Free Fun

Ash Cave

Admission: Free

Here is a list of great experiences with the perfect price: FREE

  • Hike to Old Man's Cave (1 mile)
  • Hike to Cedar Falls (1/2 mile) 
  • Hike to Ash Cave Gorge (1/4 mile; wheelchair accessible)
  • Hike the Ash Cave Rim (1/2 mile)
  • Hike to Conkle's Hollow (1 mile; wheelchair accessible)
  • Hike the Conkle's Hollow Rim (2-1/2 miles)
  • Hike to Rock House (1/2 mile)
  • Hike to Cantwell Cliffs (1 mile)
  • Hike to the Natural Rock Bridge and Waterfall in the Rockbridge State Nature Preserve  (3 1/2 miles round trip)
  • Challenge yourself with a hike on Grandma Gatewood's Trail from Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave (6 miles)
  • View seasonal waterfalls along most of the hiking trails
  • Visit the Butterfly Habitat at Old Man's Cave Visitor Center
  • Take in a Saturday night movie at the Lake Hope Nature Center Outdoor Amphitheater (summer only)
  • Spend the day at the beach at Lake Logan State Park
  • Drop a fishing line into Lake Logan (bring your own license and equipment)
  • Ride the Hock-Hocking Adena Bike Trail from Nelsonville to Athens
  • Hand-feed hummingbirds at Lake Hope State Park
  • Welcome our winged residents at the International Migratory Bird Weekend the second weekend of May
  • Sharpen your archery skills at the Hocking Hills State Park Archery Range (you will need your own bow and arrows)
  • Tour the only washboard factory in the US; these washboards are everywhere, including with our military overseas
  • Dance at the Washboard Music Festival - the third weekend of every June
  • Immerse yourself in nature, art and music at Lilyfest, held the second weekend of July
  • Visit The Bowen House Center for art and education in historic downtown Logan
  • Visit the Hocking County Historical Society Museum in historic downtown Logan
  • Take a self-guided historic walking tour of Logan
  • See the largest collection of pencil sharpeners in the world at the Pencil Sharpener Museum at the Welcome Center in Logan
  • Stroll around the Nelsonville Historic Art Square
  • Celebrate the month at Final Fridays, held the last Friday of every month in Nelsonville's Historic Art Square
  • Check out the antique train cars in Nelsonville
  • Visit the Military Museum in Nelsonville
  • Take a self-guided driving tour of Fairfield County’s 18 covered bridges
  • Browse the Decorative Art Center in historic downtown Lancaster
  • Enjoy all the free attractions at the 10-day Lancaster Fest (starts end of July)
  • Visit the Dairy Art Barn in Athens
  • Stroll around the campus of Ohio University and visit the Kennedy Museum of Art in Athens
  • Tour the Little Cities of Black Diamonds and discover the region's mining heritage; visit the website for more info and a touring map

    The Hocking Hills State Park offers naturalist programs year-round; weekends during winter and early spring, weekdays and weekends during the summer and fall. Check out our Calendar of Events for what's happening.

    Here's just a sample of the free naturalist programs at Hocking Hills State Park:
  • Historic Lantern Tours of Ash Cave at night
  • Star gazing events
  • Haunted Hocking: Spirits of Rose Lake
  • Stream Stompin'
  • Survival Ohio Style
  • Hocking's Birds of Prey
  • Furs, Feathers, Feet & Fangs
  • Weekly 5-Star Hike Series
  • Maple Sugaring in the Hills
  • Owl Prowl
  • Scalawags & Renegades
  • Winter Ice Hike
  • Rose Lake Excursions
  • Printing with Nature
  • Grandma Gatewood's Fall Colors Tour
  • Christmas in Ash Cave
  • Ash Cave Sweethearts Hike
  • Jeweled Dragons
  • Ridgetops & Hollers
  • Family Nature Adventures