Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Signal Tree

Signal TreeSignal Tree
I went for a hike the other day on the Chuckery Trail down at Cascade Valley Metro Park. After the hike I sat for a while on the bench in front of the "Native American Signal Tree". There are many legends about this 300 year old burr oak. The Metro Park's website claims it was "shaped by indians" - even though this is extremely unlikely. The tree does sit near the northernmost point on the Portage Path which was supposedly where indians would pull their canoes from the Cuyahoga River and carry them 8 miles to the Tuscarawas River(but I've also heard this disputed). Either way it is a cool looking tree. (the plaque is legible if you click the photo and view the larger size)

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