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Embrace the Wonders of Winter: ODNR Invites You to the 58th Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike


LOGAN, Ohio – Prepare to immerse yourself in the enchanting winter landscape of the Hocking Hills region at the upcoming 58th Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike, hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Mark your calendars for Saturday, Jan. 20, and join us as we explore the picturesque trails of Hocking Hills State Park, celebrating the natural beauty that has made it one of Ohio’s beloved outdoor destinations.

“Discovering the Hocking Hills in winter is a truly magical experience,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “This long-standing annual Winter Hike is an invitation to witness the beauty that defines our state’s natural wonders.”

The 6-mile hike kicks off at the entrance to Upper Falls/Old Man’s Cave, guiding participants through the captivating landscapes that include Lower Falls, Cedar Falls, and culminating at Ash Cave.

58th Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike
Saturday, January 20,
 9 a.m.
(Rolling start from 9 – 11 a.m.)
Hocking Hills State Park
Meet at the Visitors Center
19852 State Route 664 South Logan, Ohio 43138

Throughout the hike, ODNR officers, park naturalists, and dedicated staff will be stationed along the route, offering assistance and insights into the region’s unique ecology. Cedar Falls is the midway point of the hike, and the local Kiwanis Club will be serving bean soup and cornbread. Upon reaching the hike’s conclusion at Ash Cave, the local Lions Club will offer hot chocolate and doughnuts. The refreshments are free, but donations are accepted. 

 Participants take in the sights at the Hocking Hills Winter Hike in 2022.

To enhance your experience, we encourage hikers to carpool due to limited parking at the Visitor Center. Overflow parking is available at Hocking Hills Elementary School (19197 State Route 664), with transportation provided from Ash Cave back to the Visitor Center at the hike’s conclusion.

The Hocking Hills Winter Hike is a highlight of ODNR’s Winter Hike Series. Completing the trek earns hikers a coveted, limited-edition Winter Hike Series decal. Explore additional hiking opportunities by visiting the ODNR Winter Hike Series webpage.

Given the variability of winter weather, hikers are advised to check the forecast, dress in layers, and keep heads, necks, and hands covered. Staying hydrated and bringing snacks are essential, and hikers should inform someone of their itinerary before setting out. ODNR provides a comprehensive list of safety tips for winter trail exploration.

Since 1981, ODNR has recognized individuals or organizations with the prestigious Heart of Hocking award at the Winter Hike. This award acknowledges significant contributions to the visitors’ experience at Hocking Hills State Park and the surrounding region. The Division of Forestry will unveil this year’s recipient during the event.

For more information, visit the ODNR website or contact the Hocking Hills State Park Visitors Center.