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Things to Do in Hocking Hills During the Holidays

December 5, 2014

Spend the season surrounded by the beauty of the hills

Step away from your hectic holiday schedule with an enchanting weekend of things to do in Hocking Hills. From parades to hikes, our December is packed with can’t-miss sights and activities.

Get a start on your holiday shopping at the Christmas Market at the Dining Lodge, featuring work from The Hocking Hills Artists and Craftsmen Association, or the Holiday Bazaar at the Dairy Barn which includes the work of more than 40 local artists.

Appreciate the beauty of Christmas with the Festival of Trees at the Bowen House, HVCH Auxiliary Celebration of Lights or the join the Stuart’s Winter Wine Express on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.

Take a step back in time with Holidays on the Ohio Frontier at Lake Hope, at the Holiday Open House at the Historical Society or Homespun Christmas.

Explore the beauty of the Hocking Hills with Christmas in Ash Cave. Take a break from the hectic holiday season with a lighted stroll to Ash Cave, and bring the kids for a visit to Santa’s workshop.

Keep reading for even more things to do in Hocking Hills this holiday season.

Christmas Market at the Dining Lodge & HHACA

  • When: Dec. 1 through Dec. 14, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • Where: Hocking Hills Dining Lodge
  • Cost: Free to browse
  • Reservation: No
  • Contact: 740-707-0246
  • About: Come join the first annual Christmas market at the lodge. The Hocking Hills Artists and Craftsmen Association has teamed up with the Dining Lodge for a pop up, European inspired Christmas market. This is a perfect chance to pick up unique gifts, dine at the lodge and take in the winter beauty of Hocking Hills.

Holiday Bazaar at the Dairy Barn

  • When: Dec. 5, 3p.m. – 8p.m. Dec. 6, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Where: The Dairy Barn Arts Center
  • Cost: Free
  • Reservation: No
  • Contact: 740-592-4981
  • About: Come on down to the Holiday Bazaar in the Sauber Gallery. Featuring more than 40 local artists, it’s the perfect place to get a start on your seasonal shopping.

Christmas Open House at Flowers by Darlene

  • When: Dec. 6, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Where: Flowers by Darlene
  • Cost: Free
  • Reservation: No
  • Contact: 740-385-6311
  • About: Flowers by Darlene’s Christmas Open House is set to feature refreshments, music, the chance to win a $500 gift certificate, and holiday savings! With a variety of holiday décor, it’s the perfect place to find unique gifts for everyone on your list.

Holiday Open House at the Historical Society

  • When: Dec. 6, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m and Dec. 7, 13, 14 from 1p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Hocking Co. Historical Society
  • Cost: Free
  • Reservation: No
  • Contact: 740-385-6026
  • About: Meet and talk with Dr. Johnson, author and expert in Christmas Decorating. Open to the public. Everyone is welcome!
Photo by: Teresa Salizzoni/Logan Daily News

Photo by: Teresa Salizzoni/Logan Daily News

Festival of Trees at The Bowen House

  • When: Dec. 9, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Where: The Bowen House
  • Cost: Free
  • Reservation: No
  • Contact: 740-385-0344
  • About: The Bowen House will be beautifully decorated from head to toe with an array of unique and creative trees (among other holiday displays) to celebrate the annual Festival of the Trees. The exhibit runs through Dec. 23, and special events will occur throughout the month.

Homespun Christmas

  • When: Dec. 6, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Where: Fairfield County Fair
  • Cost: Free
  • Reservation: No
  • Contact: 740-653-3041
  • About: If you’d like to see 18th and 19th Century antiques, primitives, Olde Christmas, handmade and new folk art, come to the Fairfield County Fair and see the Homespun Christmas. There will be fresh greens, music, demonstrations, and a drawing for a gift certificate.
Photo by Barry Miller/for The Logan Daily News

Photo by Barry Miller/for The Logan Daily News

Logan Santa Parade

  • When: Dec. 13, 2 p.m. (RESCHEDULED FROM 12/6 DUE TO HEAVY RAIN)
  • Where: Main Street, Logan
  • Cost: Free
  • Reservation: No
  • Contact: 740-385-6836
  • About: Come out and enjoy the festivities of Hocking County as the parade features bands, businesses and much more. The parade will start at the Hocking County Fairgrounds and end at the Tractor Supply parking lot. Parents, bring your children to enjoy activities provided by the Logan Town Center before the parade, watch for the “arrival“ of Santa at the end of the parade, and see the lighting of the downtown Logan holiday lights. Afterwards, head out to Christmas in Ash Cave, which runs 5 – 7 p.m. in the park.

Winter Carnival in Lancaster

  • When: Dec. 6,  12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Lancaster
  • Cost: Free
  • Reservation: No
  • Contact: 740-653-8251
  • About: Come to Lancaster’s Winter Carnival and enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown, pictures with Santa, and a day full of holiday fun! This free event also features fun activities such as cookie decorating, ornament making, and children’s crafts. Or, stop at the Lancaster Holiday Handmade Market at The Lodge in Lancaster

Additional Events:

  • Sign-up for the 90.9 Christmas Cookie Bake-Off
  • Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:45 p.m.
  • Performance by the Singing Gales of Lancaster
  • Lighting of the downtown Christmas Tree
  • Free cookies and hot chocolate

This is a family friendly and free event. Music begins at 5:45 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 6 p.m. For more information please visit

HVCH Auxiliary Celebration of Lights

  • When: Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Worthington Park
  • Cost: $5 individual, $10 family, or $25 business
  • Reservation: No
  • Contact: 740-380-8110
  • About:  Say “I Love You” or “I Remember You” in a unique way  and support the Hocking Valley Community Hospital at the same time. Reserve a light on a Christmas tree for a donation of $5 individual, $10 family, or $25 business. Memorial and honor contributions are acknowledged by a Celebration of Lights postcard sent to the honoree of your gift. The names will be read aloud, at a special tree lighting ceremony under the gazebo at Worthington Park. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Stuart’s Winter Fundraiser

  • When: Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Stuart’s Opera House
  • Cost: $30-$75
  • Reservation: No
  • Contact: 740-753-7924
  • About: Stuart’s Opera House presents a holiday fundraiser featuring your favorite performers from the popular Night With the Legends! Support Stuart’s and enjoy a great night of entertainment from some of Southeast Ohio’s own local legends and some of the season’s best music. We will be pulling the winners of our 2014 Fundraiser Raffle and much more! $75 tickets include a seat in rows A-E and a VIP reception at 30 Public Square (Hocking College Art Gallery) featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres and special holiday cocktails. Tours of our upcoming expansion will be offered.

Christmas Lights Tour – Scenic Hills Senior Center

  • When: Dec. 11, Depart 6:00 p.m., Return 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Scenic Hills Senior Center
  • Cost: $6 tour (Pickup/drop off at home is an additional $5)
  • Reservation: Yes
  • Contact: 740-385-6581
  • About: Board our comfortable bus as we travel around sightseeing all of the Christmas Lights in Logan and Lancaster. Space is limited to 14, so make your reservation now!

Stuart’s Winter Wine Express on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

  • When: Dec. 12, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Depot
  • Cost: $25-$40
  • Reservation: No
  • Contact: 740-753-1924
  • About: Enjoy some wine, cheese, and other treats while taking a ride through the Hocking Valley. All proceeds benefit Stuart’s Opera House! The coach car is a renovated historic train car with cushioned bench seats. First Class features a more modern experience with airline-style seats, and a complimentary Stuart’s Opera House wine glass is included for first class ticket buyers.

Reservations aren’t required, but seats are reserved, so we suggest buying tickets in advance.

Christmas in Ash Cave

  • When: Dec. 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Where: Ash Cave Parking Lot
  • Cost: Free
  • Reservation: No
  • Contact: 740-385-6841
  • About: 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 our holiday music, have the kids visit with an old fashioned Santa or help to decorate our Christmas tree for wildlife.

Holidays in the Country

  • When: Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Camp Oty’Okwa
  • Cost: $30 per person or table of 6 for $225
  • Reservation: Yes
  • Contact: 740-603-3911 / Cathy Knoop
  • About: Enjoy a “Holiday in the Country”! This annual Holiday Banquet and Silent Auction will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Camper Scholarship Fund. Located at Camp Oty’Okwa, in the beautiful Hocking Hills, this event will feature a festive wagon ride to the dining lodge where guests will be treated to a gourmet holiday banquet, including appetizers from Bonefish Grill. The evening will also include musical entertainment with “Just the DJ” and live performances by “Folkwood Players” and “Audie Wykle”. Offerings at a Silent Auction include donations by local merchants and artisans.

“An Appalachian Christmas Carol”

  • When: Dec. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m., Dec. 19 and 20 at 8 p.m., Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Stuart’s Opera House
  • Cost: $18 Adult, $15 Senior/Student, $12 Child (12 & under)
  • Reservation: No
  • About: You may think you know the classic Dickens story “A Christmas Carol.” But what if the story was set in Southeast Ohio in 1907 and old Eb Scrooge owned the local mine? What if Bob Cratchit helped organize the mine workers, and Fezziwig’s holiday party took place at Stuart’s Opera House with musicians playing live onstage? Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble, Southeast Ohio’s professional theater company, is proud to present “An Appalachian Christmas Carol.” This is a joyful story of redemption, rooted in rural storytelling and intertwined with regional traditions. Be sure to make “An Appalachian Christmas Carol” part of your holiday family tradition on the Historic Public Square in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Holidays on the Ohio Frontier at Lake Hope

  • When: Dec. 20, 2 p.m.
  • Where: Lake Hope Shelterhouse
  • Cost: Free
  • Reservation: No
  • Contact: 740-596-3030
  • About: Come along and take a step back in time as we explore how the early settlers in the Ohio Frontier celebrated the holiday season. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate early traditions, and you can try your hands at a few early holiday games and crafts. Gather at the Lake Hope State Park Furnace area.

8 tips to take better iPhone photos

November 13, 2014

Looking for things to do in Hocking Hills? Brush up on your iPhoneography skills before hitting the trails.

The Hocking Hills region is one of the most photo-worthy in the nation. Thousands of nature-lovers hike our trails each year—and take even more photos. Whether you’re scoping out your next Instagram post or just looking for things to do in Hocking Hills, keeping these tips in mind on your next shoot will bring out the best in every shot.

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Instagram / @jasonmizephoto

1. Rule of thirds:

First, to see the rule of thirds in action, enable the camera grid lines on iPhone by going to Settings; scroll down and tap on Photos & Camera; scroll down and tap the Grid feature. Now, go to your camera and app and see the difference.

The rule of thirds is simply a guideline that states that a photo is compositionally more interesting if the important elements of the image fall on one of the grid lines or their intersections. For example, a horizon shot would be much more interesting with the sun (the most important element) featured in the bottom two-thirds or left two-thirds of the frame, rather than dead center.

2. Use two hands for stability:

When you’re holding your device and setting up the frame, be sure to hold it firmly in both hands for stability. Bend your elbows and bring the screen closer to your face so you can easily see all the details. Being able to see each detail of your photo, rather than holding the camera at arm’s length, will make all the difference in your composition.

Keep in mind that the camera shutter isn’t released until you take your thumb off the shutter button on the touch screen. Try gently and quickly tapping the button with your right hand, while steadying with your left, to capture the scene as you see it play out.

3. Avoid zoom:

When you can, avoid using the zoom tool. Because the iPhone will automatically adjust the exposure and white balance, you run the risk of draining the resolution.

National Geographic photographer Cotton Coulson writes, “If at all possible, physically move closer to your subject if you need a close-up. The greater the zoom, the more likely that camera shake will cause your photos to lack sharpness.” So (safety permitting) don’t be afraid to go in close!

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4. Composition:

Author of the video course The Art of Mobile Photography, Justin Balog, recommends ensuring that your “hero” is the primary element of you composition. Focusing on the hero, that is, whatever it was that initially attracted you to the scene, will help shape your entire photo.

5. Try different settings:

Using the HDR setting on your iPhone takes two photos at once, so you have a light and darker version. You can also take a panoramic shot to include an entire scene in one photo, and not limit yourself to what’s directly in front of your lens.

6. Pay attention to light:

Whether you’re using an iPhone or high-end DSLR camera, the quality of light often determines the success of a photo. Coulson advises avoiding sunny and direct light when shooting portraits. His favorite light? “Bright overcast, open shadow, or even a bit of fog. For technical reasons, the small sensor in the iPhone will handle this light best.”

Things to do in Hocking Hills Ohio

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7. Look for new angles:

Not feeling creative? Always try to shoot from unique angles and perspectives. Shoot high, shoot low, and always try to find a fresh angle.

8. App time:

Even professional photographers turn to apps like VSCO cam, Landcam and Photoshop Express. Many apps also have built-in social media sharing options, so you can send your finished work straight to your Instagram and Facebook.

Hitting the trails? Make sure to tag @myhockinghills and use #hockinghills and #myhockings on all your posts for a chance to see them featured on our feeds.

Second Annual Comfort Food Cruise

November 7, 2014

Look no further for things to do in Hocking Hills

Don’t let the weather fool you—it’s time for a cruise. While frozen waterfalls and ice beards are busy forming in the cold outside, you’ll be occupied sampling the finest dishes from all around the region. There’s no shortage of things to do in Hocking Hills when you stop in for our second Comfort Food Cruise.

Our ten participating restaurants (keep reading to find the bonus eleventh stop) will be dishing up their most popular dishes for six days: Jan. 24, 25, 31 and Feb. 1, 7, 8. Your ticket is good for each day—or you can try to hit all 10 restaurants in one fell swoop.

Between meals, be sure to explore the wonders of Hocking Hills with a winter hike. Visit popular sites like Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, Rock House and Conkle’s Hollow. You can even make a weekend of it and find the perfect cabin in the Hocking Hills for you and your lucky date.

Events in Hocking HillsThree ways to purchase tickets

Tickets are $15 per person, with $5 of every ticket sold benefitting local food pantries.

You can:

  • Purchase tickets in person: Stop by the Welcome Center to pick up your tickets. Cash or check only, please.
  • Purchase tickets by mail: Send your name, address and the number of tickets you want with your check to Comfort Food Cruise, Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center, 13178 State Route 664 S, Logan. OH 43138.
  • Purchase tickets online

Plan your cruise

This year, we’ll be hosting a Bonus Stop at the Hocking Hill Regional Welcome Center with mini cinnamon rolls from 8 a.m. until noon. Stop by and visit the world’s only Pencil Sharpener Museum and pick up your free Comfort Food Cruise souvenir.


  • Biscuits & Gravy at Pearl’s

1545 E. Front Street, Logan; serving from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Breakfast Burrito at M&M Family Diner

34 West Main Street, Logan; serving from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Mac & Cheese at Jack’s Steak House

35770 Hocking Dr, Logan; serving from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Baked Steak Sliders at Boot Factory Grill

45 E Canal Street, Nelsonville; serving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Pizza at Hocking Hills Dining Lodge

20020 State Route 664 S, Logan; serving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Meatloaf at The Ridge Inn Restaurant

16178 Pike Street, Laurelville; serving from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Three Berry Cobbler at Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

21190 State Route 374, Logan; serving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Spaghetti at Pizza Crossing

58 N Mulberry St, Logan; serving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Chicken & Noodles at Olde Dutch Restaurant

12791 State Route 664 S, Logan; serving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Chocolate Ice Cream at Ralph’s Ice Cream

26776 US 33, Rockbridge; serving from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Buy your tickets online today for $15 per person, with $5 of every ticket sold benefitting local food pantries.

Top 5 reasons to go camping in the fall

October 7, 2014

Whether in a tent or a Hocking Hills cabin, experience the season in Ohio

Take on a six-mile trek. Soak in a hot tub. Saddle up for a horseback ride. Relax on a scenic train ride. No matter your style or age, there’s something for everyone in the Hocking Hills.

From spectacular fall foliage and unique activities, to photo ops and cabin living, read on to see why you’ll fall in love with fall in the hills.

Take in the fall foliage

There’s a reason that nature lovers throughout the region look forward to the season with such anticipation. Fall’s colors in Hocking Hills are unmatched, whether you’re fishing Rose Lake, hiking one your favorite trails or checking out any number of free activities in the area.

Looking for a guided trek? Hike the historic Grandma Gatewood trail with the Hocking Hills’ naturalist. This annual six-mile trek takes hikers from Old Man’s Cave to the renowned beauty of Cedar Falls. As you explore the trail and take in the beauty of the fall flora, the naturalist will expound on the foliage, unique sites and history of the area along the way. Along with the vibrant autumn color, you’ll also experience soaring cliffs, unusual rock formations and Instagram-worthy waterfalls.


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Cabins in Hocking Hills

If tent camping isn’t your style, fall is prime time for renting cabins in Hocking Hills. Warm up in your private hot tub, whip up some comfort food, crowd around the campfire and explore the area.

With hundreds of cabins and dozens of specific amenities to choose from, cabins in Hocking Hills are perfect for a fall retreat with the office, family vacations and reunions, romantic weekends, girlfriend getaways or just a weekend away from it all.

Use our easy availability search to scope out which cabins have vacancy and to narrow by amenities.

Unique fall activities

Once you’ve settled into your Hocking Hills cabin, there’s not shortage of seasonal activities to check out in every corner of the area.

  • Halloween on the Hocking: You’ll never see haunted houses the same way again once you experience the spooky thrill of the Hocking River. The water leaves no place to hide from whoever is lurking behind the bend as you navigate your way back to the safety of dry land. If you make it in one piece, put your bravery to the test yet again on a haunted hayride through the campground.
  • Walker Farm’s Pumpkins: A fall tradition. Enjoy the colors of fall as you explore the Walker Farm and select your own pumpkins and gourds, or choose from the farm’s selection. On the weekends, negotiate your way through the corn maze or take a wagon ride after a day picking the perfect pumpkin.
  • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway’s Weekday Fall Foliage Trains: Featured on AARP’s list of 10 Best U.S. Train Trips to Take This Fall, this ride whisks you along the historic Hocking River Valley. Experience unforgettable scenery from an enclosed coach or open-air car, plus stretch your legs while you explore at Robbins Crossing.

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Get out of the city

On a psychological (and scientific) level, spending time in the outdoors has been found to can help lift depression, improve energy, and boost overall well-being and mental health.

Just as spending more time in nature be beneficial to your health, staying stuck inside behind a screen can have negative effects. One study found that people living in high-tech societies can suffer from what has been dubbed “nature deficit disorder,” and that spending just 20 minutes outside each day can increase energy levels.

Unending photo opportunities

While thousands of visitors capture incredible shots in this neck of the woods year-round, fall is the perfect time to connect with your artistic self. Bring your camera and smartphone to grab some Instagram-worthy shots. Don’t forget to use #hockinghills for the chance to see your photos on our Instagram or featured on Facebook.

Join us for exciting fall activities in the Hills

October 2, 2014

Grab some friends and a Hocking Hills cabin to enjoy the season’s offerings

Autumn. Leaves changing, pumpkin carving, wagon riding, music making. When you make the short trip to Hocking Hills this fall, you’ll find seasonal adventures for every age.

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Feeling daring? Take the thrill of a haunted house to the river with Halloween on the Hocking—an eerie adventure that will test your bravery. Or, at the Tombstone Travels, follow costumed guides through Logan’s Oak Grove Cemetery to hear spooky tales (and keep an eye out for ghosts.)

Take the family to Walker Farm’s Pumpkins to pick your own pumpkins and gourds, hitch a ride on the wagon and test yourself in the corn maze.

Before the temperatures drop and incredible ice waterfalls form, the hills offer another natural phenomenon: the changing of the leaves. Grab your friends to take a six-mile hike to view the famous fall colors of the hills on a guided hike along the historic Grandma Gatewood trail. Don’t forget to check out cabins in Hocking Hills to top off the perfect fall weekend.

And of course, you’ll get your fall fix all in one place at Hocktober Fest, bringing everything from live music to a fishing derby to the hills.

Keep reading for even more things to do in Hocking Hills this fall.

Friends of Hocking Hills State Park Fall Poker Run

When: Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Hocking Hills Dining Lodge
Cost: Free
Reservation: Yes
Contact: 877-403-4477
About: Join Friends of Hocking Hills for a ride through the famous fall colors of the Hocking Hills. While you collect your best poker hand, you’ll find Bonus Cash Stops, Door Prize Cards, great food and drinks along the 100-mile route! First place will take home $300; second place wins $200; and third place pockets $100. 

Halloween on the Hocking

When: Oct. 11, 18 and 29, 6 p.m.
Where: Family Fun Center
Cost: $42 per canoe
Reservation: Yes
Contact: 740-385-8685
About: If you’re looking for the ultimate spooky Halloween adventure, you’ve never experienced anything like Halloween on the Hocking. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill haunted house—the river leaves no place to hide from whoever is lurking behind the bend. When (if?) you survive, put your bravery to the test yet again on a haunted hayride through the campground.

Walker Farm’s Pumpkins

When: Open daily, with corn maze and wagon rides on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Where: Walker Farm 28800 Chieftain Dr. Logan, Ohio 43138
Cost: $2.50 and up
Reservation: No
Contact: 740-385-6758
About: It’s not fall without pumpkin picking! Enjoy the season at The Walker Farm finding your own pumpkins and gourds, or choose from the farm’s selection. On the weekends, find your way through the corn maze or take a wagon ride after a day picking the perfect pumpkin. 

Hocktober Fest

When: Oct. 4, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: Hocking College
Cost: Free
Reservation: No
Contact: Amanda Amsel 614-221-2885 ext. 22
About: There’s something for everyone at Hocktoberfest. Activities you’ll remember from last year include live music, outdoor skill learning and demos, a fishing derby, Clint Bowyer & Don Schumacher racing teams, horse drawn wagon rides, local vendors, pumpkin decorating and more! Keep an eye out for new attractions that’ll be sure to become part of our packed repertoire of fall fun.

Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Colors Hike

When: 1 p.m. to approximately 4 or 5 p.m.
Where: Old Man’s Cave Visitor’s Center
Cost: Free
Reservation: No
Contact: 740-385-6841
About: Visitors will enjoy the best of Hocking Hills’ fall beauty while hiking the historic Grandma Gatewood trail. The naturalist will kick off this six-mile trek at 1 p.m. and take hikers from Old Man’s Cave to the renowned beauty of Cedar Falls. As hikers walk the trail, they will be awed by the display of vibrant autumn color, soaring cliffs, unusual rock formations and picture-perfect waterfalls. This hike does include several hills and steps and is not recommended for the easily-winded individual.

The Haunting of Hills House

When: Oct. 8 p.m.
Where: Stagecoach Conference & Banquet Center
Reservation: No
Contact: 740-583-9475
About: Travelers are invited to sit back and enjoy this haunting performance by Logan Theater Group, described as “a chilling, mystifying study of mounting terror when a group of ‘psychically receptive’ people come together in Hill House, a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion known as a place of evil and ill-will.”

Tombstone Travels

When: Tours at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: Logan Central Elementary parking lot
Cost: $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under
Reservation: No
Contact: 740-385-6813 X2235
About: How brave are you? For the fifth consecutive year, costumed guides will take those who dare through Logan’s Oak Grove Cemetery. Ghost-seekers will hear spooky tales about those who are laid to rest, complete with gravesite performances along the way.

Some of the interesting individuals you will meet include:

  • Charles Keynes, who established Keynes Mills
  • Flavius Case, an early druggist in the community
  • Jennie O. Cherrington, second wife of Dr. Cherrington who established Cherrington Hospital
  • Dr. Charles Lyons, Logan sportsman and dentist
  • William Woodard, furniture store owner and funeral director
  • Nellie Allen Adams, daughter of Dr. Allen and piano teacher in Logan
  • Winfield Poston, first Director of Farmers & Merchants Bank and owner of some 1,200 acres

2014 Hocking Canal Tour & Fall Ramble

When: Oct. 17 through Oct. 18
Where: Various locations
Cost: $30 – $90
Reservation: Yes
Contact: Kay Sheldon, 440-327-3816
About: Enjoy The Canal Society of Ohio’s annual fall outing “Going Up the Hocking Canal – Logan to Carroll.” You’ll explore the area and take in the gorgeous fall colors on this guided bus tour and field trip along the historic Hocking Canal route. Register online.

The schedule of activities includes:

  • Oct. 17, 7 p.m.: Opening Reception at the Hocking County Historical Society, presentation by Dave Neuhardt.
  • Oct. 18, 8 a.m.: Day-long tour, guided and narrated by Dave Meyer.
  • Oct. 18, 6 p.m.: Social hour and dinner at the Olde Dutch Restaurant in Logan.

Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage

When: Oct. 30, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. and  Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.
Where: Stuart’s Opera House
Cost: $10 advance, $12 door, $7 student
Reservation: No
Contact: Brian Koscho, 740-753-1924
About: This show, directed by by Gary Molina, is a smart black comedy and “B” western horror flick for the stage. Tickets are available in advance or at the door starting in October.

If you’re traveling this fall, be sure to check our lodging availability search to puruse all the cabins in the Hocking Hills and find the perfect spot for you.

Hocking Hills Music Park is set to shake up the southeast Ohio music experience

September 17, 2014

Our new music venue will kick-off with the legendary Pure Prairie League

Erected in the heart of the Hocking Hills region, a brand new music venue is positioned to become a destination venue cutting across genres and ages.

Hocking Hills Music Park is a collaboration between two Columbus-area men, Bret Adams and R.J. Edwards. Adams, who also owns a popular Columbus event venue called The Bluestone, told the Athens News that he predicts the Music Park will have a positive impact on the community and commerce in the region. As a Hocking Hills cabin owner himself, Edwards sees the venue as a way to drive tourism in southeast Ohio, as well.

From vision to venue

While the idea for the venue sparked about a year ago, it took less than six months to transform the ravine into southeastern Ohio’s newest music venue. And with an amphitheater capable of holding upwards of 5,000 people, the possibilities are as endless as the artists that will play it.

“The music will vary, which is why we used the term music park,” said Adams. “We don’t want to limit the genre to country, although country will be the primary driver.”



The Hocking Hills Music Park will provide an intimate setting, with plans for permanent staging and facilities that will bring national entertainers to the Hocking Hills area. The park is conveniently located in the heart of the region on State Route 664 with parking on site. Its on-site camping and amenities found nowhere else in the region.

Karen Raymore, executive director of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association, says, “I am excited to see the addition of such a great music venue to the Hocking Hills Community, and I believe it will be a great value not only on the economic side but also on the tourism development side, as well.”

Inaugural concert with Pure Prairie League

Hocking Hills Music Park will open to the public with a series of launch events on Sept. 19 and 20. The Music Park is excited to offer free entertainment on Friday Sept. 19, beginning at 6 p.m., giving ticket holders a chance to set up camp and explore the new venue.

Hocking Hills cabinsSaturday night’s headliner, Pure Prairie League, is near and dear to many Ohioans’ hearts. With some of the band members’ roots in south-central Ohio, Pure Prairie League got its start in the 1960s playing cover tunes. The band soon became one of country rock’s pioneering forces, releasing 12 albums, including the multiplatinum, “Bustin’ Out” and the classic song, “Amie.”

Special guests McGuffey Lane and Jonalee White will open the show for the inaugural concert.

Admission for the concert is $20 and gates open to the public at noon Friday.

“We are excited to be a part of this inaugural event and feel that the Hocking Hills Music Park will be a game changer for entertainment in southeastern Ohio, “ adds Melissa Dickson, Communications Director for Hocking Hills Music Park.

The two-day kick-off will also feature on-site primitive camping. Fans can take advantage of this unique camping and concert combination while spending the weekend in a natural, music-style amphitheater. The camping option is available for an additional fee for both Friday and Saturday.

Concert goers looking to stay the weekend, but forego tent camping, should check out available Hocking Hills cabins. Tickets are available for purchase online.

Don’t miss the Hocking Hills Artists & Craftsmen Fall Show

September 5, 2014

Enjoy local talent near places to stay in Hocking Hills

The beauty of Hocking Hills has long drawn artists to the area. From painters to woodworkers, craftsmen of all disciplines are inspired by and nurtured in the hills.

HHACA_3Late each September, the Hocking Hills Artists & Craftsmen Association (HHACA) showcases the work of these local artists and craftsmen at the State Park Dining Lodge near Old man’s Cave at the annual Fall Show. The lodge fills with handcrafted objects from area artists for visitors to peruse and purchase. This year, the show dates will take place Saturday from Sept. 27 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday Sept. 28 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Come see why the variety of media on display, combined with the high level of craftsmanship, makes the Fall Show a popular annual event for area residents and visitors alike. Whether you’re heading down for the day or looking for places to stay in Hocking Hills, you won’t want to miss the Fall Show.

Art in Hocking Hills

HHACAYou don’t have to be a professional to be inspired by the Hocking Hills. Studios and galleries dot the hills, with plenty of workshops available throughout the week. Whether learning a new craft like glass bead making or brushing up on old photography skills, there’s no shortage of classes and workshops to bring out your inner artist.

Hocking Hills Tourism Association Operations Director, Audrey Martin, loves seeing her students discover an artistic side that they never knew existed. “Many people don’t believe themselves to be creative, but they truly are,” she says. “Once they go through some of these classes, it gets their juices flowing. They take it home and apply it to other areas of their life. It’s just the full gamut—hiking as well as creativity.”

She adds that everybody has a little creative side, and the importance of bringing that out can’t be overstated. “Confidence building goes into that, too. If they’ve never really had someone show them the steps and now they’ve done it, it just increases their own awareness allows them to know what their abilities are,” she says.


HHACA_2HHACA is an association of artists and craftsperson’s living in the Hocking Hills area who take pride in handcrafted items for any occasion.

If you would like information about becoming a member of HHACA, please see our Application Form. They will ask you to fill it out and bring it, along with samples of your work and the $20 yearly fee, to an upcoming regular meeting. Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month at the Logan Library at 7:00 PM. You can contact Spirit Williams at 740-385-8245. The mailing address is P.O. Box 371, Logan, Ohio 43138.


All images courtesy of the HHACA website.

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