Mushrooms on a Log

Mushrooms growing on a decaying log in the Kane Woods Nature Area, Scott Township.

Along the Tom the Tinker Trail

The Tom the Tinker Trail runs beside a gurgling stream through a narrow valley in the Kane Woods Nature Area. The trail is named for a fictional character in the Whiskey Rebellion: farmers who paid the whiskey tax would receive threatening notes signed “Tom the Tinker.”

Yes, there is a manhole cover in the middle of this idyllic scene. A sewer line runs down the hill through the stream valley.

All through the woods we can see evidence that there was once a little community tucked into this narrow valley. Above, a ruined foundation clings to the side of the gorge.

Waterfalls in the Autumn Woods

Along the Tom the Tinker Trail in the Kane Woods Nature Area.

Bracket Fungus

Bracket fungus growing by the Whiskey Boys Trail in the Kane Woods Nature Area, Scott Township.

Abandoned Homesite in the Woods

A long-abandoned homesite in the Kane Woods Nature Area in Scott Township. You can recognize it by the ornamental plantings now run wild—or, if not, the crumbling steps are a dead giveaway.