Activity Spotlight – Winter Hike

This week’s Activity Spotlight is written by our Assistant Innkeeper, Savannah Byram.

Are you looking to get away to a winter wonderland this year? Why not take in the beauty of Hocking Hills with the 52nd Annual Winter Hike, January 21st, 2017?

People from all over the world make their way to Old Man’s Cave to start this annual 6 mile trek through three of the most beautiful state parks that Ohio has to offer.  The State Park Rangers salt the trails to assure safety to all ages of hikers, but be sure to wear layered clothing and good footwear.

Your journey will begin at the entrance of Old Man’s cave where you will hike through the beautiful gorge trail for 3 miles.  On your way through the Gorge Trail you will see all sizes of ice formations towering over the cliff edges, offering perfect photo opportunities.

At the end of the first 3 mile leg of the Winter Hike you will arrive at Cedar Falls, where refreshments will be available. The kind volunteers have made plenty of hot cocoa, bean soup, and corn bread to enjoy for any size donation.

From there you will continue down the trail to Ash Cave, or if you would like to return to your vehicle, buses will shuttle you back to Old Man’s Cave.  If you choose to continue the adventure, you will hike another three miles to Ash Cave, where the breath taking nature trails lead you to the front of the Ash Cave Falls. After completing this final leg of the adventure, buses will bring you back to your vehicle. From there you can drive a short distance to the Hocking Hills Dinning Lodge for their lunch buffet to reward yourself.

The Winter Hike as well as all pre-hike and post-hike activities are free. Donations are encouraged for the refreshments, and for the return ride to Old Man’s Cave. Commemorative patches and hiking stick medallions are available for purchase.

For more information on the event, contact 740.385.6842 or visit the event website.

Jim Reed

Jim Reed is a lifelong gamer who started with the original red box Dungeons & Dragons. After spending 20 years in the corporate world, he decided it was high time that work be fun and struck out on his own. Jim now owns and operates Ravenwood Castle, and spends his days ensuring his guests have as much fun as he does.