Land Before Time

Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park

The past weekend I visited this park for the first time. I only hiked the blue trail - the easiest - but spent a couple hours photographing the rock formations that are among the few outcrops in northern Ohio still exposed to view. Most of the outcrops have been covered with soil and rock left by receding glaciers.

The sandstone cliff formations resulted from the forces of erosion--wind, water freezing and thawing--that wore away at the softer rock layers. As these soft layers eroded, large blocks of rock called slump blocks fell away leaving more resistant layers to form ledges above.