43RD ANNUAL WINTER HIKE AT HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK
SET FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
COLUMBUS, OH - The spectacular scenery of Hocking Hills State Park in southeastern Ohio will be clothed in its seasonal beauty for the 43rd Annual Winter Hike, scheduled for Saturday, January 19.
"Hiking the trails at Hocking Hills State Park during this annual event has become a seasonal tradition for many people," said Dan West, chief of Ohio State Parks. "It offers a chance to shake off the winter doldrums and get outside for a brisk walk through Ohio's great outdoors."
The hike is one of Ohio's most popular wintertime activities, drawing hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts each year. The hike takes place, regardless of the weather.
Hikers should arrive at the Old Man's Cave parking lot no later than 10:30 a.m. and preferably before 9 a.m. Layered clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended. Groups of hikers will start down the six-mile trail to Ash Cave at regular intervals until 11 a.m. The hike is expected to take about five hours.
A hearty lunch of bean soup, cornbread and hot chocolate will be served at Cedar Falls, mid-way point of the hike. The pause will include presentation of the Heart of Hocking Award to Bob Wells, a volunteer camper host with Hocking Hills State Park. The park's friends organization and representatives of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association will also present the park with a John Deere Gator ATV during the lunch break.
Park officials will provide return transportation from Ash Cave to Old Man's Cave following the event.
Pre-hike activities, including naturalists' programs, games and refreshments, will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 18, at the Hocking Hills State Park Dining Lodge.
The event is free to the public. Donations are encouraged for refreshments. Winter hike souvenir patches and hiking stick medallions will be available for purchase.
Hocking Hills State Park is located on State Route 664 in Hocking County, about 12 miles southwest of Logan. For further information about the hike, call the park office at 740-385-6841.
For Further Information Contact:
Pat Quackenbush, Hocking Hills State Park
Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations