Hocking Hills State Park Programs


October 2019


Friday October 4
1:00 PM HOCKING’S OWLS - Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohio’s winged nocturnal predators.

Thursday October 10
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

Friday October 11
10:00 AM *RIDGETOPS & HOLLERS- Ever wonder about the difference between a ridgetop and a holler? Join the naturalist at Ash Cave parking lot to find out more!

Saturday 12
9:00 AM Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Colors Hike**  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 to4 hours)

Thursday October 17
10:00AM * 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.

Saturday October 18
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. Meet at the Cedar Falls Shelter House.

Sunday October 19
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 in the nature preserve)

Friday October 25
7:00 pm - *HAUNTED HOCKING: Spirits of Ash Cave – Is Ash Cave really haunted or could it be something else?   Join the naturalist at the Ash Cave parking area to explore the possibilities.  (This program does contain ghost stories…parents; you know your children best and should decide if it is appropriate.  Please, no pets at Haunted Hocking.) 
Saturday October 26 (All Saturday Events Take Place in the Amphitheater Area of the Main Camp)
Please note: The following events are for REGISTERED CAMPGROUND/COTTAGE GUESTS (cars must pass through the campground registration and must have a valid campground/cottage parking pass)

1:00 - 4:00 pm – Hayrides through the campground.  Starts at the main shower house. This is your chance to see all the decorated campsites and tell us your favorite.  
Best Decorated Campsite award will be given right after Trick-or-Treat!  
12 PM – Pumpkin Painting (1 pumpkin per family please)              
2 PM – Owls & Snakes and other creatures of Halloween 
6:00 pm - Costume parade at the amphitheater.
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Trick or Treat in the campground!!
Vehicle traffic will be stopped for 1 hour only.
8:30 pm - Halloween movies at the Amphitheater. Sit back with your trick or treat "bootie" and enjoy a family fun Halloween movie.
Children must have adult supervision at all events.