Daily Hikes to Monthly Events
February 3 Critter Chat: Otters - 10:00 am - 11:00 am Learn about our river residents. Meet at the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center.
February 4 Knot Tying That Again: Knot Tying - Hocking Hills 10:00 am - 11:00 am Try your hand at some basic knots. Meet at the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center.
February 10 Pine Tar Kiln - Hocking Hills 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Learn about that substance of many uses: pine tar! Meet at the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center.
Saturday, February 3 Owl Pellet Dissection 3:30pm-4:30pm
Registration required by emailing Kaylin.email@example.com. Take a closer look at
the digestive habits of owls and discover what was recently on the menu! Kids and adults alike will have an opportunity to dig into an owl pellet and uncover the hidden mysteries within. Meet at the Nature Center All materials will be provided and are free of charge.
Saturday, February 3 Owl Prowl 6:00pm-7:00pm
Discover owls’ “superpower” adaptations that help maintain their top predator status. Listen for them as we call out to the night along this .25-mile slow walk along the road. Meet at the Shelter House. Dress for the weather. No flashlight needed. Pets not permitted.
February 16, 17, 18 Great Backyard Bird Count 12:00pm-4:00pm
Calling all our feathered friends! Come out to assist us with a global citizen science project, now going strong in its 25th year! Meet at the Nature Center No prior birding experience is necessary! Some binoculars are provided.
Saturday, February 17 Annual Tree Hugging Competition 10:00am-1:00pm
This competition is about “sharing love for nature with kindred spirits and encouraging you to go out and tap into the benefits that forests have for our mind and body.” It all started in 2020 at Finland’s international competition with four main events: Speed-hugging, Biggest Hug, Most Dedicated, and Freestyle. Join guest judges for a fun and free event. Who will be chosen as Lake Hope’s champions this year?! Meet at the Nature Center. For more information visit Lake Hope State Park’s Facebook Page. Competition is free of charge. No pre-registration necessary. Winners will receive an eco-friendly award! Get creative, dress for competition and for weather.
Bear Cub Book Club Comes to Lake Hope 10:00pm-1:00pm Join Shawnee State Park’s Project BEAR member Ashlynn for some nature activities during the Tree Hugging Competition and a Storybook reading afterward. Meet at the Nature Center.
Thursday, February 22 Off-Trail Hike 10:00am-12:00pm
Enjoy a difficult off-trail 1-mile hike to discover a recess cave not many have seen. Discuss the geological forces at work and search for critters that might be calling this cave home! Meet at Oak Point. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and dress for the weather. Feel free to bring along any additional equipment to assist with uneven, steep terrain and mud/water conditions.
February 10, 2024 Hike The Hills 10:00 am
Take in views of Lake Emily and sandstone outcroppings on a new 5.5-mile off trail hike. This hike will be technical and challenging, experience hiking over difficult terrain with elevation gain is recommended. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Meet at the Park Office, 185 Clear Creek Road in Lancaster. Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Days: Sat Clear Creek Park Office 185 Clear Creek Rd Lancaster, OH, 43130 (614) 508-8111
February 15, 2024 Backcountry Hike 10:00 am
Take in winter views on a guided 4-mile backcountry hike. Terrain at Clear Creek is steep and uneven, wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Meet at the Park Office, 185 Clear Creek Road in Lancaster, Ohio.
Free to the public. All Year Long.
Learn. See. Do. At Hocking Hills State Park.
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.