7 of the Most Exciting Annual Programs at Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio

If you want to enjoy the great outdoors, there’s no better place to visit than Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio. This 2,356-acre park offers countless events, programs, and activities that make visitors feel one with nature! From fall festivals to holiday celebrations, there’s always something going on. Here are some of the best annual events to add to your calendar.

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Top 7 Events at Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio

1. Winter Hike | January

Held on the third Saturday of January, the Hocking Hills Winter Hike is a great way to kick off the New Year. This six-mile trek takes hikers from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave, offering stunning views of frozen waterfalls, dangling icicles, and white snow along the way. Refreshments like hearty bean soup and hot cocoa are available to warm you up throughout your journey. 

2. Sweethearts Hike | February

Take your sweetheart on a romantic stroll to Ash Cave during the annual Sweethearts Hike. An Ohio State Park naturalist will guide you to the recess cave and will make several short stops along the way. Once at the cave, couples can cuddle up by the campfire and help themselves to free cookies and hot chocolate.

3. Maple Tapping Festival | March

Did you know that Hocking Hills is home to an abundance of red and sugar maple trees? These trees are used to produce some of best maple syrup and candies in the area, inspiring the annual Maple Tapping Festival. Guests can learn all about the maple sugaring process and enjoy a scrumptious pancake breakfast at the event.

4. Wildflowers & Waterfalls Hike | April

The Wildflowers & Waterfalls Hike showcases the spectacular beauty of Hocking Hills in spring. You’ll see over 40 species of flowers as you hike through the Ash Cave gorge, over the rim, and across to the shelter house area. This hike also goes around the waterfall at Ash Cave. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

5. Hocking Hills Indian Run | September

If you’re an avid runner, sign up for the Hocking Hills Indian Run. It’s one of the most challenging runs in Ohio and crosses streams, gorges, and waterfalls both up and downhill. Runners can choose to complete a 5K, 10K, or 60K run depending on skill level. 

6. Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Color Hike | October

When the weather cools and the leaves begin to change, Hocking Hill State Park is a sight to behold. Guests can admire all of the stunning foliage on Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Color Hike. A naturalist will guide you on a rugged six-mile route to Old Man’s Cave and the Cedar Falls waterfall. It’s a great way to celebrate the season’s beautiful colors! 

Local Tip: Save time for an extra hike on the rim trail at Conkle’s Hollow. You’ll be rewarded with even more stunning views!

7. Christmas in Ash Cave | December

Spend Christmas with your loved ones in the magical winter wonderland of Hocking Hills! At Ash Cave, you and your family can listen to carolers, visit with Santa, and help decorate a Christmas tree for local wildlife. Delicious refreshments and a warm, open fire will help you immerse yourself in the beauty of Hocking Hills this holiday season.

Start Planning Your Vacation

Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio is a fantastic place to visit, and staying at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls will make your trip that much better! Our relaxing onsite spa offers a variety of treatments that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and pampered. We also have an award-winning restaurant where you can enjoy delicious meals made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. No matter what you choose to do, we promise you’ll feel right at home after a long day in the Ohio wilderness! Book your stay with us today.

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