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Feb 7 (Thu)

Lake Hope Owl Prowl

5:30 pm Join us for an owl prowl around beautiful Lake Hope State Park. Naturalists will give a presentation of these creatures of the night and lead us on a twilight hike in search of owls.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Feb 8 (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 Cedar Falls 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
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
Feb 10 (Sun)

Hocking Hills wildlife at the cabin

1:00 pm As you pass by on your hike today, stop by the Naturalist Cabin to explore and take a closer look at some of our native residents. Naturalist will be available to explain and answer questions

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
Feb 16 (Sat)

Conkle's Creep

10:00 am 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 17 (Sun)

Park Trivia

1:00 pm Meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin located by the A Frame Bridge for a fun filled trivia game. Find out how much you know about Ohio’s wildlife, boating and state parks. Come on down for your chance to learn and have fun!

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 17 (Sun)

Park Trivia

1:00 pm Meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin located by the A Frame Bridge for a fun filled trivia game. Find out how much you know about Ohio’s wildlife, boating and state parks. Come on down for your chance to learn and have fun!

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
Feb 20 (Wed)

Owl Prowl - Burr Oak

6:00 pm Come Join Rural Action's Sunday Creek Watershed Group and ODNR State Park naturalist for a wintry Wednesday night Owl Prowl! We will meet at Burr Oak Lodge for a short presentation and then will have the opportunity interact with live owls! Next, we will head outside for a hike to call Barred Owls! Wow! Please dress for the weather, bring a flashlight or headlamp if you desire, and remember it’s important to be quiet so we don’t scare the owls away. This event is family friendly. Burr Oak Lodge will also offer a special meal of soup beans and cornbread available for purchase before the event. Complimentary hot chocolate will be served. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity and we look forward to seeing you there! Please, no pets at the owl prowl.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Feb 24 (Sun)

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 Cedar Falls 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
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)

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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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