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Hey there, nature enthusiasts and wanderers alike! If you're planning a trip to the picturesque Hocking Hills in Ohio, you're in for a treat. The lush greenery, stunning waterfalls, and trails that seem straight out of a fairy tale await you. But here's the deal: we're playing the ultimate game of hide-and-seek with nature, and the rule is simple - leave no trace!

Now, I know what you're thinking. "Leave no trace? But I'm not a ninja!" Fear not, fellow adventurers, it's all about embracing your adventurous spirit and enjoying nature while ensuring you don't leave any unwanted footprints (literally and figuratively). So, grab your backpack, and let's dive into the guide to enjoying Hocking Hills without leaving a trace.

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The Art of Stealthy Snacking

Picture this: you're at a stunning cave, munching on your favorite trail mix, and suddenly a wild squirrel appears, eyeing your snack like it's the last acorn on Earth. Cue the sneaky snacking technique - crumb containment! Ziploc bags are your best friends here. Keep those crumbs tucked away, and you'll avoid becoming the unintentional provider for the local critters.

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Refrain from Graffiti-Style Exploration

Yes, the trees and caves in Hocking Hills are beautiful, so let's keep them graffiti-free. We're all for spreading love, but carving initials or symbols into the bark or cave is a no-go. Instead, opt for a heartfelt selfie with your leafy friend and leave the tree's 'tattoo' as it is.

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Trekking, Not Collecting

Every leaf is a piece of art, and every rock seems like the coolest addition to your rock collection back home. But remember, the magic lies in leaving these treasures untouched. Admire them, photograph them, but let them be where they belong – in their natural habitat.

Ghost Mode: Garbage Edition

Here's the golden rule: whatever comes with you into the woods should leave with you. Wrappers, bottles, cans - they don't belong to this enchanted forest. So, channel your inner cleanliness guru and leave nothing behind but your footprints (metaphorically, of course).


Fairy Tale Footprints

Speaking of footprints, let's ensure our physical marks on the trails are minimal. Stick to the designated paths to preserve the delicate ecosystems and prevent unnecessary erosion. Fairy-tale adventures don't require straying from the trail; they're already woven into it.

by Jeffrey Tadlock

The Tale of Responsible Photography

Cameras ready? Perfect! So, dear adventurers, as you embark on your Hocking Hills escapade, remember: we're playing the game of hide-and-seek with nature, but this time, it's about leaving no trace. Let's ensure that the next explorers will find the same magic and beauty that captivated us.

Now, go forth, explore, and embrace the marvels of Hocking Hills. Just remember to take pictures, leave footprints, and carry memories – but leave no trace behind!

Happy trails, adventurers!

Who knew leaving no trace could be so much fun? Exploring nature is always an adventure worth embarking on, especially when you're doing your part to preserve its beauty for generations to come! Join us at Love Hocking Hills to take the pledge to do your part and be sent a free sticker as our thanks!

Posted: November 30, 2023