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2009 Events

44th Annual Winter Hike

January 17, 2009

Continuous starts from 9-11 AMEnjoy 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.

Sweethearts Hike

February 14, 2009  

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 7 & 8, 2009  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.  Free samples are available.


Wildflowers and Waterfalls Hike

April 25, 2009    10 AM

Observe nature’s carpet of wildflowers and sparkling waterfalls in beautiful Hocking Hills.  Meet at the parking lot at Ash Cave.


Hocking Valley Birding Trail Presents:

International Migratory Bird Weekend

May 8-10, 2009

Times and locations will vary…see the flier,  www.birdhocking.com or the parks website for details.

Join with several area naturalist and birders along the Hocking Valley Birding Trail route for a variety of programs, hikes and events to celebrate the return of our avian friends.


Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Colors Hike

October 17, 2009      1:00 PM

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. 3to4 hrs)


Haunted Hocking Weekend

October 30 & 31, 2009

Join with the Haunted Hocking “HIT” 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 12, 2009 

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.


Hocking Hills State Park




Hunter's getaways-2007! Looking for cabins that welcome hunters during the season?

Look no farther. . .Below is a list of  places that allow hunters and some even offer specials:



Click here for information about Division of Wildlife Hunting Laws     or call 1-800-WILDLIFE.



Denotes that cabin may offer specials. Limitations and special dates apply so check with owner for more information.

Great Escape Cabins -  Quiet morning awakenings. Peaceful afternoons. Romantic Evenings. Discover the serenity

Great Escape Cabins


At the Hunters Haven cabin, there is 31 acres of private hunting!  For cabins, there is a "Bring your Own Linen Discount".

10567 SR 664 N

Logan, OH 43138

(740) 380-2606





Hot Tub Relaxation... Quiet morning awakenings... Peaceful afternoons.. Romantic Evenings... Reclaim your serenity in one of the secluded log cabins or cottages nestled on private wooded properties in the beautiful Hocking Hills of Ohio. Each cabin is fully furnished and includes decks with private hot tub, gas grill, central heat/air, queen beds, linens, cooking and dining ware.

Hocking Hills Homestead - Hocking Hills cabin and cottage rental with a pet friendly environment, country settings and hot tubs.

The Hocking Hills Homestead


19727 Unger Road

Logan, OH 43138
(740)  385-0449



Hocking Hills Homestead has two types of lodging-one is a restored 1800's farm-like country home and the other is the woodland cottage pictured above called the Glenwood. These two beautiful getaways help you escape from the hustle and bustle of your busy world. Soak your stress and cares away in the hot tub. In the quiet of the evening you may wish to relax before the gas log fireplace or watch your favorite show or video tape on the TV/VCR. Only one mile from Old Man's Cave with a peaceful country

setting and relaxing hot tub.

Best Nest Cabins - Panoramic views and stocked ponds make for a unforgettable stay.

Best Nest Cabins



34125 Moore Road                                         

Logan, Ohio 43138-9430

(800) 213-8780  (740) 385-4073






Enjoy a homespun welcome at any of the 1, 2 or 4 bedroom cabins, each with everything needed for the perfect getaway. Best Nest offers private hiking, outstanding fishing, soothing hot tubs. . . all with complete secluded luxury. By day, Best Nest is a photographer's dream where panoramic views and wildlife abound. By night, Best Nest transforms into a romantic stargazer's paradise.

Sunrise Log Cabins- Spacious fully furnished 1,2 and 4 bedroom log cabins on 9 acres.

Sunrise Log Cabins

30080 Phelps Road

Logan, Ohio  43138



Fall Special (8/9/2006 thru 12/21/2006)  (4-Bedroom Log Cabin, Pool Table, Hot Tub, Fireplace) $199 Per night for 2-people. Sunday thru Thursday only. Additional guests are $25.00 per night per person (Children 6 years and under stay free). Previous reservations excluded. Holidays excluded. Taxes not included. No other discounts apply. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OFFER YOU MUST BOOK AT THIS BOOKABLE PACKAGE SITE!!!!


The perfect romantic getaway or family vacation. Relax in a private hot tub or cozy up by a warm fireplace with that special someone. Nearby, guests to Sunrise Log Cabins find hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, fishing and golfing. Simply enjoy the spacious fully furnished 1,2 and 4 bedroom log cabins situated on 9 private acres. All this is only 10 minutes from local craft and antique shops, Old Man's Cave and the Hocking Hills State Parks. No pets, no smoking inside.



Hocking Hills Hunting-Deer Hunting Regulations as printed by the Division of Wildlife

Click here for the most up to date info from Division of Wildlife!

2006 - 2007
Deer Hunting
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The Ohio Administrative Code contains the details of these regulations and is available for review
in the clerk of Common Pleas Court office in each county. Please check with Division of Wildlife for further questions-1-800-WILDLIFE

Find a Hunter Education Class

Paper copies of the regulations are available at local check stations and various retail stores or by calling




The Ohio Administrative Code contains the details of these regulations and is available for review
in the clerk of Common Pleas Court office in each county

Permission to Hunt

The landowner’s written permission is required for hunting and trapping on private land, regardless of whether the land is posted. Permission slips are available at Division of Wildlife district offices and some license outlets.

The Penalty for Hunting Without Written Permission

The maximum penalty for hunting without written permission of the landowner for a first offense is 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. The maximum penalty for a second offense is 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.

A person must carry written permission at all times while engaging in hunting or trapping on private land and exhibit it upon request to a state wildlife officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff, police officer, other law enforcement officer, owner of the land, or the landowner’s authorized agent.

Hunting Methods

Unless otherwise indicated, game may be taken with longbow, crossbow, or any caliber handgun, rifle, shotgun (10 gauge or smaller), or airgun. Be safe and choose the appropriate method for the species.

Game birds and game quadrupeds may not be taken by trapping.

Electronic callers may be used while hunting, except while hunting migratory game birds (waterfowl, rails, and shorebirds) and wild turkeys. It is lawful to use electronic callers for crow hunting.

It shall be unlawful to use any device capable of transmitting or receiving a person’s voice to aid in the hunting or taking of deer.

Spotlighting of wild animals from vehicles, including illuminating with headlights, is prohibited. Spotlighting is illegal whether hunting implements are carried in the vehicle or not.

Persons hunting, trapping, or pursuing furbearing animals at night must carry a continuous white light visible for at least 1/4 mile. When two or more persons are hunting or trapping together for furbearing animals, only one light is required and may be carried by any member of the party. Persons hunting foxes or coyotes with a call from a stationary position may use a single beam light.

It is unlawful to possess a hunting device while training or working a dog pursuing coyotes from sunset to sunrise.

All hunting from motor vehicles, except boats and machinery being used in farm operations is prohibited. Hunters who are physically handicapped to the extent that they cannot walk, may hunt from a stationary vehicle in a field except on a public hunting area. Hunting all game and furbearers except mink, muskrat, and beaver is lawful from a boat or powercraft. All hunting from aircraft is prohibited.

It is unlawful to shoot from, on, across, or along a public road or highway.

During the statewide muzzleloader season and youth deer gun season it is unlawful to hunt legal game with shot shells containing shot larger than #4. Waterfowl hunters must use nontoxic shot of any size.

During the youth deer gun season, deer gun season, and the muzzleloader deer season all hunters must visibly wear a vest, jacket, coat, or coveralls that are solid hunter orange or hunter orange camo, except waterfowl hunters.

Longbows and crossbows may be used to take legal game. However, crossbows may not be used to hunt migratory game birds. Longbow hunters may use a hand-held mechanical release. Crossbows may be cocked with a device, but must have a working safety and a stock more than 25 inches long.

Arrows for longbow and crossbow must be tipped with a broadhead not less than 3/4 inch wide while hunting deer or turkey. The arrow tip must have a minimum of two cutting edges which may be exposed or unexposed.

It is unlawful to hunt deer or turkey with a longbow having a draw weight of less than 40 pounds, or with a crossbow having a draw weight of less than 75 pounds or more than 200 pounds.

Poisoned or explosive arrows are unlawful. While hunting, it is unlawful to have attached to a longbow or crossbow any mechanical, electrical, or electronic device capable of projecting a beam of light.

Share the Bounty

There are two organizations in Ohio fighting hunger by helping hunters donate a portion or all of their venison to folks who need it.

The Division of Wildlife wishes to thank you, the Ohio hunter, for making a difference by donating your venison to the hungry of our state. Visit the Hunters for the Hungry section of our web site for more information.



Public Hunting Lands

It is unlawful for any person to use a rifle, pistol, revolver, shotgun or other firearm at any time on any land or water area, controlled or administered by the Division of Wildlife except while lawfully trapping, or hunting wild animals, or target practicing on a designated Division of Wildlife target range.

Portions of Deer Creek, Resthaven, La Su An, Grand River, Brush Creek, Waterloo, Cooper Hollow, East Fork, and Fallsville wildlife areas will be open for disabled persons to drive their cars or trucks to designated interior areas for hunting. Disabled persons are required to have a physician’s statement listing the illness or disability that prohibits them from walking. It remains unlawful to shoot from any motorized vehicle.

It is unlawful to hunt with or possess any shot except nontoxic shot at Metzger Marsh, Mallard Club, Pipe Creek, Magee Marsh, Toussaint, and Little Portage wildlife areas.

All hunting and trapping on Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is by permit only.

On All Wildlife Areas

It is illegal to sit, stand, or otherwise be in contact with oil or gas production or transmission wells, pumps, tanks, pipes, and other equipment.

Roadside camping is prohibited on all state wildlife areas. Primitive campgrounds are located on Woodbury, Tycoon, Wolf Creek , and Monroe wildlife areas.

It is unlawful for any person to use or hunt with a rifle, pistol, or revolver from October 15 through January 1 during the daylight hours on any lands owned, administered or under agreement with the Division of Wildlife, except when properly used on a designated Division of Wildlife target range or when hunting squirrels with a rimfire rifle, pistol, or revolver or when deer hunting with a muzzleloading rifle or legal pistol or revolver during the youth deer gun season, deer gun season, statewide muzzleloader season, and the early muzzleloader season.

On Auburn Marsh Wildlife Area it is unlawful to use a rifle, pistol, revolver, or a shotgun using slugs at any time. Deer hunting at Auburn Marsh Wildlife Area is lawful using archery equipment only.

All wildlife areas are closed to all activity other than hunting, trapping, and fishing from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. September 1 through May 1 and from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. May 2 through August 31.

Beaver and river otter trapping are prohibited on all state public hunting areas including state parks and forests without a special permit from the Division of Wildlife. Consult our district offices or this Website for information on how these permits can be obtained.

State parks have special hunting and trapping regulations. Some are not open to hunting or trapping. A permit is required to build a duck blind on state park lakes. Consult the Division of Parks and Recreation, 2045 Morse Rd. , Columbus , Ohio 43229 or the park manager.

It is unlawful to operate or park any vehicle on properties administered by the Division of Wildlife except on designated roads and parking areas.


Live furbearing animals, amphibians, reptiles, game quadrupeds, or game birds may not be held in captivity or sold except by propagation permit.

Hides of furbearing animals taken legally during the open season may be sold during that open season.

Furbearers may not be taken alive during open hunting and trapping seasons.

Persons desiring to buy green or dried fur must have a fur dealer’s permit.

It is unlawful to buy, sell or possess nongame birds or their parts, dead or alive.


No person shall dig, harvest, or otherwise collect wild ginseng from its natural habitat except during the season of September 1 through December 31 of each year. Ginseng plants with unripened berries, or which have less than three-leaf stems (prongs) cannot be harvested. Seeds from wild ginseng plants shall be immediately replanted at the place where the plants were collected. Any person collecting ginseng is required to keep accurate records showing the number of pounds and ounces of ginseng, both green and/or dry weight, collected in each Ohio county by date of collection. Dealers and buyers shall acquire a state dealer’s registration permit each year prior to purchasing or otherwise acquiring Ohio ginseng. No person shall harvest wild or cultivated ginseng from private or public property without first obtaining written permission from the landowner or his agent.

For more information on ginseng harvest, contact the Division of Wildlife.

Dog Training

The Division of Wildlife has established designated dog training areas on some of its wildlife areas. Dogs may not be trained or exercised on state public hunting areas from May 1 through August 31, except on these designated dog training areas. A nonresident may not train, work, or exercise a dog in Ohio at any time Ohio residents are not permitted to train, work, or exercise dogs in the nonresident’s state. Training dogs while pursing furbearing animals is permitted only from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Firearms may not be carried by persons training or working dogs during the closed season for furbearing animals.

Designated dog training areas are located on portions of the Auburn Marsh, Berlin, Caesar Creek, Delaware, Fallsville, Grand River, Highlandtown, Indian Creek, Killdeer Plains, Lake La Su An, Maumee State Forest, Oxbow, Resthaven, Rush Run, Spencer, and Woodbury wildlife areas.

Shooting Ranges

The Division of Wildlife operates five Class A ranges. All persons age 18 and older shooting on Class A ranges must purchase a Shooting Range Permit which is available at all hunting and fishing license outlets and on the Internet at www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife. Permits are not sold at the shooting ranges.

Shooters age 17 and under are not required to purchase a permit, but must be accompanied by and directly monitored by an adult (age 18 years or older) holding a valid Shooting Range Permit.

Shooting Ranges – Hours of Operation


Hours of operation vary. All ranges are closed on Monday and Tuesday as well as the following dates: New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Contact the wildlife areas for detailed information:

Delaware Wildlife Area* 8589 Horseshoe Rd. , Ashley (614) 644-3925

Deer Creek Wildlife Area* 12552 Post Rd. , Route 1 Mt. Sterling (614) 644-3925

Spring Valley Wildlife Area 1863 Rox - N Burlington Rd. Waynesville (937) 862-5162

Grand River Wildlife Area* 6686 S.R. 534 Farmington (330) 889-3280

Woodbury Wildlife Area* 23371 S.R. 60 S Warsaw (740) 824-3211

Closed during January and February.

Hunting rules and regulations may change. This website is not affiliated with DNR and only provides info.  For the current information, contact your local Division of Wildlife Agency above.

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