Hocking Hills State Park Programs - Daily

Naturalist Programs & Special Events  

HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK SEPTEMBER 2018

Saturday September 1
9:00AM * FISHING- Join the naturalist at Rose Lake to try your hand at catching fish. Poles and bait will be provided. Participants 16 and over will need to have a fishing license to fish.
1:00PM *TREES PLEASE: Meet the naturalist at Ash Cave parking lot to learn about some of the trees in the Hocking Hills and their uses. We will take a short walk to learn ways to identify trees in the area.


Sunday September 2
9:00 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.
1:00PM Naturalist Cabin” OPEN”- Come to the naturalist cabin located by the A frame bridge. The naturalist will be on hand to answer questions and share the mysteries of the park.


Monday September 3 Labor Day
9:00AM * 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.
1:00PM *ARCHERY- Meet the naturalist at the archery range to learn some basic archery skills. Bows will be available to shoot during this program.


Thursday September 6
9:00 AM *CEDAR FALLS STROLL - Join the naturalist to explore Cedar Falls and discover the unique natural and cultural history of this area of the park.


Friday September 7
10:00 AM ROSE LAKE Stand Up Paddleboard “SUP” EXCURSION - Ever wanted to try your hand at SUP? Maybe you have been paddling for a while and want to learn more. Well, join the naturalist instructor who will teach participants the proper handling and control of a SUP along with the proper gear. Equipment will be provided. Pre-registration is required for this trip and you must sign -up in person at the camp office. Trip size is limited so register early! Please wear clothing to get wet, no open toe shoes and bring along plenty to drink.


Saturday September 8
9:00 AM *RIDGETOPS and HOLLERS- Ever wonder about the difference between a ridgetop and a holler? Join the naturalist at Ash Cave parking lot to find out more!
1:00 PM HOCKING’S OWLS - Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohio’s winged nocturnal predators.


Thursday September 13
1:00PM *REPTILE RAMPAGE: What makes a reptile a reptile? What is cold blooded? What reptiles live around here? For the answers to these and other question, meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin located by the A-frame bridge to learn about the reptiles of Ohio.


Friday September 14
9:00PM-- Share My Campfire: Meet the naturalist at the community fire pit located in the cabin area to listen to or tell stories and make s’mores. (S’more’s provide, please bring your own drinks).


Saturday September 15, 2018
Indian Run - Join us for a challenging 5,10,20, 40 &; 60 KM course. For more info contact the Hocking Hills Tourism at (740) 385-9706.


Sunday September 16
9:00 AM *SCALAWAGS and 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.
1:00 PM * THE GREAT MIGRATION CHALLENGE- Migration is a challenge for the birds! Come to the naturalist cabin located by the A frame bridge to play a game and learn more about migration.

Thursday September 20
9:00 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)


Friday September 21  GOAL HIKE SERIES!
1:00PM *CONKLES RIM TRAIL HIKE- Conkle’s Hollow Rim Trail Hike is a remarkable sight! Meet the naturalist in the parking area of Conkle’s Hollow for a 2 ½ mile hike. Wear sturdy shoes, remember we will be on the rim close to the cliff edge small children should be watched closely! (no pets in the nature preserve)


Saturday September 22
9:00 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.
1:00 PM HOCKING’S WILDLIFE at the CABIN – As you pass by on your hike today, stop by the Naturalist Cabin to explore and take a closer look at some of our native residents.  Naturalist will be available to explain and answer questions.

Sunday September 23
1:00PM *TERRIFIC TURTLES- Stop by the Naturalist Cabin located by the A frame bridge to learn about the turtles that make Hocking Hills their home. Learn about the decline of the Eastern Box Turtle and ways we can help.

Thursday September 27
1:00PM * MAKING TRACKS- Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to learn about animals that make the Hocking Hills home and the tracks they make.

Saturday September 29
GOAL HIKE SERIES! 11:00 AM *LAKESIDE HIKE- Meet the Naturalist at the Rose Lake Dam to walk around Rose Lake. Bring a sack lunch or a snack and a drink as we may stop off for a rest.  This hike is approximately 2 ½ miles and Sturdy Shoes is recommended.

Sunday September 30
9:00AM * 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.


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. NO SWIMMING IN CREEKS, PONDS, OR WATERFALLS AT THE PARKS!
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.