Winter 2005 Heart of Hocking Online Newsletter-Information about the Hocking Hills www.heartofhocking.com
What's in this newsletter:
-Coupons! The Season on Specials-Each season, local businesses have the chance of offering specials to visitors in the Hocking Hills Region.
-2006 Hocking Hills State Park Programs.
-Fun things to do in the Hocking Hills in Winter
-Winter Hike 2006
Pssst! Be one of the first to find out those Special Events for 2006 at Hocking Hills State Park
41st Annual Winter Hike
Continuous starts from 9-11 AM
Enjoy winters splendor on this 6-mile trek from Old Manís Cave to Ash Cave. Layered clothing and good footwear recommended. Refreshments are available at Cedar Falls for a donation. A shuttle bus returns hikers to Old Manís Cave.
February 11 5-7 PM
Meet at the Ash Cave parking lot. Take your sweetheart for a romantic stroll to Ash Cave in the soft light of dusk. Afterwards, enjoy a cozy fire and refreshments.
Maple Sugaring in the Hills
March 11&12 12-4 PM
Join us at the Naturalist Cabin located behind the Old Manís Cave Visitor Center. Savor the taste of the season as we boil down our local maple sap. Discover the many methods used throughout history to make this tasty treat. Free samples are available.
Wildflowers and Waterfalls
Hike April 21
Observe natureís carpet of wildflowers and sparkling waterfalls in beautiful Hocking Hills. Meet at the parking lot at Ash Cave.
Frontier Trail Hike May 6
Explore the history of the Hocking Hills region with a walk back through time dramatized by costumed interpreters along Ash Cave trail.
Hocking Valley Birding Trail Presents: International Migratory Bird Weekend May 12-14
Times and locations will varyÖsee the flier,
Join with several area naturalist and birders along the Hocking Valley Birding Trail route for a variety of programs, hikes and events to celebrate the return of our avian friends.
Star Seekers Shower Search August 11
Starts at 8 PM (weather permitting)
Bring a blanket or your favorite lawn chair and come on up to the Hocking Hills Dining Lodge. Spend a night under the stars while we watch the Persied meteor shower and explore the planets, comets, and other mysteries of the night sky.
Grandma Gatewoodís Fall Colors Hike October 14
Bring along a cool drink and celebrate the seasonís colors. Meet with the naturalist at the Old Manís Cave Visitor Center for a strenuous hike that spans roughly 6 miles of the Grandma Gatewood trail. We will be traversing the section that runs from Old Manís Cave to Cedar Falls and back while enjoying the scenic beauty and cultural personality. This hike does include several hills and steps and is not recommended for the easily winded individual. (Approx. 3to4 hrs)
Halloween Campout October 27 & 28
Registered campers can enjoy a hayride, pumpkin decorating, food, night hike, campfire, costume & site judging, and trick or treat at Old Manís Cave campground. Regular camping fees apply.
Christmas in Ash Cave December 9
5 Ė 7 PM
Step away from the hectic holiday season and come bundled for the weather while enjoying a lighted stroll back to Ash Cave. Once you arrive at the cave warm with refreshments by an open fire. Listen to or join with our carolers, have the kids visit with an old fashion Santa or help to decorate our Christmas tree for wildlife.
Other Area Events!
-Cookie Baking at the Inn at Cedar Falls-1-800-65-Falls-Call for reservations.
December 10 - 5 pm to 7 pm
Christmas in Ash Cave-Free-Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park-Meet Santa in the cave and help decorate a tree for wildlife.
Questions? (740) 385-8003
1 Go sledding.
Lake Logan State Park dam (near Hocking Hills State Park)
Sledders can use the dam at Lake Logan and there is plenty of parking at the
dam parking lot right off of State Route 664. How
to get to
To get to
Lake Logan, folks can take State Route 33 East from Columbus to the Logan
Bremen Exit which is State Route 664. Turn right. The Lake Logan Dam parking
lot is about 1/4
Lake Hope State Park dam
Sledders can use the dam which is located right off State Route 278. How to get to Lake Hope: Take 270 to Route 33 South through Lancaster and down to Nelsonville and State Route 278. Take 278 South to Lake Hope State Park. (1.5 hours)
2 HIKE. The park is open all year long so you can hike from dawn to dusk 365 days a year in the Hocking Hills. If you like the waterfalls at Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave and Cedar Falls in summer, you'll love to see them frozen to a blue glaze in winter. There are beautiful panoramic views at Conkle's Hollow and Cantwell Cliffs and Rock House have unique features (Ever heard of Fat Woman's Squeeze?). But watch out for slippery trails and don't get close to cliff edges! We suggest wearing ice cleats. More here. . .
3 Find Your Adventure. Both Hocking Hills State Park and Lake Hope State Park have naturalist events all year long. From programs Ohio Birds of Prey to night hikes, there are plenty of outdoor activities to explore. Backpack at Zaleski forest or mountain bike at Lake Hope State Park. You can even discover a ghost or two around the region-http://www.hauntedHocking.com
Winter Hike is on January 21, 2006. 41 years ago, the first hikers came to Hocking Hills State Park to feast their eyes on Winter's touch on Old Man's Cave lead by Norv Hall, Park Naturalist. Year after year since, hardy hikers have shunned frozen toes and three layers of clothing seeming to add four extra pounds to take the hike from Old Man's Cave to Cedar Falls and then Ash Cave.
Hikers must be at the starting point between 9 am and 11 am which will be near the Visitor Center Parking Lot at Old Man's Cave on State Route 664. Assembled hikers will depart continuously between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Park officials will provide return transportation from Ash Cave to Old Man's Cave following the event. If you're looking for a place to cozy up to the fire after the hike, better start looking soon! Cabins go quickly in the Hocking Hills to the thousands of hikers who plan on hopping in the ol' hot tub after their hike!
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