By Karen Raymore, CDME
Who would have guessed the cure for cabin fever is a cabin, a cabin in the Hocking Hills that is. After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays everyone needs a change of view. Winter days are not so long when surrounded by Mother Nature with all the comforts of home and a hot tub. Cabins and lodges in the Hocking Hills are designed to be your home away from home for two or twenty.
The arrival of Old Man Winter brings a quiet magic to the Hills. Waterfalls freeze in suspended animation and cave walls are covered in ice beards as sunlight dances like diamonds in the towering hemlocks. Deep craggy gorges carry hikers down hundreds of feet along gorgeous scenic trails. Leafless trees provide a great view of some of the region’s magnificent winged residents.
Hiking the trails of Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Conkle’s Hollow, Rock House, Ash Cave and Cantwell Cliffs is guaranteed to improve your health and renew your relationship with Mother Nature. Join in a Hocking Hills winter tradition at the 56th Annual Winter Hike on Saturday, January 15. You’ll hike from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave with a stop at Cedar Falls for a rest by a bonfire and the Logan Kiwanis Club’s bean soup and cornbread muffins. Busses transport hikers back to the Old Man’s Cave parking lot from Cedar Falls and Ash Cave.
After the Hocking Hills Winter Hike head to historic downtown Logan for the Logan Frozen Festival. Watch ice sculptors create works of art from blocks of ice. More than 25 individual ice sculptures are displayed along Main Street in the Hocking Hills’ hometown. There’s also plenty of places to shop and dine while enjoying the festival.
Romance fills the air as Valentine’s Day approaches. Cozy cabins invite sweethearts to warm up in front of a crackling fire. Steaming hot tubs rejuvenate muscles reacquainted with vigorous winter hiking. Traveling spa services will come to your cabin to pamper you with relaxing massage therapy. Take your Valentine to Ash Cave for the Sweetheart’s Hike February 12.
Spoil your valentine with new spa experiences. Rent a woodland sauna pod for two featuring a large window to enjoy the view from inside a warm sauna. If you’re ready to try a whole new form of wellness and relaxation, Hocking Hills Serenity Salt Cave is for you. This salt cave is not your average cave. With the powerful use of salt from the Himalayas and an incredible Halotherapy session, only 45 minutes are needed to feel cleansed, inside and out.
Ready for a little night life? Winter nights are spectacular at the John Glenn Astronomy Park and the star show starts early this time of year. Kick up your heels with live music at the Hocking Hills Winery and Brewery 33 every Friday and Saturday night.
Nature awakens from her winter slumber in the Hills with thundering waterfalls, woodland wildflower carpets and families enjoying a much-needed spring break. The days are a little longer and the weather is a little warmer. The maple sap flows from the trees and it’s time for Maple Sugaring in the Hills March 12 and 13. Learn how maple is harvested and turned into tasty treats while enjoying the Hills’ next seasonal transition.
The Hocking Hills is perfect for the family spring break. Spring brings opening day for zipline outfitters. State Forest bridle trails welcome equestrians with early signs of spring. Immerse yourself in spring at the Wildflowers and Waterfalls Hike on April 24. You will be joined by the park naturalist at Ash Cave for a delightful celebration of the season.
While visiting the Hocking Hills please follow the 7 Principles for Leave No Trace:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
For more details on the 7 Principles for Leave No Trace, visit lnt.org.
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Find your heart and soul in the Hocking Hills this winter. Begin your adventure at ExploreHockingHills.com.
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