My wife and I couldn’t resist getting out for a hike on a recent perfectly sunny, snow covered winter’s day. We decided to visit Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve in southern Fairfield County. I’ve known about this preserve for many, many years but have never visited it. It turned out to be a great find; a really beautiful and peaceful place. Two connected trails total about 5 miles. Cool rock formations, beautiful pines, mountain laurel and a wonderful vista from atop a rock formation named Jacobs Ladder were highlights for us. In spring and summer, a wide array of flora will add to the beauty. We were especially amazed by the number of animal tracks and game trails in the snow. Christmas Rocks is located just 8 miles north of our Rocky Ridge and Laurel Ridge cabins. It’s also located near Clear Creek Metro Park, making it convenient to visit both places in an afternoon. If you visit, park near the historic covered bridge. Below are a few pics.