More Hocking Hills State Park trails open

From Ohio State Parks:

🥾 TRAIL UPDATE 🥾 Thanks to our hard working staff and mother nature, many trails in the Hocking Hills region have reopened! Those include the trails at Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve as well as Cedar Falls, Rock House, and Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park.
The only trails/areas remaining closed at this time are:
• Cantwell Cliffs (all areas closed)
• Old Man’s Cave (trails to the cave and along the gorge from Upper Falls to Cedar Falls remain closed)
• Whispering Cave (part of Old Man’s Cave)
• The Rim Trail from Cedar Falls to Rose Lake
• The fisherman’s parking lot will also remain closed
If you intend to hike in the region, we urge CAUTION as some trails may still be slippery and Yaxtrax or ice spikes are STRONGLY recommended. Stay safe!
The scenery will be stunning, but please be careful out there!
Mary at Marsh Hollow

Icy and snowy roads

kids dog on bridge

In the winter, Wagner Road can be a little tricky to drive, especially if your route guides you over the steep Thompson Road ridge. We suggest that you check with us at 614-499-8205 for current road conditions.  While the state and county roads that connect to Wagner Road are usually cleared, our little township road may not be in similar condition.

In bad weather, it is best to route your arrival through Laurelville and follow State Route 56 to Big Pine Road, then onto Wagner Road. This avoids crossing Thompson Road.

This advice applies to both arriving and departing guests. Let’s be careful out there, people.

Last minute specials

kids dog on bridge

Winter is a great time to visit the Hocking Hills and Marsh Hollow: the crowds are gone, the rates are lower and it’s the quietest time of year. On top of that, we offer last minutes specials, generally for 1-6 days in advance. The last minute calendar is updated every day, so even though this post was made on January 4, the table below is current:

Call John at 614-499-8205 to book one of these great deals. Two day minimum, pets are welcome!

Mary at Marsh Hollow

Feeder Birds in the Hocking Hills, February 5-10, 2007

Last week, our very kind and patient guests reported the following birds at our Marsh Hollow feeder (sunflower seeds in a hopper and a suet cake):

  • American crow
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Blue jay
  • Brown creeper
  • Carolina wren (my favorite, next to roseate spoonbills who live in Florida)
  • Downey woodpecker
  • Hairy woodpecker
  • Northern cardinal
  • Red-bellied woodpecker
  • Ruby-crowned kinglet
  • Tufted titmouse
  • White-breasted nuthatch

And an unidentified hawk, possibly a Marsh hawk (that would be appropriate, wouldn’t it?).

The most unusual creature reported at that feeder, but only in summer, was a flying squirrel.

The feeder area at the Marsh Hollow “homestead” is crowded with gold finches and dark-eyed juncoes, and mourning doves. No kinglets or creepers, but all of the others. Our feeder menu is a little more extensive and includes thistle seed, safflower seeds, and shelled corn.