Sweetheart's Hike at Ash Cave
Hocking Hills State Park is home to the annual Sweetheart's Hike in February.
Enjoy a good, old-fashioned naturalist-led hike back to Ash Cave with a Valentine's Day twist.
Starting Point: Entrance to Ash Cave. Naturalists will lead hikers to the cave where a campfire and treats await.
Take your sweetheart for a romantic stroll to Ash Cave in the soft light of dusk. Afterward, enjoy a cozy fire and refreshments. For those who have not the faintest idea of what to give their sweetheart on Valentine's day, you might want to make a stop at Hocking Hills State Park for this special event. There is a leisurely stroll led by Ohio State Park Naturalist Pat Quackenbush along the 1/4 mile trail back to the recess cave. The walk is informal, with several short stops along the way. The hike to the cave takes about a half-hour. Once at the recess cave, romantics can mingle around the campfire for a while, help themselves to free cookies and hot chocolate, or enjoy holding hands. The hike is not limited to spouses and dates! Folks have brought their kids and grandkids too! Dress warmly; it is chilly in Ohio in February.
Kid-Friendly? This is a kid-friendly hike, although it may be chilly during the event.
Pet Friendly? Non-aggressive pets on leash are allowed on this hike.
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.