Hocking Hills State Park special events include Winter Hike, Christmas in Ash Cave, Grandma Gatewood Hike, and Sweetheart's Hike.
Hocking Hills State Park
Annual Winter Hike: January 21, 2023. 9:00AM – 11:00AM
A difficult 6 mile winter hike from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave. Refreshments will be available at Cedar Falls for a donation. A shuttle bush will return hikers to Old Man’s Cave.
-Meet at the visitor center at Old Man’s Cave. Wear layered clothing and proper hiking footwear. Be prepared for winter weather and terrain.
Maple Sugaring in the Hills: March 11 & 12 2023 - 12-4 PM
Meet at Naturalist Cabin, just outside the Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center. Join park naturalists to learn how sap is collected to make maple syrup. Watch the process happen before your very eyes and learn about the history of the area as well. Dress appropriately for the March weather.
Wildflower Week April 23– 29, 2023 - 10 AM
Join park naturalists for a week of wildflower hikes across the park. Hikes can range from a half mile to a mile round trip. Hikes will range from moderate to difficult. Hikes will be hosted across the park. Meet at the trail head for the hike. Locations will be posted closer to the hikes.
Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Colors Hike: October 14, 2023 9:00 AM
A difficult 6 mile hike, taking the Grandma Gatewood section of the Buckeye trail to Cedar Falls and returning on the Gorge Overlook Trail. We will be traveling through scenic terrain including waterfalls, Old Man’s Cave, and hemlock forests. Meet at Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center. The hike will include several hills and sandstone steps. Bring water and proper hiking equipment. The hike will last from 3 to 4 hours.
Christmas in Ash Cave: December 9, 2023 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Enjoy a lighted stroll into Ash Cave and celebrate with winter activities! The path into Ash Cave is a quarter mile one way and paved. Enjoy fun activities, Santa, and warm refreshments. Meet at Ash Cave. Be prepared for winter weather with proper winter attire and shoes.
Free to the public.
Celebrate the Hocking Hills with us!
At Ash Cave
There are seven major hiking areas in Hocking Hills State Park - All are one-way trail systems.
Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, and Whispering Cave Trail. These park areas offer a unique experience for those who walk its paths no matter what season (the park is open year-round from dawn to dusk)—located on the southern edge of Hocking County. But those are just a handful. There are many hiking trails in the Hocking Hills include those at Wayne National Forest, Clear Creek Metro Parks, Lake Hope State Park, Vinton County Park District's Moonville Tunnel, and Hocking College's Robbins Crossing (with park programs) and the Athens Hock-Hocking Adena Rail Trail bikeway.