The arrival of Old Man Winter brings a quiet magic to the Hills. Waterfalls freeze in suspended animation and cave walls are covered in ice beards as sunlight dances like diamonds in the towering hemlocks. Deep craggy gorges carry hikers down hundreds of feet along gorgeous scenic trails. Leafless trees provide a great view of some of the region’s magnificent winged residents.
The New Year brings a Birthday Party 200 years in the making as the Logan Bicentennial festivities kick-off with Logan 200 Ice Extravaganza on January 9 in historic downtown Logan. The day will be filled with ice carving demonstrations on Main Street, choir and band concerts in the Hocking County Courthouse, crowning of the Bicentennial Queen, guided historic tours of downtown Logan and historic photo exhibit in the Courthouse. There are celebrations planned for every month of 2016. Be sure to join the party.
Hiking the trails of Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Conkle’s Hollow, Rock House, Ash Cave and Cantwell Cliffs is guaranteed to improve your health and renew your relationship with Mother Nature. Join about 5000 of your closest friends for the 51st Annual Winter Hike on Saturday, January 16. You’ll hike from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave with a stop at Cedar Falls for a rest and the Logan Kiwanis Club’s world renowned bean soup.
The 3rd Annual Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise is January 23 & 24, January 30 & 31 and February 6 & 7, 2016. From Laurelville to Nelsonville and Logan to Rockbridge you will indulge in twelve classic comfort foods at twelve inviting restaurants. No need for guilt as you graze through the hills, just stop at any of the Hocking Hills State Park sites for a hike to burn up that comfort food fuel. Best of all $5 of every ticket sold will go directly to local food banks. Tickets are available at the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center and online at http://explorehockinghills.com. And, don’t miss the bonus stop at the Hocking Hills Welcome Center for mini cinnamon rolls, coffee and a special free souvenir.
Romance fills the air as Valentine’s Day approaches. Cozy cabins invite sweethearts to warm up in front of a crackling fire. Steaming hot tubs rejuvenate muscles reacquainted with vigorous winter hiking. Traveling spa services will come to your cabin to pamper you with relaxing massage therapy. Take your Valentine to Ash Cave for the Sweetheart’s Hike February 13.
Nature awakens from her winter slumber in the Hills with thundering waterfalls, woodland wildflower carpets and families enjoying a much needed Spring Break. The days are a little longer and the weather is a little warmer. The maple sap flows from the trees and it’s time for Maple Sugaring in the Hills March 12 & 13. After learning how maple is harvested and turned into tasty treats head to the Hocking Hills Dining Lodge for fresh maple syrup and pancakes.
The Hocking Hills is perfect for the family spring break. Spring brings opening day for adventure outfitters. With more than 50 ziplines, the Hocking Hills is the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest. State Forest bridle trails welcome equestrians with early signs of spring. The fish are biting, the migratory birds are returning and the stars in the night sky appear to be within arms’ reach.
Whether you’re looking for a cozy, romantic hideaway or room for the whole family to get together you will find ideal accommodations surrounded by the serenity of the Hocking Hills during the soft season.
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Find your heart in the Hocking Hills.