Flyfisher's Letterboxes
Bull Skin Trace


Bull Skin Trace (2)
Difficulty: 2 (Hiking Trails)
In Caesar's Creek State Park, OH
One box is in Clinton County and one in Warren County
Placed 7 December, 2001 by Flyfisher
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The Caesar Creek area was named for a black slave captured by the Shawnee on a raid along the Ohio River. The Shawnee adopted Caesar and gave him this valley as his hunting ground. Caesar lived here in the 18th century during the time Blue Jacket was Shawnee war chief and Caesar was said to have gone on many raids with him.

Before that, this area was the home of the prehistoric Adena and Hopewell Indians.  An Adena mound lies partially submerged in the lake at the south end of the closed "Mound Road" you walk on for this quest. 

Later, three major historic tribes dwelled here:  the Wyandot, the Miami and the Shawnee. 

The famous Bull Skin Trace follows the ridge that makes up the eastern edge of the lake along mound road.  Here, it followed what was Mound Road until that road was closed during the building of Caesar Creek Lake in the 1970s.  It was an Indian route, then a
pioneer route, and finally became part of the Underground Railroad which led runaway slaves to the many Quaker homesteads in the area. 

Drive to this place along State Route 380 south from Xenia in Greene County.  Turn right at Center road toward the camping at Caesar's Creek State Park.  When you arrive at the stop sign, you are crossing old Mound Road.  Park at the small lot where Mound Road and Center Road cross. 

This letterboxing quest can be done on foot or with a mountain bike. If you walk it will take about an hour.  There are two letterboxes. 

The first is a micro-box, a 35mm film container.  It contains a letterboxing set of instructions which doubles as the log.  Also, of course, there is a stamp in the container.  Please use a small personal stamp for this micro-box.  Suggested maximum is one inch diameter.  The second letterbox is a standard size plastic letterbox.

From the stop sign on Mound Road, take the mountain bike trail that heads out at 120 .  Quite some distance down the trail (0.8 miles or 832 paces if you are a stickler for detail) you will reach a white pole and a bench at the intersection of three trails.  (A pace
= 2 steps or a little more than 5 feet.)  While sitting on the bench, there is a round rock by the side of the right bench leg.  Under that rock is the micro-letterbox.

From here, go on the trail at 270 degrees.  This is not the trail you just came down.  281 paces brings you back to the closed Mound Road.  Turn to 210 and after 250 paces you will reach a trail intersection on the right side of the road.  From this point, straight ahead, just down the hill, is an Adena Indian mound just a few feet off shore in the lake.  Visit it at your leisure. 

Returning back to this point, take the trail at 240 for 243 paces and arrive at a bench overlooking the lake.  Rest for a moment.  You deserve it. 

7 paces away is a Shagbark Hickory tree.  At the base of this tree is a rock.  The second letterbox lies under that rock.  The stamp is appropriate for the spot.  I hope you brought your pole and some bait. 

Return to your car via Mound Road.  As you walk or ride the mile back, think about the many people who traveled this route.  Imagine yourself as a Shawnee war party, an early frontiersman, and finally as an escaping slave.  Then thank God that you are who you are!




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