Clear Fork next week to explore it further by canoe. Meanwhile, it’s time to write the Rocky Fork article for the series. Might put it all in a book later.