There is something special about the Hocking Hills when winter descends on the scenic Ohio parks. Tree branches hang heavy with snow as waterfalls freeze over in spectacular displays of winter landscapes. Every year thousands of travelers visit the area to see the splendor of the season on the annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike. This six-mile hike winds through some of the best attractions in the parks, including Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, and Ash Cave. Stay at one of our cabins near Old Man’s Cave with Chalets in Hocking Hills, and you will be within a few minutes of where the winter hike begins. So, if you are ready to hit the trails this winter, then read on to learn more about the annual Hocking Hills hike.
General Information About the Hike
The Hocking Hills Winter Hike takes place in January and starts at the campground next to Old Man’s Cave. Hikers should meet at the Hocking Hills State Park Campground between 9:00-11:00 am to join this winter adventure. The hike is free and available for everyone, but donations are welcome and encouraged. Finally, make sure to check the forecast and dress for the weather before heading out. Pack your mittens, zip up your coat, and lace up your hiking boots because it’s time to experience the allure of Ohio winter on some of the best trails in the state.
What Can I See on the Hocking Hills Winter Hike?
Hike past spectacular scenery with a guide until the first stop at the Upper Falls of Old Man’s Cave. From here, you will explore the rest of the trail on your own as you pass the dazzling frozen waters of Rose Lake. The trail reaches the mid-point at Cedar Falls, where you can marvel at the suspended beauty of the waterfall. At this point, hikers will be able to refuel with a hearty bowl of bean soup before heading towards Ash Cave. This cave is the largest in Ohio and features a tributary to Queer Creek, flowing over the rim in a frozen pool below. At this point, you can take a shuttle back to Old Man’s Cave, where you can end the day with refreshments.
Where Can I Stay in Hocking Hills?
At Chalets in Hocking Hills, we have several cabins near the state pa
rks, at our Chalets at Old Man’s Cave. We have over a dozen A-Frame cabins that can accommodate up to four people and provide a cozy escape from the cold. If you want to explore the trails with a larger group, choose our Rockhouse, Fallswood, or Fireside lodges instead. We have everything you need to unwind after the winter hike and provide an excellent location if you want to spend the entire weekend exploring Hocking Hills State Park.