From Ohio State Parks:
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.
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
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.