Welcome to the Knobs physiographic region. If you have been to Jefferson Memorial Forest, you know what we are talking about. The Knobs are geologic remnants, all that remain from sediments deposited at river deltas 360 million years ago when part of this region was covered by an ancient sea. Characterized by shale and siltstones, the soil is nutrient-poor and the slopes are steep, making it an unfriendly place for agriculture and human settlement, but a really cool and challenging place to hike. The dramatic changes in topography make it a rich place for biological diversity, supporting five distinct ecosystems and hundreds of native plants and animals. Don’t forget to take some photos and let us see what you have discovered.
Currently, planners are discussing the course the Loop will take through the Knobs physiographic region.