Clear Fork Gorge

This photo of the Clear Fork Gorge was taken in the 1930s.

LOUDONVILLE -- The Clear Fork Gorge in Mohican State Forest was formed around 12,000 years ago by the forces of the melting Wisconsin Glacier at its southern boundary.

The gorge is 1,000 feet wide at the top and 300 feet deep.

The old growth forest, although only eight acres in extent, includes huge native white pines and eastern hemlocks growing on the steep sides of the gorge wall.

Clear Fork Gorge at Mohican Forest

Clear Fork Gorge at Mohican Forest.

It comprises some of the best remaining woodlands in the state. In addition to rare nesting warblers, one of the most interesting species observed here is the round-leaved orchid.

The Clear Fork Gorge was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1967 by the National Park Service.

More information on the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum can be found at this link.

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