Raven Rock Nature Preserve stands nearly five hundred feet above the Ohio River Valley and provides a stunning view of the local area. Raven Rock Arch is a fascinating nature preserve because of its unique formation and history. Geologist Brittany Parrick works for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and speaks on the interesting geology of this natural landmark.
The Native American tribes that lived in the area were known to use Raven Rock as a lookout to spot potential intruders and set up ambushes. Some historians claim that famous historical figures such as Daniel Boone and Tecumseh at one point climbed to the peaks of the arch.
Parrick explains that this important historical landmark provides an interesting look into the erosion cycle of an arch. On one side, a collapsed arch known as an abutment was eroded over thousands of years. Raven Rock is a still-standing arch, that will eventually be eroded to the point of collapse. On the other side, an alcove has formed that will slowly expand until it becomes a new arch.
Parrick also describes the history of the view from Raven Rock, including the formation of the Ohio River during the last Ice Age, and how this formation was caused by glaciers moving into the Ohio area and flooding the previous body of water, the Teays River.
Raven Rock provides not only a beautiful view but also a glimpse into the rich topographical and geological history of the Ohio River Valley.