Earlier this year, I saw the most gorgeous picture of Hocking Hills. It wasn't the beautiful greenery picture you're thinking about. It was covered in soft, fluffy snow and looked like a true winter wonderland. At that moment, I knew I had to go on a snowy day.
Hocking Hills is one of the most popular state parks in Ohio and is located about 2.5 hours away from Cincinnati. We ventured out the morning after Christmas. South East Ohio received more snow on Christmas than Cincinnati, so some parts of the roads were still covered. The drive isn't too hilly, and no one else was on the roads, and it wasn't bad at all.
Yes, it was freezing, but so worth it! Make sure you dress in layers. I styled a pair of leggings with another pair of fleeced lined ones, 2 sweaters, 2 pairs of wool socks, waterproof winter boots, a heavy winter coat, 2 pairs of gloves, and a winter hat. Part of the trails was icy, so make sure you wear good shoes that have plenty of traction.
The trails at Hocking Hills are pretty easy, especially the popular ones, such as Old Man's Cave and Upper Falls to Lower Falls are very short and easy. There are a lot of stone steps along the trails that ice up easily, so be careful.
One of the best things about going here in the winter is that you have it all to yourself. Hocking Hills attracts a ton of people, especially in the warmer months. Not many people venture out in the cold and snow here. It was so peaceful and quiet.
The waterfalls were partially frozen with some water still running down the streams. Icicles were hanging all over, some even taller than me. It wasn't actively snowing at the time, but the snow softly falling to the ground from tree branches was magical. The contrast between the snow and sandstone was so beautiful and unique.
I really had so much fun playing in the snow and hiking in a true winter wonderland. Normally I like to stay in and keep warm during the winter, but this was 100% worth it! If you dress right, it's really not that bad!
I honestly think I love Hocking Hills way more in the winter than in the summer!
If you're not sure how much snow, or what the conditions are going to be the day you're going, search #hockinghills on Instagram and look at pictures that were posted that day. You can also search and join a "Hocking Hills" Facebook group for daily updates!
Do you venture out in the winter, or do you prefer to stay inside? Let me know in the comments!
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Happy Travels! <3