Hocking Hills Kid Friendly Events
Hocking Hills State Park offers year around programs for all ages. But don't expect to be sitting down in a chair and warding off a yawn with a cupped hand by the old-fashioned slide shows of years past. And don't anticipate playing tag in the campground.
At this park, you'll be getting a bit of adventure because most of the park programs at Hocking Hills State Park are hands-on nature programs - night hikes (yes, in the dark!), birds of prey programs, survival and more.
There's never a dull moment at the parks! Hocking Hills State Park Naturalist, Pat Quackenbush, provides year around programs for all ages. Kids will love the birds of prey talks, Junior Naturalist programs and night hikes. Watch for special events throughout the year and nearly daily activities at the park.
52nd Annual Winter Hike
January 21, 2017
Continuous starts from 9-11 AM
Enjoy winters splendor on this 6-mile trek from Old Man’s 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 Man’s Cave.
February 11, 2017 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, 2017 12-4 PM
Join us at the Naturalist Cabin located behind the Old Man’s 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.
Wildflowers and Waterfalls Hike
April 22, 2017 10 AM
Observe nature’s carpet of wildflowers and sparkling waterfalls in beautiful Hocking Hills. Meet at the parking lot at Ash Cave.
Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Colors Hike
October 14, 2017 9:00 AM
Bring along a cool drink and celebrate the season’s colors. Meet with the naturalist at the Old Man’s 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 Man’s 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. 3 to 4 hours)
Hocking Halloween Campout
October 27-29, 2017
Join with the Haunted Hocking “HHIT” team as they search for the unexplained at Ash Cave or try your hand at Pumpkin decorating. Registered campers and cabin guest can enjoy a hayride, a family fun spooky movie, site judging, and trick or treat at Old Man’s Cave campground. Regular camping & cabin fees apply.
Christmas in Ash Cave
December 9, 2017 5 – 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.