The sandstone hills of Jefferson County are part of the Appalachian Highlands which envelope the southeastern part of Ohio In the sandstone bedrock can be found layers of coal which were formed by decaying swamp vegetation millions of years ago during the Pennsylvanian geologic period Covering the hills and valleys of the area is a second growth oak and hickory forest Growing side-by-side with towering white oaks and shagbark hickories are stately beeches and maples, tulip trees, walnuts, elms and ashes The forest is composed of much more than trees, although they constitute its most conspicuous feature The observant visitor may find a wealth of wildflowers such as wild geranium, hepatica and bloodroot The leafy canopy rings with a harmonious chorus of bird songs Wild turkey and ruffed grouse are dispersed in these hills and forests as well These are just a few of the natural wonders found at Jefferson Lake

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