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Jan 4 (Fri)

Cedar Falls Stroll

11:00 am. Stroll with the naturalist and explore Cedar Falls. You will discover the natural and cultural history of this area of the park. Meet at the Shelter House.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Cedar Falls, State Route 374, South Bloomingville Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 16 miles
Jan 5 (Sat)

Audubon Winter Bird Count - Hocking Hills

8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Hocking Hills State Park will again be participating in the annual Audubon Winter Bird Count. Group 5 will meet at the naturalist office near Old Man s Cave and divide up our area to survey. The final tally-up will be at 3:00 pm at the Camp Oty Okwa Dining Lodge. Please bring a lunch and your binoculars and come dressed for the weather. Interested birders should contact the naturalist if they wish to help.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Jan 13 (Sun)

Skin and Skulls

1:00 pm Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to see what critters make the Hocking Hills home.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Jan 13 (Sun)

Rhonda Vincent and The Rage

3:00 pm Stuarts welcomes back Bluegrass legend Rhonda Vincent and her band The Rage for a special Sunday Bluegrass Matinee. Rhonda Vincents career spans 24 albums and she has worked with everyone from Dolly Parton and George Jones to Faith Hill. She has received over 40 awards including an unprecedented 8 consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association and 6 Grammy nominations. And if you add in her band The Rage they emerge as the most awarded band in Bluegrass music with over 100 awards. Famously crowned as --The New Queen of Bluegrass-- by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincents music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads. Vincent has also performed and recorded with the best of the best, including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Daryle Singletary, Richard Marx, Hank Williams Jr and more. While being a 15-time --Entertainer of the Year,-- Vincent has established herself as one of the most visible, best-selling artists in the genre, whose cross-over appeal stretches well into the mainstream media.

Cost: $29-39 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Location: 52 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Jan 19 (Sat)

Winter Hike at Hocking Hills

9:00 am - 11:00 am Continuous starts. Join the Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike 6-mile trek to view the beauty of the hills and caves and waterfalls in winter. Start at Old Mans Cave on a hike to Ash Cave with a stop at Cedar Falls for refreshments (for a donation). Transportation is provided back to parking area near Old Mans Cave. Hocking Hills State Park is located about 55 miles southeast of downtown Columbus on State Route 664 in Hocking County.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-685-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio (740-385-6841)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Jan 25 (Fri)

Cedar Falls Stroll

11:00 am. Stroll with the naturalist and explore Cedar Falls. You will discover the natural and cultural history of this area of the park. Meet at the Shelter House.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Cedar Falls, State Route 374, South Bloomingville Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 16 miles
Jan 26 (Sat)

Fireside Chat

2:00 pm Bundle up and meet the naturalist at the Ash Cave Shelter house to talk about the topic of the day. Each visit will bring a different topic ranging from local folklore & history to plants and animals. We might even sneak in a special guest or two. Bring a mug along we will have the kettle on!

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Jan 26 (Sat)

Conkle's Creep

10:00 0m 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 allowed in the nature preserve please.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Conkle's Hollow Nature Preserve, 24858 Big Pine Road, Rockbridge Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 18 miles
Feb 9 (Sat)

Sweethearts Hike

5:00 - 7:00 pm. Meet at the Ash Cave parking lot. Take your sweetheart for a romantic stroll to Ash Cave in the soft light of dusk then enjoy a cozy fire and refreshments.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Ash Cave, State Route 56, South Bloomingville Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Apr 20 (Sat)

Wildflowers and Waterfalls Hike

10:00 am. Join us for a celebration of spring in the Hocking Hills. Observe nature's carpet of wildflowers and sparkling waterfalls in beautiful Hocking Hills. Meet at the parking lot at Ash Cave.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6842

Location: Ash Cave, State Route 56, South Bloomingville Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
May 2 (Thu)
May 3 (Fri)
May 4 (Sat)
May 5 (Sun)

Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival

5-11 pm Thu, 11am-11pm Fri/Sat 12-5 pm Sun. Watch the downtown streets of McArthur come alive with food, music and fun for the whole family. Activities such as Great nightly entertainment on the sound stage, carnival rides and games, car show, quilt show, queens and baby contests. Grand parade will be Saturday, at 600 p.m., followed by the crowning of the Wild Turkey Festival Queen. Come join us.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Vinton County CVB, Phone: 740-591-1118

Location: 104 W. Main St., McArthur Ohio (740-596-5033)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 19 miles
May 23 (Thu)
May 24 (Fri)
May 25 (Sat)
May 26 (Sun)
May 27 (Mon)

Moonshine Festival

600 pm on Thu/Fri and 1200 pm on Sat/Sun/Mon. Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, the festival features a variety of events including a working Moonshine Still Display, local history museum, flea market vendors, moonshine burgers, moonshine pie, moonshine doggies, carnival rides and games, free entertainment including Grand Ole Opry Show on Sunday, good food, souvenirs, talent show, Cruise-In, and 2 parades concluding with the Grand Parade on Memorial Day.

Cost: Free Events

Contact: Moonshine Festival, Phone: 740-394-2838

Location: 1 Main Street, New Straitsville Ohio (740-394-2239)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 8 miles
Jun 13 (Thu)
Jun 14 (Fri)
Jun 15 (Sat)

Washboard Music Festival

6:00 pm Thursday, 6/14, 12:00 - 10:00 pm Friday 6/15, and Saturday 6/16. Logan s own unique music and arts festival - the only one of its kind. Celebrate at The Washboard Music Festival in downtown Logan, the heart of the beautiful Hocking Hills. Ohio s Most Unique Music Festival takes place on Fathers Day weekend every year. It features events, a children s park with free rides and tons of foot-stompin music.

Cost: Free

Contact: Washboard Music Festival, Phone: 740-380-3828

Location: Main & Market Streets, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Jun 13 (Thu)
Jun 14 (Fri)
Jun 15 (Sat)

Washboard Music Festival

6:00 pm Thursday, 6/14, 12:00 - 10:00 pm Friday 6/15, and Saturday 6/16. Logan's own unique music and arts festival - the only one of its kind. Celebrate at The Washboard Music Festival in downtown Logan, the heart of the beautiful Hocking Hills. Ohios Most Unique Music Festival takes place on Fathers Day weekend every year. It features events, a childrens park with free rides and tons of foot stompin music.

Cost: Free

Contact: Washboard Music Festival, Phone: 740-380-3828

Location: Main & Market Streets, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Aug 14 (Wed)
Aug 15 (Thu)
Aug 16 (Fri)
Aug 17 (Sat)

Parade of the Hills in Nelsonville

10am-11pm Wed/Thu, 11am-12am Fri, 9am-12am Sat. Home of the Ohio State Fiddling Contest. Held annually in August in Nelsonville in the historic Public Square - The Parade of The Hills has become one of the states premiere family festivals. You will be treated to great family entertainment, regional art and home cooking, concessions, midway, carnival, Pie Contest Auction, 5 K run, Kids Street Games, Kids Athletic Day, Parades, The Ohio State Fiddling Contest, and free nightly entertainment. We feature three parades beginning at 6PM; Wednesdays Welcome Home Parade, Thursdays Bicycle Parade and Saturdays Grand Parade. Wednesday, 8-15 - Sail On - Beach Boys Tribute Band. Thursday, 8-16 - Tim Lovelace, sponsored by the Buckeye Ministerial Assoc Friday, 8-17 - Dwight Icenhower Saturday, 8-18 - The Coal Cave Hollow Boys The Family Fun Park will feature Cirque Amongus - Education Enrichment through Circus Arts.

Cost: Small Fee

Contact: Parade of the Hills, Phone: 740-753-4346

Location: Historic Square Art District, 46 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-4863)

In Town
Sep 13 (Fri)
Sep 14 (Sat)
Sep 15 (Sun)

21st Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Fri 4pm-midnight. Sat 10am-midnight. Sun 10am-4pm. The 21st Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival. What is a Pawpaw...The pawpaw is North American s largest native tree fruit. the fruit has a wonderful creamy texture and a tropical flavor. We hope you come to join the crowds of happy folks at scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio for 3 days of Pawpaw music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops and activities for the kids. Ever heard of the pawpaw fruit... Join pawpaw fanatics from around the country at the peak of the season for a weekend filled with everything pawpaw food, beer, music, art, history, trees, people, and much more. Smell, touch, and taste this wonderful tropical-flavored fruit that has been growing in America for thousands of years and is considered Ohio's first fruit. Southern Ohio is home to some of the largest and best tasting wild pawpaw patches on the planet. The pawpaw is also super nutritious and historically significant. Come wander the hills and discover why George Washington s favorite dessert was chilled pawpaw. Admission is $10.00/one-day pass $20.00 /weekend pass children 12 under free.

Cost: $10-$20 per person

Contact: Ohio Pawpaw Festival, Phone: 740-698-6060

Location: Ohio PawPaw Festival, 5900 US 50, Albany Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 14 (Sat)

Hocking Hills Indian Run

Beginning at the Hocking Hills State Park Naturalist Cabin, the Indian Run winds through vast wooded areas of the Hocking Hills State Park and Hocking State Forest, crossing streams, deep gorges, shimmering waterfalls and lush forests, leading uphill and down. The Indian Run is the ultimate challenge to the runner’s power of concentration. Indian Run Race Times The 60k run (37.28 miles) steps off at 7 a.m. The 40k race (24.85 miles) will begin at 8 a.m. The other races (5k, 10k and 20k) are individual starts between 9 and 11 a.m. Each runner in these races has an individual start and finish time recorded for them; therefore runners can choose to start their race any time within those two hours. 10k and 5k runners catch a bus at the located in the Naturalist Cabin area, to get to their start locations, and should plan to check in at registration 1/2 hour before beginning their races. All runners must check in with a (human) timer before beginning their race. All runners will be equipped with chip timing devices. Start times for some races are recorded manually and not with the chip timing. Chip timing is used to record all runners' finish times. More information on chip timing below. Same day registration and check-in for pre-registered runners for the Indian Run both begin at 6:30 a.m. All races meet and finish at the Hocking Hills State Park Naturalist Cabin, 19852 S.R. 664 S in Hocking County. Refreshments will be available for runners after their races. Pets are welcome to run the course with you (on a leash of course!). Walkers are also welcome at the Indian Run. Due to the loss of the Dining Lodge, Gear Check and Showers will not be available this year.

Cost: varies

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-2750

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio (740-385-6841)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Oct 12 (Sat)

Grandma Gatewoods Fall Colors Hike

9:00 am Bring along a cool drink and celebrate the seasons colors. Meet with the naturalist at the Old Mans 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. Approximately 3-4 hours.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
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