Your Ultimate Guide to Spring in the Hocking Hills

In the spring, the Hocking Hill’s flora and fauna come alive after a long winter. The snow disappears from the trails, which makes way for budding wildflowers, and the sun comes out to play, casting warm rays across flourishing greenery. Thanks to the warmer temperatures and breathtaking views, spring in the Hocking Hills is a perfect time of year for outdoor enthusiasts to visit our area. Enjoy hikes to stunning sights like a cascading waterfall! 

When you’re ready to start planning your adventure, request a copy of our free Hocking Hills State Park Guide! This resource contains trail maps, fast facts, and everything you need to plan your next expedition. 

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Spring in the Hocking Hills: Weather, Activities, and Events 

Spring is a very pleasant time in the Hocking Hills!

Average Spring Weather Temperatures in the Hocking Hills

The first sign of spring in the Hocking Hills is warmer temperatures; you can see the area transform right before you. After a chilly winter, spring weather in the Hocking Hills brings temperatures ranging from the 50s to the 70s and plenty of sunshine! As the weather warms up, greenery starts to peek out and transforms the landscape right before you!

Enjoy Mild Temperatures


March is the coldest and rainiest month of spring, with average temperatures in the 40s. Don’t let this deter you from going outside; you can always bundle up! Or, it’s a perfect opportunity to spend quality time indoors with your sweetheart.


April is usually in the 50s.


May is usually the 60s.


June is usually in the 70s.

Plan Ahead for Spring Weather

Spring showers are hit or miss in the Hocking Hills, so it’s a good idea to have both indoor and outdoor activities picked out for your vacation. As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, and this rain plays an integral part in the transformation of our landscape. Flowers begin to bloom as the leaves flourish on the trees. All the extra water makes our beautiful waterfalls stronger than ever. They are a must-see during your getaway! We know all the best things to do in the Hocking Hills in the spring, so planning ahead will be easy.

What to Pack

Your spring getaway in Ohio will be amazing, but the weather can be tricky! We always recommend packing layers (always your friend during this time of year), as well as a few other essentials including: 

  • A heavy jacket for other early winter temperatures in March and April.
  • A pair of waterproof boots for your outdoor explorations.
  • A rain jacket is always a safe option.
  • Windbreaker for those cooler days.
  • Sweaters, a scarf, and a light coat will keep you cozy during your trip.
  • Pants and shorts.

All of these items are perfect for your spring visit to the Hocking Hills!

8 of the Best Things to Do in the Hocking Hills in the Spring

1. Visit the Hocking Hills State Park

Spring is one of our favorite times of the year to visit the Hocking Hills State Park and hit the trails! The water is rushing because of all the melting snow and rain, and the stunning wildflowers make you feel as if you are in an enchanted forest. Most of the trails here are easy enough for a leisurely stroll, and each brings you to a top destination in the park such as Ash Cave, Rose Lake, Cantwell Cliffs, and more. With mild temperatures, you’re sure to get a good workout in without becoming exhausted. This time of year also boasts spectacular views, so be sure to pack a camera to capture the beauty of scenic hiking trails in the Hocking Hills! Plus, it’s just a few minutes away from the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Make sure you get our free Hocking Hills State Park Guide for a list of trails and everything you need to know about visiting!

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2. Head to a Brewery or Winery

Whether you enjoy sipping on a cold beer or a glass of wine, visiting a brewery or winery is the perfect activity for a spring getaway. On a chilly day, you’ll love warming up with a glass of red wine or a stout beer. This is also an excellent rainy day activity! Get rained in as you sip and savor some local Hocking Hills drinks. Don’t forget to purchase your favorite beverage to take back home so you can reminisce about your getaway when you open it.

3. Browse the Hocking Hills Market

Spend the day at the Hocking Hills Market! Browse through the goods displayed by more than 100 vendors and a few permanent shops. Here, you will find artwork, clothing, furniture, antiques, and more! It’s the perfect place to get a unique piece for your home, update your wardrobe, or purchase a souvenir to remember your trip by.

4. Indulge at the Spa

Spring is here, so it’s time to get rid of those winter blues! We have the remedy: combine our fresh, Hocking Hills air with a spa treatment. Relax and rejuvenate with a mud wrap followed by a massage. Let your worries slip away as you relish in the ambiance of our woodland setting. Browse our treatment options, then make an appointment for your spring getaway.

5. Try the New Menu

Every season, the talented chefs at Kindred Spirits come up with a new menu based on the ingredients available. We believe that fresh food is the best food; as the seasons change, so do our offerings. Many of our ingredients are grown locally! Plus, our restaurant is right on site at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, so you will have easy access during your stay. Reserve your table today.

6. Take a Scenic Drive

The Hocking Hills is known for its beautiful views, so why not see them from your car? We have many opportunities for scenic drives in our area, and spring is an excellent time to go on one. Hop in your car and see the trees budding and flowers blooming as you listen to your favorite tunes. You never know where the road might take you or what you might see!

7. Go Biking

Did you know that the Hocking Hills is home to some exceptional bike trails? Whether you are an avid biker or don’t have much experience, there is definitely a trail here for you. There are plenty of downhill treks for adrenaline seekers and easy, scenic trails for beginners.

8. Attend the Wildflowers and Waterfalls Hike 

We look forward to the Waterfalls and Wildflowers Hike each spring! This annual event is another great opportunity to view the beauty of spring in the Hocking Hills. The Waterfalls and Wildflowers event is a guided group hike that passes through Ash Cave gorge and ends at the sparkling waterfall. 

Ash Cave is the largest recess cave in Ohio and is an impressive sight to see year-round. It’s exceptionally stunning in the spring, though. A mixture of melted snow and fresh rainfall form a spectacular waterfall that cascades from the top of the cave. The hike to Ash Cave is a one-mile venture that’s handicap accessible, which makes it the perfect activity for hikers of all abilities. 

This is a great way to celebrate spring in the Hocking Hills with our local community!

Spring Into Your Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

What will you discover during spring in the Hocking Hills? Perhaps you will hike to Ash Cave, or explore other scenic Hocking Hills hiking trails. Stay near all of the natural beauty there is to be seen with a reservation at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Our Hocking Hills lodging includes cabins, Pacific-style yurts, cottages, bed and breakfast guest rooms, and Hocking Hills lodges. Whether you’re on a romantic retreat or family vacation, we have an accommodation type for you! 

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