Stop 13: Human Activity


Works of art or vandalism?

Human beings have been wandering through Stebbins Gulch for centuries. Native Americans, explorers, early settlers, hunters, farmers, geologists, students, birders, researchers and thousands of guests on guided tours have enjoyed the beauty and seclusion of the gulch. The seclusion has also attracted more than a few trespassers. This is a rock sculpture carved by a trespasser into a soft, cross-bedded layer of Berea Sandstone. It was carved on the south bank a little ways above the big falls. Judging from the dates on other rock carvings nearby, this one may date back to the late 1970s.

   Initials careved in the rock at Stebbins Gulch      Remains of a stone wall, built above Stebbins Gulch  
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