Leo Petroglyph State Memorial, Jackson

#93 of 139 in Historic Sites in Ohio
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Leo Petroglyph is a sandstone petroglyph containing 37 images of humans and other animals as well as footprints of each. The petroglyph is located near the small village of Leo, Ohio (in Jackson County, Ohio) and is thought to have been created by the Fort Ancient peoples (possibly AD 1000–1650). The area in which the sandstone petroglyph was found is on the edge of an unglaciated Mississippian sandstone cliff 20–65 feet high. To this day, the meanings of the drawings are unknown. On November 10, 1970, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The site is maintained by the Ohio History Connection.
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  • Real unique First American artwork carved into solid rock, without metal tools. Betcha it took a minute...If you ride a bike here, Route 35 isn't user friendly, but the back roads are tough and...  more »
  • I have driven by the sign for Leo Petroglyph many times on my way to Rio Grand University and have been curious what it was like. Finally, i stopped on my way home to Cincinnati and WOW! Its a...  more »
  • Closed Drove out of my way to see the place only to discover it was completely closed. So if you go, assume it could be closed off. The only good thing is the surrounding area is nice, so it was not a completely wasted trip.
  • The petroglyphs are rare in Ohio and very interesting. The shelter covering the stone isn’t well maintained and neither is the area around the stone itself. The path through the forest is pretty and the petroglyph rare for Ohio, but not worth driving hours for. If you happen to be in the area, stop by to check it out.

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