Hocking Hills State Park Programs - Daily

Naturalist Programs & Special Events  



Friday March 2
10:00 AM CONKLE’S CREEP – Conkle’s Hollow state nature preserve is one of the most unique locations in the Hocking Hills.  Join the naturalist for a short hike to find out why.  Meet in the parking area. No pets allowed in the nature preserve, please

Saturday March 3
10:00AM ASH CAVE HIKE-Join the Naturalist at the Ash Cave parking lot for a nice leisurely hike into Ash Cave to learn about some of the local history and geology of the area.
1:00PM– BIRDS, BIRDS, & MORE BIRDS: Come down to the Naturalist Cabin located by the A frame

Thursday March 8
6:00 PM WOODCOCK WATCH – Join the naturalist at the Rt 374 Cedar Falls upper parking area to witness one of the most elaborate bird courtship displays in Ohio.  Please keep in mind that these birds are weather dependent and will not perform in bad weather.

March 10 & 11, 2018 
Tours 12 Noon to 4 PM Maple Sugaring in the Hills
Come and join the naturalists for the first taste of spring.  We will take a close look at the history and production of this important natural sweetener.  Old Man’s Cave area.

Friday March 16
10:00 AM “RIDGETOPS & HOLLERS” – Ever wonder about the difference between a ridgetop and a ‘holler’?  Join the naturalist at Ash Cave parking area to find out.

Saturday March 17
9:00 AM WHISPERING CAVE St. Patrick’s HIKE- Meet the naturalist at the trailhead located by the cabin/lodge area for a moderately strenuous hike to the second largest recess cave in the park!
1:00 PM REPTILES- They say there are no snakes in Ireland.  Their loss, because we have plenty; along with some turtles and lizards…. Come to the naturalist cabin to learn about a few of the reptiles that make the Hocking Hills home.

Friday March 23
7:00 PM HISTORIC LANTERN TOUR of ASH CAVE- The mystery of Ash Cave is special as far back as the last Ice Age and beyond.  Join the naturalist in the parking lot area to explore Ash Cave by lantern light and learn this special history first hand.  We supply the lights…you supply the imagination. (Please no pets at the lantern tour)

Saturday March 24
10:00 AM SCALAWAGS & RENEGADES - 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.

Friday March 30
10:00 AM CEDAR FALLS STROLL - Join the naturalist to explore Cedar Falls and discover the unique natural & cultural history of this area of the park.

Saturday March 31
10:00 AM THE WONDERS of OLD MAN’S CAVE - Meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found throughout the park.
2:00 PM HOCKING’S BIRDS OF PREY - Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohio’s hawks, owls, eagles and vultures


Outdoor programs and activities can be inherently dangerous. Participants accept and acknowledge that any injury or property damage that occurs during a program or activity is not the responsibility of ODNR or its naturalist educators. All programs are subject to change. Notify the naturalist if special accommodations are needed for your participation.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.