Hocking Hills State Park -

Fall Color Changes


 

Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Colors Hike
October 14, 2017                          9:00 AM  
Bring along a cool drink and celebrate the season’s colors.  Meet with the naturalist at the Old Man’s 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.  (Approx. 3 to 4 hours)

 

                            

Bring along a cool drink and celebrate the season’s colors.  Meet with the naturalist at the Old Man’s 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. 

(Approx. 3 to 4 hrs)

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Lake Hope State Park - 36th Annual Fall Hike

October 17, 2015                            10 AM

Three mile guided hikes begin at the Shelter house and ends at the Hope Furnace with bean soup and cornbread. Shuttles return you to your car. (740)596-3030

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Autumn Leaf Report - October beginning

Estimated Peak Arrival: Mid October . . .

Mid-September - Warm days, cool nights and not much rain this September. But the deep greens are beginning to fade to a smoky gray-green. Although not yet the deep maroons, pumpkin oranges and golden yellows of mid-October, the changes are just a month away!

View from fire tower - Hocking Hills State Forest Mid-September

 

Beginning of October - Greens and yellows deepen to display warm oranges and maroons. If the weather is right, leaves will stay on the trees long enough to show more brilliance as the days pass.

View from fire tower - Hocking Hills State Forest Beginning of  October     

 

 

Mid October - Peak time for leaf watching. Maroons and deep oranges, brilliant yellows and golds.

   

View from fire tower - Hocking Hills State Forest Mid October

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One Drive. 2 Hikes. And 3 Awesome Views.

Autumn. It is here in the Hocking Hills with bright yellows, deep oranges and brilliant maroons. And there is a lot of it. You don't even have to get our of your car to catch an entire horizon of fall colors. But if you've come to hike, take pictures, relax and catch a few colors before Winter comes crashing down on us with snow, here's a few places you can drive to see some greens, oranges, yellows and maroons.

Please note that the drive will take you past all of the Hocking Hills State Park trails (all 25 miles of trails!), so feel free to stop in and visit each one. We have noted those below that offer the best views. But please remember - with views come cliffs! Please make sure all pets and children are under your control when hiking. Conkle's Hollow does not allow pets as it is a nature preserve. The lower trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Please stay on the trails at all Hocking Hills State Park areas - it is the law.

The Drive

Start out at Ash Cave (GPS Tracking: 39.395993,-82.545927) on State Route 56. Turn left on the first road to the left - State Route 374.  You'll pass places like Cedar Falls and Rose Lake (GPS Tracking: 39.417215,-82.525359).  If you're not in a hurry, stop at the Rose Lake Fishing gravel parking area not far after Cedar Falls on the right hand side. You can hike down to Rose Lake and get a bit of color there, too.

Continue on until you get to the stop sign on State Route 664 and turn left (State Route 664 and 374 join together here for the next two miles).

Old Man's CaveThis road will take you past Old Man's Cave (GPS Tracking: 39.434668,-82.541571). Don't forget to stop in at the Expedition Trail right behind the Hocking Hills State Park Visitor Center. There are picnic tables for a quick lunch and plenty of hands-on nature games for folks of all ages.

 

Continue along 664 until you get to State Route 374 on the right-This will lead you toward  the Rock Climbing Area past Conkle's Hollow (GPS Tracking: 39.452879,-82.572148),  Rock House (GPS Tracking: 39.496623,-82.621307) and Cantwell Cliffs (GPS Tracking: 39.544724,-82.588305).

 

You can then continue on State Route 374 to State to State Route 33  (39.576536,-82.522066). Take State Route 33 East past Logan to State Route 664 South (39.537741,-82.443123). This will take you back to Hocking Hills State Park's Old Man's Cave (39.426116,-82.547407).

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Two Hikes with 3 Awesome Views

Conkle's HollowConkle's Hollow - Take State Route 374 and turn on to Big Pine Road. From there, follow the signs to Conkle's Hollow where you will travel a dead-end drive back to the parking area and trail head.

When you get on the trail, head toward the Upper Rim Trail designated by the many steps. Since this is a preserve, you must stay on the marked trails! Also a word of caution-the upper section of Conkle's Hollow is over 200 feet in the air in some places and the trail is along the edge. No Pets are allowed. Don't take kids here and certainly, use your common sense.

 

Conkle's Hollow Upper Trail From Forestry Headquarters: you will have to leave Conkle's Hollow parking lot to get here. Pull out of Conkle's Hollow and make a right. Go to the first stop sign (State Route 374) and make a right.  Go about a 1/2 mile and watch for the pull offs on the right. Do not block any gates. Follow the tail to lookout point.

 

Cantwell CliffsCantwell Cliffs: Cantwell Cliffs is one of the most remote and the least visited of the six park areas. The trail overlaps itself so look at the map carefully if you want to avoid going in circles. There is a 2 mile gorge trail and approximately a mile of rim trail.

 

 

 

 

 This map will take you on an Autumn drive you'll never forget. We've mapped it out to circle the most prominent hiking areas in the Hocking Hills, all known for their seasonal waterfalls and awesome autumn views.

Fall Hike