Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hocking Hills, a picturesque 2,348-acre park in southeastern Hocking County

Hocking Hills, a picturesque 2,348-acre park in southeastern Hocking County, is Ohio's best park for natural wonders, and its most scenic state park.

There are caves, cliffs, waterfalls, gorges, rocks, giant trees, first-rate hiking trails and wild country in the Hocking Hills. It is easily accessible via U.S. 33 about 60 minutes southeast of Columbus.

The state park is surrounded by almost 10,000 acres of Hocking State Forest. Nearby is Conkle's Hollow, arguably Ohio's most scenic natural area and preserve.

Also nearby is one of Ohio's best-kept secrets: Rockbridge State Nature Preserve off U.S. 33, with a rock arch that is 100 feet long, up to 20 feet wide, about 5 feet thick and standing 50 feet above a rocky gorge. It is the largest stone arch in Ohio.

Hocking Hills is one of Ohio's most-popular state parks, attracting more than 2.9 million visitors a year. The area has become a tourist mecca with canoe and all-terrain-vehicle rentals, zip lines, tree climbing, rock climbing, paddling trips and airplane tours. Hocking Hills Canopy Tours offers a zip line from April through November outside Rockbridge. (Details: 740-385-9477 or www.hockinghillscanopytours.com.)

There are hundreds of overnight cabins with hot tubs and fireplaces, kitchens and cable television. You also can find accommodations in inns, lodges, campgrounds, teepees, chalets, castles, motels and bed and breakfasts.

A favorite place to stay is the Hickory Grove Lake View Cabin. It sits amidst the Pine and Hickory trees overlooking your own pond on 8 private acres. Hear the frogs speak to you and watch the deer drink while relaxing in the Hot Tub. Forget about your worries and let the daily grind go. Treat yourself with an in cabin massage or meal.

Hocking Hills State Park includes a 17-acre lake for fishing and boating and, in season, a dining lodge and a swimming pool. There are 172 campsites and 40 cabins. (Details: 740-385-6165 or 800-282-7275)

Hocking Hills was a picnic and resort area after the Civil War. Ohio bought its first land for the state park at Old Man's Cave in 1924.

One of the best ways to see the park is to hike the six-mile trail that extends from Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave via Cedar Falls. That's the one-way distance.

The trail honors Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, an Ohio hiking legend who died in 1973 at 86. She was the first woman to continuously hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone in one season — she did it in 1955 at 68 in tennis shoes — and the third woman to hike the entire trail. She hiked the trail two more times.

The trail is part of the cross-Ohio Buckeye Trail, and is a federally designated recreational trail. It is also part of the federal North Country Trail. In all, the state park features 24 miles of hiking trails.

Details: Hocking Hills Tourism Association, 740-385-9706 or 800-462-5464 or www.1800hocking.com.

Old Man's Cave
Old Man's Cave is the park's most-visited site. It is an easy hike of 10 minutes from the first-rate visitor center. There are seven trails in the area. Some include tunnels and stairways through the rock.

The cave itself is 200 feet long with the look and feel of a rocky amphitheater. It is made of Blackhand sandstone that is 250 million years old. However, the area was badly damaged in 1998 floods.

The cave gets its name from hermit Richard Rowe, who lived in it in the late 1860s with two dogs. It sits in a half-mile-long hemlock-lined gorge with three waterfalls as much as 40 feet tall and picturesque pools. It is a cool place to explore on a hot summer afternoon. Attractions include Devil's Bathtub, Eagle Rock, Whale in the Wall and the Sphinx Head.

Ash Cave
Ash Cave at the southern end of the park is Ohio's largest recessed cave.

Erosion to the 700-foot horseshoe-shaped rock face has created a 100-foot-deep recess and, when conditions are right, a slender 90-foot-high waterfall. It is the most impressive natural feature you will find in Ohio.

It was formed when the softer middle stone eroded away, leaving harder and more-resistant layers above and below. Ash piles discovered in the cave indicate that Indians used the site.

The area is handicapped-accessible via a paved trail.

Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls, halfway between Old Man's Cave and Ash Cave, generally is acknowledged as one of the prettiest and most-photographed waterfalls in Ohio. The water tumbles 50 feet down a sandstone wall on Queer Creek into a pool. In winter, Cedar Falls turns into a giant icicle. In summer, the flow might be a trickle.

The early settlers thought the hemlocks around the falls were cedars. A grist mill once stood atop the falls.

Rock House
Rock House is at the north end of the park. An easy 10-minute walk leads to a rocky room that is 200 feet long, 25 feet high and as much as 30 feet deep inside a brightly colored cliff. There are 120 steps along the quarter-mile hike.

Rock House includes seven windowlike openings with a Gothic feel. The openings in the rock are halfway up the face of the 150-foot-tall cliff.

The house is big enough to once have held 100,000 cubic feet of rock. It was formed by the widening of a vertical crack that separated a large block of sandstone from the main cliff above a small tributary of Laurel Run. The enlargement of secondary joints crossing the main one led to the formation of the tunnel's distinctive windows.

Indians once lived in Rock House. A 16-room resort hotel was built near the Rock House in 1835. You will see graffiti from the 19th century on some rocks.

Cantwell Cliffs
Cantwell Cliffs is an isolated section of Hocking Hills State Park that features 150-foot-high cliffs, massive rock outcroppings, large recess caves, deep woods and narrow passages between downed boulders and the cliff along its trails. The Fat Woman's Squeeze is one such passage.

It is the most rugged section of Hocking Hills and its trails are the steepest. It gets the fewest visitors.

Conkle's Hollow
Conkle's Hollow is not officially a state park, but it should be. The 87-acre preserve off Big Pine Road off state Route 374 is a favorite wild spot in Ohio. It is a stunning sandstone gorge with sheer cliffs that rise 200 feet. It is as narrow as 70 feet in places and, reportedly, is the deepest canyon in Ohio.

Depending on the season, you can see waterfalls tumbling off the cliffs, spectacular spring wildflowers, icicles and long-distance vistas across southeastern Ohio.

Conkle's Hollow gets about 200,000 visitors per year. It was purchased by the state in 1925 and dedicated as a nature preserve in 1977. It was part of the state park. There are two trails: a 2.5-mile trail that circles the gorge on top of the cliffs and a tamer one-mile trail on the canyon floor.

The upper Rim Trail is not without risks. It begins with a steep climb and ends with a downhill hike, but it generally is flat. There are no guardrails, so it's not a place for small children or anyone uncomfortable about high places.

The best views are from the east side of the Rim Trail. There is an imposing 96-foot-high waterfall at the northern end on the canyon that is visible only from the Rim Trail.

The trail on the west side is farther away from the main canyon but offers views into side canyons. It is cooler, wetter and more shaded. The lower Gorge Trail is a half-mile to a dead end with two waterfalls, sheer cliffs and dramatic overhangs.

Not far from Conkle's Hollow, you will find a rock climbing and rappelling area in Hocking State Forest. The 99-acre tract — one of two state-owned climbing areas in Ohio — is one mile east of Conkle's Hollow off Big Pine Road.

It features about one mile of sandstone cliffs as much as 120 feet tall along with fallen house-size boulders, cracks, chimneys and overhangs.

Details: State park information, 740-385-6841; Hocking State Forest, 877-247-8733 or www.ohiodnr.com.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

About the Hocking Hills Area and Web Links

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ABOUT HOCKING HILLS AREA

FLAT. During the last ice age, about three-quarters of Ohio was steamrollered to pancake perfection by glaciers. Ohio takes in nearly 45,000 square miles, yet its highest point is only about 1,000 feet above its lowest. So, yes, flat.

But tucked into Ohio’s southeast corner, near where it touches West Virginia and Kentucky, lies a protected pocket the glaciers never bullied, a densely wooded but thinly populated region of rugged slopes and cool hollows, of spring-fed creeks and cascading waterfalls, known as the Hocking Hills. For years, city dwellers from Columbus, only an hour away, have sought refuge there in retreats hidden among oak, cherry, walnut and hickory forests.

Conkles Hollow The 'Hocking Hills' is a deeply-dissected area of the Allegheny Plateau in Ohio, primarily in Hocking County, Ohio|Hocking County, that features cliffs, gorges, rock shelters, and waterfalls. The relatively extreme topography in this area is due to the Blackhand Sandstone (so named because of Native American graphics on the formation near Newark, Ohio), a particular formation that is thick, hard and weather-resistant, and so forms high cliffs and narrow, deep gorges.
Most of the more scenic areas of the region are under state ownership, including: * Hocking Hills State Park

Another source:



The geological series that forms the Hocking Hills extends south and west, gradually diminishing but still forming impressive bluffs and gorges in:
The Buckeye Trail , along with the North Country Trail and the American Discovery Trail , passes through the Hocking Hills region.

Also Nearby:

HOCKING HILLS EASTER WEEKEND

THURSDAY, April 5th - Full Moon Tour of Ash Cave - 8pm; Ash Cave holds many mysteries for the twilight hiker. Join the Naturalist in the parking lot area to explore Ash Cave by the light of the full moon and learn its uniqueness first hand. Mother Nature supplies the light; you supply the imagination. (Please, no pets at the full moon tour.) Hocking Hills State Park, Ash Cave, State Route 56 (near St. Rt. 374); call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE

FRIDAY, April 6th - Get Hooked on Rotary - FREE Family Fishing Day - 10am to 2pm; Come drop your line in at Rose Lake on the day of the annual stocking the trout! A great family bonding experience. Free T-shirt for 1st 25 kids and lots of prizes for all. Take At Rt 664 south to Hocking Hills State Park Campground office. Get a visitor pass at the drive-thru window, park at the campground swimming pool and walk to Rose Lake Dam. FREE

FRIDAY, April 6th - Scalawags & Renegades - 2pm; The Ohio Frontier was full of heroes and shady characters. Meet at the Shelter House at the Rock House to hike and explore our local history. Hocking Hills State Park, Rock House, State Route 374 (near St Rt 180); call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE

FRIDAY, April 6th - Karaoke Night at the Brass Ring - 9pm to 1am; Once defined as a form of torture or "Japanese Horror", karaoke is guaranteed to get you out of your shell and make you laugh till your sides ache. Come with your friends or come alone and make new friends. Karaoke Night at the Brass Ring will entertain you as you entertain others. Of course, you don't have to sing but just try to resist joining in the fun. The Brass Ring Restaurant, 14405 Country Club Lane, Logan; 740-380-9412

SATURDAY, April 7th - Bunny Hop Shop Hop; Are you looking for a unique way to celebrate Easter this year? Check out this event being organized by our friends at Scenic Way Gifts and The Wind Chime Shop. When Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail, several local businesses are hoping that visitors will hop into their stores for the first ever Bunny Hop Shop Hop. The event will be held on April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ticket holders will receive an Easter basket which they can take to more than a dozen participating businesses. At each stop they will receive a candy treat and some surprises along the way. Participating businesses who have signed up so far include Scenic Way Gifts and Art Glass Studio, Christmas Treasures, Wind Chime Shop, Gills Family Pharmacy, Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, Pumpkin Ridge Quilts and Repair, Vinton County Floral, Weavers Tree and Antiques, Zaleski Candleworks, Equestrian Ridge Riding Stable, Flutes and Peppercorns Mobile Kitchen (The Gourmet Peddler) and Hocking Hills Scenic Air Tours. Tickets cost $20 each and include the basket, candy, discounts and a voucher for lunch from Chef Mary's Gourmet Peddler. The box lunch will include potato soup, chicken salad, fruit salad, drink and dessert and will be available from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased with Visa or Mastercard at Scenic Way Gifts and Art Glass Studio, the Wind Chime Shop. Cash or check patrons can purchase tickets at the Vinton County Visitors' Center. Call 740-596-1913 or 740-385-9537 for information or to purchase tickets over the phone.

SATURDAY, April 7th - Wonders of Old Man's Cave - 10am; Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalists' Cabin, behind Old Man's Cave Visitor Center, for a short hike to discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found throughout the park. Hocking Hills State Park, Old Man's Cave, State Route 664 S; call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE

SATURDAY, April 7th - Easter Bunny Train - 10am & 1pm; After a pleasant ride on the train, all riders get to take part in an action-packed Easter egg hunt. Divided by age groups, the Easter egg hunt features lots of prizes and candy. This train is scheduled to depart at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2012. The ride and egg hunt last approximately 2 hours. Each adult ticket includes one child ticket. Each additional child (age 3-12) must have an extra child ticket purchased. Children under three ride free regardless, but must sit on a lap. Advanced reservations are not required, but these are incredibly popular and sell out fast. So don't miss it by a hare, book your seats online today! $17 Adults / $10 Children; Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Nelsonville; purchase tickets online at http://www.hvsry.org

SATURDAY, April 7th - Wild Weekend Discovery Series - 10am, noon & 2pm; The public is invited to bring your children and enjoy a fun-filled, one hour educational program designed for kids preschool to 5th grade. They will enjoy a different lesson every month, with an activity and a craft to complement the lesson. Get your Smokey Bear card punched each time you participate, and on your 6th visit receive a patch! April's program will be weather & clouds; Wayne National Forest Headquarters, US 33, Nelsonville; call 740-753-0101 for more info; FREE

SATURDAY, April 7th - Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Hope State Park - 1pm; Kids can search for prize-filled eggs and families can participate in "egg"-citing games at our 9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Nature Center. Lake Hope State Park Nature Center, State Route 278, McArthur; call 740-596-3030 for more info; FREE

SATURDAY, April 7th - Easter Egg Hunt - 1pm; The Logan Kiwanis Club will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt at the Hocking County Fairgrounds (rain date is Sunday, April 8th) Hocking County Fairgrounds, 100 N Homer Ave, Logan; call 740-503-5199 for more info.

SATURDAY, April 7th - Naturalist Cabin Open - 2pm; Join the Naturalist of Hocking Hills State Park at the Naturalist Cabin located behind the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center to explore and ask questions. Naturalist Cabin located behind the Old Mans Cave Visitors Center, St. Rt. 664 S, Logan; 740-385-6841; FREE

EASTER BUFFETS & BRUNCH - SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH
Easter Brunch at The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls - Seating times begin at 11:30am; Chef Anthony's delectable menu begins with a Pastry Basket, our Innmade Granola and Raspberry Yogurt. Pick one entree from Oreganatta Crusted Tilapia w/Roasted Red Pepper Sauce or the Inn's Egg Benedict, English Muffin, Poached Local Eggs, Hand-Picked Crab Meat & Chive-Paprika Hollandaise Sauce or Garlic & Rosemary Marinated Flat Iron Steaks w/Herbed Butter. Save room for desserts! They are Mixed Berry & Custard Parfaits or Lavendar Pound Cake w/Dark Chocolate Ganache. $21 for adults / $12 for children under 10; Reservations required; The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, 21190 State Route 374, Logan; 800-653-2557

Easter Buffet at The Brass Ring Restaurant & Lounge - 11am to 3pm; Salad Bar and Specialty Salads, Baked Steak, Baked White Fish, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Grilled Chicken Penne Pasta Alfredo, Mashed Red Skin Potatoes & Gravy, Wild Rice Pilaf, Vegetable Medley and Chef Moe's INFAMOUS Dessert Table! $16.95 for adults, $7 for children under 12 and children under 4 eat free. Call for reservations; The Brass Ring Restaurant, 14405 Country Club Lane, Logan; 740-380-9412 / 740-385-8966

Easter Dinner at L J's Coffee Shop and Restaurant - 11am to 8pm; Stuffed Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Roll and choice of cake or pie. $11.99; L J's Coffee Shop 2217 E Front St, Logan; 740-380-3077

Easter Buffet at Lee's Banquet Haus - 11am to 3pm; All you can eat buffet includes Broasted Chicken, Roast Beef, Roast Turkey, Carved Pit Ham, Whipped Potatoes, Escalloped Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Noodles, Vegetables, Salads, Rolls and a full Assortment of Desserts. $13.95 for adults, $5.95 for children 3-10, children under 3 eat free. Reservations are recommended; Lee's Banquet Haus, 580 Radio Lane, Logan; 740-385-7639

Easter Buffet at The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills - 11am to 3pm; Glazed Ham, Roasted Turkey, Vegetable Pasta with Alfredo Sauce, Roasted Red Skin Potatoes, Deluxe Garden Salad, Yeast Rolls and Butter, Assorted Desserts, Soft Drinks, Coffee and Herbal Tea; $16.95 per person. Reservations required. The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills, 29042 Hide Away Hills Rd, Sugar Grove; 740-569-7944

Easter Buffet at The Olde Dutch Restaurant - 10:30am to 7pm; Carved Ham, Broasted Chicken, Roast Beef, Roast Turkey, BBQ Port Ribs, Cabbage Rolls, Macaroni & Cheese, Real Mashed Potatoes, Scalloped Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, Chicken & Noodles, Stuffing, Assorted Vegetables, Homemade Dinner Rolls, Vegetable Soup, Potato Soup, Super Salad Bar, Assorted Pies, Bread Pudding, Peach Cobbler, Strawberry Mousse, Ambrosia, Cupcakes, Drinks included; $14.99 for adults, $4.99 for children 7-10, $3.49 for children 3-6. The Olde Dutch Restaurant, 12791 State Route 664, Logan; 740-385-1000

Easter Dinner at the Grouse Nest - 11:30am to 8pm; The chefs at Grouse Nest are gearing up for a delightful Easter dinner special, which will be offered along with our regular menu. This year we are featuring grilled Spring lamb with a red chili rub and cilantro pesto, served with yellow saffron rice. We will be serving our dinner menu all day. $27 per person for special; $20-$50 for other menu selections. Reservations recommended, but not required. The Grouse Nest Restaurant, 25780 Liberty Hill Rd. South Bloomingville; 740-332-4501

SUNDAYS - Breakfast Buffet with Omelet Station and Pancake Station - 10am to 1pm at the Millstone BBQ. The Millstone BBQ is located near the Holiday Inn Express on Grey Street in Logan; 740-385-5341

COMING IN MAY
SATURDAY, May 19th - Writing Workshop -Have you ever wanted to write a novel but don't know where to begin? Sherry Hartzler, author of Three Moons over Sedona and Island Passage, will guide you through those first pages of your novel. Learn how to grab the reader's attention in that first paragraph. Create "hooks" that make your novel a real "page turner." Sherry will conduct a workshop, Great Beginnings, on Saturday, May 19th at 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. The cost of this workshop will be $10.00, and the workshop will be limited to 25 people. Contact Audrey Martin, 740-596-1913 to reserve your space. 63775 SR 56, Creola, Ohio 45622, just 3 miles east of Ash Cave at Scenic Way Gifts and Art Glass Studio.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

About the Hocking Hills Area

ABOUT HOCKING HILLS AREA

FLAT. During the last ice age, about three-quarters of Ohio was steamrollered to pancake perfection by glaciers. Ohio takes in nearly 45,000 square miles, yet its highest point is only about 1,000 feet above its lowest. So, yes, flat.

But tucked into Ohio’s southeast corner, near where it touches West Virginia and Kentucky, lies a protected pocket the glaciers never bullied, a densely wooded but thinly populated region of rugged slopes and cool hollows, of spring-fed creeks and cascading waterfalls, known as the Hocking Hills. For years, city dwellers from Columbus, only an hour away, have sought refuge there in retreats hidden among oak, cherry, walnut and hickory forests.

Hocking Hills Area Maps PDF Download


Conkles Hollow The 'Hocking Hills' is a deeply-dissected area of the Allegheny Plateau in Ohio, primarily in Hocking County, Ohio|Hocking County, that features cliffs, gorges, rock shelters, and waterfalls. The relatively extreme topography in this area is due to the Blackhand Sandstone (so named because of Native American graphics on the formation near Newark, Ohio), a particular formation that is thick, hard and weather-resistant, and so forms high cliffs and narrow, deep gorges.
Most of the more scenic areas of the region are under state ownership, including: * Hocking Hills State Park

Another source:



The geological series that forms the Hocking Hills extends south and west, gradually diminishing but still forming impressive bluffs and gorges in:
The Buckeye Trail , along with the North Country Trail and the American Discovery Trail , passes through the Hocking Hills region.

Also Nearby:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

HOCKING HILLS EASTER BUFFETS & BRUNCH

SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH

EASTER BUFFETS & BRUNCH - Seating times begin at 11:30am; Chef Anthony's delectable menu begins with a Pastry Basket, our Innmade Granola and Raspberry Yogurt. Pick one entree from Oreganatta Crusted Tilapia w/Roasted Red Pepper Sauce or the Inn's Egg Benedict, English Muffin, Poached Local Eggs, Hand-Picked Crab Meat & Chive-Paprika Hollandaise Sauce or Garlic & Rosemary Marinated Flat Iron Steaks w/Herbed Butter. Save room for desserts! They are Mixed Berry & Custard Parfaits or Lavendar Pound Cake w/Dark Chocolate Ganache. $21 for adults / $12 for children under 10; Reservations required; The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, 21190 State Route 374, Logan; 800-653-2557

Easter Buffet at The Brass Ring Restaurant & Lounge - 11am to 3pm; Salad Bar and Specialty Salads, Baked Steak, Baked White Fish, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Grilled Chicken Penne Pasta Alfredo, Mashed Red Skin Potatoes & Gravy, Wild Rice Pilaf, Vegetable Medley and Chef Moe's INFAMOUS Dessert Table! $16.95 for adults, $7 for children under 12 and children under 4 eat free. Call for reservations; The Brass Ring Restaurant, 14405 Country Club Lane, Logan; 740-380-9412 / 740-385-8966

Easter Buffet at Lee's Banquet Haus - 11am to 3pm; All you can eat buffet includes Broasted Chicken, Roast Beef, Roast Turkey, Carved Pit Ham, Whipped Potatoes, Escalloped Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Noodles, Vegetables, Salads, Rolls and a full Assortment of Desserts. $13.95 for adults, $5.95 for children 3-10, children under 3 eat free. Reservations are recommended; Lee's Banquet Haus, 580 Radio Lane, Logan; 740-385-7639

Easter Buffet at The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills - 11am to 3pm; Glazed Ham, Roasted Turkey, Vegetable Pasta with Alfredo Sauce, Roasted Red Skin Potatoes, Deluxe Garden Salad, Yeast Rolls and Butter, Assorted Desserts, Soft Drinks, Coffee and Herbal Tea; $16.95 per person. Reservations required. The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills, 29042 Hide Away Hills Rd, Sugar Grove; 740-569-7944

Easter Buffet at The Olde Dutch Restaurant - 10:30am to 7pm; Carved Ham, Broasted Chicken, Roast Beef, Roast Turkey, BBQ Port Ribs, Cabbage Rolls, Macaroni & Cheese, Real Mashed Potatoes, Scalloped Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, Chicken & Noodles, Stuffing, Assorted Vegetables, Homemade Dinner Rolls, Vegetable Soup, Potato Soup, Super Salad Bar, Assorted Pies, Bread Pudding, Peach Cobbler, Strawberry Mousse, Ambrosia, Cupcakes, Drinks included; $14.99 for adults, $4.99 for children 7-10, $3.49 for children 3-6. The Olde Dutch Restaurant, 12791 State Route 664, Logan; 740-385-1000

SUNDAYS - Breakfast Buffet with Omelet Station and Pancake Station - 10am to 1pm at the Millstone BBQ. The Millstone BBQ is located near the Holiday Inn Express on Grey Street in Logan; 740-385-5341

Friday, March 30, 2012

HOCKING HILLS WEEKEND UPDATE 3/29/2012

FRIDAY - Ridgetops & Hollers - 2pm; Ever wonder about the difference between a ridgetop and a 'holler'? Join the naturalist at the Ash Cave parking area to find out. Hocking Hills State Park, Ash Cave, State Route 56 (near St. Rt. 374); call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE

FRIDAY, March 30th - Final Fridays on the Square - March to the Music in Nelsonville - 5pm to 9pm; Each gallery, shop & eatery will offer musical delights: jazz, blues, even karaoke! Artists will show new work that will surprise and delight audiences. Warm studios will greet you with fabulous fare! Nelsonville's Historic Square Arts District; call 740-753-1011 for more info; FREE

FRIDAY - Whiskey & Karaoke - 5pm to 9pm; Teri Sager and Doug Green will show their newest quirky art. Teri offers encaustic paintings and mixed media collages. Doug offers his whimsical tiny sculptures of whiskey-drinking animals and barroom antics. And everyone gets to sing karaoke! Step up to the mic and join the fun on Final Friday in Nelsonville. The art show will continue through April 24. Starbrick Gallery, 21 W Columbus St, Nelsonville; call 740-753-1011; FREE

FRIDAY - Greg Brown - 8pm to 10pm; Greg Brown's songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin & Mary Chapin Carpenter. He has also recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, and continues to tour and record today. $25 - $35; Stuart's Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville; call 740-753-1924 for tickets and info or visit http://www.stuartsoperahouse.org/

SATURDAY - Tree Planting - 9am and noon; The Wayne National Forest is seeking area volunteers to help plant 2,200 bare root seedlings at the Upstream Rock Run restored coal-mine site in Perry County near New Straitsville off State Route (SR) 93. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Wayne National Forest Headquarters parking lot off U.S. Highway 33 between The Plains and Nelsonville at 9am and noon on Saturday, March 31st to ride or carpool to the planting site. Volunteers can work a half or whole day (3 or 6.5 hours). Please wear sturdy footwear (boots), bring gardening or work gloves and dress appropriately for the weather. Pack your own lunch and water. Planting will finish at 3pm and arrive back by 3:45pm, or a ride back will be available at lunch time. Volunteers can also meet us at the planting site anytime after 9:30am. Take SR 93 North out of New Straitsville approximately 1 mile to the parking area on the east (right) side of the road (just after County Road 41-Rock Run Road to the west). Or take SR 93 South out of Shawnee approximately 1.5 miles just before CR-41. Register today by calling Katrina Schultes at 740-753-0101.

SATURDAY - Wonders of Old Man's Cave - 10am; Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalists' Cabin, behind Old Man's Cave Visitor Center, for a short hike to discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found throughout the park. Hocking Hills State Park, Old Man's Cave, State Route 664 S; call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE

SATURDAY - Paper Making and Collage - 10am to 1pm; Susan Urano will show you the basics of hand papermaking, and how to build images incorporating wet pulp, objects and other papers into your design (you can embellish!) If you want to place an image, just zerox it (do not use ink jet for any image you wish to use as the inks will bleed) and bring it in. If you want to put personalized text, or threads form a favorite cloth, or even music from songs. Sky is the limit. You will create works of art that you can frame, or wonderful papers you can use as book covers, or on your calendar. This project is only as limited as your imagination. Price includes materials. $40; Paper Circle, Southeast Ohio's Center for Paper and Book Arts, 35 W Columbus St, Nelsonville; for information call 740-753-3374 or visit http://www.papercircle.org

SATURDAY - Hocking's Birds of Prey - 2pm; Join the Hocking Hills State Park naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin near Old Man's Cave Visitor Center for a closer look at Ohio's winged predators: hawks, owls, eagles and vultures. Hocking Hills State Park, Old Man's Cave, State Route 664 S; call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE

SATURDAY - BEER TASTING - 3pm; We will sample 5 beers, The Lodge's Pale Ale and Rushcreek Lager, as well as Locally brewed Weasel Boy beers. Weasel Boy has been brewing in Zanseville since 2006. Join Both the Lodge Brewmaster Scott Francis and Weasel Boy Brewmaster and owner Jay Wince. Tickets are $23.00 will include 5 Beers and 5 Chef Paired Appetizers. The Lodge at Hide Away Hills, 29042 Hide Away Hills Rd, Sugar Grove; call 740-569-7944 for more info.

SATURDAY (through April 28th) - Logan-Hocking High School Art Exhibit Opening Reception - 6:30pm; Annual art exhibit by the Logan Hocking High School Art Students. Exhibit features a well-rounded collection of medium used by students. The exhibit is both powerful and thought provoking. Regular exhibit hours are 3pm to 6pm, Tuesdays through Fridays and 1pm to 3pm on Saturdays; The Bowen House, 196 N Market St, Logan; call 740-385-0344 or visit www.bowenhouse.org for more info

SUNDAY - "An Appalachian Christmas Carol" Reading - 2pm; Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble invites you to come hear the current full draft and be part of the development of a new play that celebrates Southeast Ohio's heritage. Your input is important as the group prepares for the December 2012 premiere. Join them for Christmas in April! Appropriate for all ages. Live Music. Admission is free, donations are encouraged. Stuart's Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville. For more info visit www.brickmonkey.org

SUNDAY - "Who Is This King?" An Easter Cantata by Lloyd Larson and Joseph M. Martin - 7:30pm; Joint concert presented by the choirs of the Nelsonville and Logan Presbyterian Churches under the direction of Jeffrey Daubenmire, First Presbyterian Church Organist and Music Director. Everyone welcome! Reception to follow. First Presbyterian Church of Nelsonville, 69 E Washington St, Nelsonville; 740-753-2435; FREE

MONDAY, April 2nd - Acrylic Painting Workshop - Join Artist Suzanne Hiser in painting flowers this 2 hour workshop on Mondays from 10am-12pm. She will work with you on drawing, shaping and shading techniques that will bring out the beauty of our spring flowers. Fee: $25; All supplies are provided and suitable for all ages. Contact Audrey Martin, 740-596-1913 to schedule your painting workshop. 63775 SR 56, Creola, Ohio 45622, just 3 miles east of Ash Cave at Scenic Way Gifts and Art Glass Studio.

MONDAY, April 2nd - Staged Dramatic Readings - 6:30pm; Adaptations of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective Sherlock Holmes in "The Painful Predicament", "How Watson Learned the Trick" and "The Crown Diamonds". Free tickets are available at the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library. Seating is limited, please arrive early with your ticket. This event is offered as part of the Spring Literary Arts Festival, sponsored by the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library and Friends of the Library, 120 N Market St, McArthur; 740-596-5691

TUESDAY, April 3rd - "Who Is This King?" An Easter Cantata by Lloyd Larson and Joseph M. Martin - 7:30pm; Joint concert presented by the choirs of the Nelsonville and Logan Presbyterian Churches under the direction of Jeffrey Daubenmire, First Presbyterian Church Organist and Music Director. Everyone welcome! Reception to follow. First Presbyterian Church, 2 W Hunter St, Logan; FREE

THURSDAY, April 5th - Full Moon Tour of Ash Cave - 8pm; Ash Cave holds many mysteries for the twilight hiker. Join the Naturalist in the parking lot area to explore Ash Cave by the light of the full moon and learn its uniqueness first hand. Mother Nature supplies the light; you supply the imagination. (Please, no pets at the full moon tour.) Hocking Hills State Park, Ash Cave, State Route 56 (near St. Rt. 374); call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE

FRIDAY, April 6th - Get Hooked on Rotary - FREE Family Fishing Day - 10am to 2pm; Come drop your line in at Rose Lake on the day of the annual stocking the trout! A great family bonding experience. Free T-shirt for 1st 25 kids and lots of prizes for all. Take At Rt 664 south to Hocking Hills State Park Campground office. Get a visitor pass at the drive-thru window, park at the campground swimming pool and walk to Rose Lake Dam. FREE

FRIDAY, April 6th - Scalawags & Renegades - 2pm; The Ohio Frontier was full of heroes and shady characters. Meet at the Shelter House at the Rock House to hike and explore our local history. Hocking Hills State Park, Rock House, State Route 374 (near St Rt 180); call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE

SATURDAY, April 7th - Bunny Hop Shop Hop; Are you looking for a unique way to celebrate Easter this year? Check out this event being organized by our friends at Scenic Way Gifts and The Wind Chime Shop. When Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail, several local businesses are hoping that visitors will hop into their stores for the first ever Bunny Hop Shop Hop. The event will be held on April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ticket holders will receive an Easter basket which they can take to more than a dozen participating businesses. At each stop they will receive a candy treat and some surprises along the way. Participating businesses who have signed up so far include Scenic Way Gifts and Art Glass Studio, Christmas Treasures, Wind Chime Shop, Gills Family Pharmacy, Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, Pumpkin Ridge Quilts and Repair, Vinton County Floral, Weavers Tree and Antiques, Zaleski Candleworks, Equestrian Ridge Riding Stable, Flutes and Peppercorns Mobile Kitchen (The Gourmet Peddler) and Hocking Hills Scenic Air Tours. Tickets cost $20 each and include the basket, candy, discounts and a voucher for lunch from Chef Mary's Gourmet Peddler. The box lunch will include potato soup, chicken salad, fruit salad, drink and dessert and will be available from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased with Visa or Mastercard at Scenic Way Gifts and Art Glass Studio, the Wind Chime Shop. Cash or check patrons can purchase tickets at the Vinton County Visitors' Center. Call 740-596-1913 or 740-385-9537 for information or to purchase tickets over the phone.

SATURDAY, April 7th - Wonders of Old Man's Cave - 10am; Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalists' Cabin, behind Old Man's Cave Visitor Center, for a short hike to discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found throughout the park. Hocking Hills State Park, Old Man's Cave, State Route 664 S; call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE

SATURDAY, April 7th - Easter Bunny Train - 10am & 1pm; After a pleasant ride on the train, all riders get to take part in an action-packed Easter egg hunt. Divided by age groups, the Easter egg hunt features lots of prizes and candy. This train is scheduled to depart at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2012. The ride and egg hunt last approximately 2 hours. Each adult ticket includes one child ticket. Each additional child (age 3-12) must have an extra child ticket purchased. Children under three ride free regardless, but must sit on a lap. Advanced reservations are not required, but these are incredibly popular and sell out fast. So don't miss it by a hare, book your seats online today! $17 Adults / $10 Children; Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Nelsonville; purchase tickets online at http://www.hvsry.org

SATURDAY, April 7th - Wild Weekend Discovery Series - 10am, noon & 2pm; The public is invited to bring your children and enjoy a fun-filled, one hour educational program designed for kids preschool to 5th grade. They will enjoy a different lesson every month, with an activity and a craft to complement the lesson. Get your Smokey Bear card punched each time you participate, and on your 6th visit receive a patch! April's program will be weather & clouds; Wayne National Forest Headquarters, US 33, Nelsonville; call 740-753-0101 for more info; FREE

SATURDAY, April 7th - Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Hope State Park - 1pm; Kids can search for prize-filled eggs and families can participate in "egg"-citing games at our 9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Nature Center. Lake Hope State Park Nature Center, State Route 278, McArthur; call 740-596-3030 for more info; FREE

SATURDAY, April 7th - Easter Egg Hunt - 1pm; The Logan Kiwanis Club will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt at the Hocking County Fairgrounds (rain date is Sunday, April 8th) Hocking County Fairgrounds, 100 N Homer Ave, Logan; call 740-503-5199 for more info.

COMING MONDAY - EASTER BRUNCHES & BUFFETS!

ONGOING:
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is now open for the 2012 season. Our season runs March 24th thru November 25th

NOW THROUGH May 20th - LOOKING FORWARD: Work by the Faculty of Columbus College of Art & Design - 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday, 1pm to 4pm Sunday; Michael Goodson, Curator, has recently arrived at CCAD from New York City and has assembled an exhibition pairing diverse work by ten of the school's faculty, for example: A deconstruction of William Tecumseh Sherman's War is Hell speech, literally word for word, dispersed throughout contemporary Lancaster for people to find and keep, juxtaposed with an installation reflecting a personal history of a childhood in rural Ohio. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E Main St., Lancaster; call 740-681-1423 for more info. FREE

Through April 28th - Logan-Hocking High School Art Exhibit; Annual art exhibit by the Logan Hocking High School Art Students. Exhibit features a well-rounded collection of medium used by students. The exhibit is both powerful and thought provoking. Regular exhibit hours are 3pm to 6pm, Tuesdays through Fridays and 1pm to 3pm on Saturdays; The Bowen House, 196 N Market St, Logan; call 740-385-0344 or visit www.bowenhouse.org for more info

Through 2012 - "Logan and Hocking County...A Timeline"

New Exhibit at the Historical Society features several hundred years of the county's history condensed into four panels on display. The timeline includes Native Americans, the first settlers (1798), the Civil War, the Hocking Valley Railway, and more...up to the year 1917, when Logan celebrated its centennial. Winter Hours: Fridays 1pm to 4pm & Saturdays 11am to 5pm; Hocking County Historical Society 64 N. Culver St.(740) 385-6026 www.hockingcountyhistoricalsociety.com

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS - Seafood Fiesta! - 5pm to 8pm; M&M Family Diner in historic downtown Logan introduces their new hours and Seafood Fiesta, including a Fisherman's Platter of Flounder, Fried Shrimp and Fried Scallops, 'Pick a Pair' Surf & Turf and more. The new hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday 7am to 2pm AND 5pm to 8pm; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 7am to 3pm and Sunday 8am to 2pm. M&M Family Diner, 34 W Main St., Logan 740-380-9181

FRIDAYS - All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry at The Olde Dutch - 4:30pm to 8pm; Deep fried Pollock, French Fries and Cole Slaw for just $7.99. The Olde Dutch Restaurant, 12791 St Rt 664 S, Logan; 740-385-1000

FRIDAYS - Prime Rib Night at the Millstone BBQ and The Brass Ring Restaurant. The Millstone BBQ is located near the Holiday Inn Express on Grey Street in Logan and The Brass Ring Restaurant is located at 14405 Country Club Lane (just off St Rt 328) in Logan.

SUNDAYS - $5 Brunch at the Lodge, most entrees are $5 - 10:30 - 2:30; The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills; 29042 Hide-A-Way Hills Rd, Sugar Grove; 740-569-7944 for more info

SUNDAYS - Breakfast Buffet with Omelet Station and Pancake Station - 10am to 1pm at the Millstone BBQ. The Millstone BBQ is located near the Holiday Inn Express on Grey Street in Logan; 740-385-5341

MONDAYS through THURSDAYS - Bush's Restaurant Deals of the Week; Buy one dinner at $7.99 or more and get the second one half price (of equal or lesser value); Bush's Restaurant, 428 E Front St, Logan; 385-7639

TUESDAYS - "Wing Night" at The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills - 5pm to 9pm; $.49 wings with choice of 6 sauces (dine in only) and Comfort Food Tuesday's; New Menu starts Feb 7th, It is going to even better than the last menu, stop in and try something new, Veal Parm perhaps or even a Shrimp Po Boy. The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills; 29042 Hide-A-Way Hills Rd, Sugar Grove; 740-569-7944 for more info

MONDAYS - Acrylic Painting Workshop - Join Artist Suzanne Hiser in painting flowers this 2 hour workshop on Mondays from 10am-12pm. She will work with you on drawing, shaping and shading techniques that will bring out the beauty of our spring flowers. Fee: $25; All supplies are provided and suitable for all ages. Contact Audrey Martin, 740-596-1913 to

WEDNESDAYS - Yoga in the Hills - Blue Valley Massage & Traveling Spa - call 888-74-PEACE (747-3223) for location; $10 5pm to 6pm; This class is offered surrounded by the beauty of the Hocking Hills. Weather permitting classes are outside on our wonderful deck among the trees. This class is perfect for the beginner or those recovering from injuries. Groups are welcome! Call ahead for details - we may be having class, with our wonderful instructor, at a waterfall near you!

WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS THROUGH SUNDAYS - Beginner Bead Making Class - 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm; (1 hour class) Beginner Bead Making Classes. Have fun learning to melt glass while making your own glass beads and charms for bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Everything is supplied that you need to make beautiful glass beads. Ages 14 and up. $25 per person; call for reservations and class times - 740-385-1384; Liquid Light Gallery, 18345 Krinn Unger Keck Rd, Logan

THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS - Stained Glass Workshop - 10am to noon; Learn basic copper foil stained glass techniques with Audrey Martin. Classes are two hours long and all supplies are provided. At the end of the class you will walk away with your completed project and the knowledge to dive into more sophisticated glass projects. Fee: $25; All supplies are provided. Contact Audrey Martin, 740-596-1913 to schedule your stained glass workshop. 63775 SR 56, Creola, Ohio 45622, just 3 miles east of Ash Cave at Scenic Way Gifts and Art Glass Studio. Call for additional days and times.

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday - Flea & Farmers' Market at Hocking Hills Market; US 33, Rockbridge

Every Saturday & Wednesday - Athens Farmers Market's - 10am to 1pm. Come meet the farmers and producers behind the local food movement. Look for vendors selling produce, meats, eggs, cheese, jarred products, baked goods and lots more. Location: Market on State, 1002 E State St , Athens; for more info call 740-593-6763 or visit http://www.athensfarmersmarket.org/

DAILY - Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum - Mon to Sat, 9am to 5pm; Sun 11am to 5pm; Rev. Paul Johnson began his collection over 20 years ago. His Pencil Sharpener Museum, previously located at his home, has been moved to the Welcome Center and is open daily. This amazing collection of over 3400 pencil sharpeners has been featured in national magazines and is reputed to be the largest collection in the United States. Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center, 13178 St. Rt. 664 S, Logan; 740-385-9706; FREE

DAILY (Mon - Sat) The Columbus Washboard Company Museum and Gift Shop - There is so much history from our company and building's past that we wish to share it with everyone. The tour will not only provide historical information, but will also include the opportunity to observe the manufacturing of washboards, and participate in making music with the washboard. The factory will operate daily, as usual, with our washboards being produced one at a time by hand. We are the only manufacturer of washboards remaining in the United States. Our gift shop features our washboards, memorabilia and new line of vintage soaps. The Museum is a WiFi hotspot and offers snacks and beverages, for a place to relax and take care of business. Tours will be offered Monday through Friday at 10:00am, noon, and 2:00pm; Saturdays by appointment. Special arrangements will be made for large groups. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm; $4 for tour which includes souvenir magnet. Columbus Washboard Factory, 14 Gallagher Ave, Logan; 740-380-3828

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hocking Hills Conkle's Creep

FRIDAY, March 23rd - Conkle's Creep - 10am;
Conkle's Hollow state nature preserve is one of the most unique locations in the Hocking Hills.
Join the naturalist in the parking area for a short hike to find out why.
Hocking Hills State Park;

Conkle's Hollow, St Rt 374 & Big Pine Rd, Rockbridge;
call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE