Things to Do in Ohio in December

Things to Do in Ohio in December
Winter does not mean the end of outdoor pursuits in Ohio. Bundling up and hitting the trails for a free or low-cost day of physical activity in the Hocking Hills area provides amazing, winter-wonderland sights for the entire family. Holiday events mixed with the great outdoors provide a recipe for not only fun, but also education on Ohio's native wildlife and Appalachian traditions.

Ash Cave Christmas Hike

The Christmas in Ash Cave Evening Hike is a popular event in the Old Man's Cave area of the Hocking Hills. Each year during the first weeks of December, the two-hour hike is held along the trails of this Appalachian outdoor attraction. Visitors can travel hike along the cave rim or walk on the handicap accessible paved areas of Ash Cave. Warm cocoa and refreshments are served over an open fire by Hocking Hills' staff and volunteers. Park naturalists are on hand to guide visitors and help an old-fashioned Santa Claus decorate the wildlife Christmas tree. The tree is adorned with edible treats to provide sustenance to native Ohio critters throughout the winter months.

Ash Cave--Old Man's Cave Park
State Route 664 South
Logan, OH 43138
(800) 762-9396
heartofhocking.com

Yoga in the Hills

"Yoga in the Hills" incorporates relaxation and invigoration in a scenic setting. The Blue Valley Massage instructors are the hosts of this event. The yoga class is held on a wood deck attached to a rustic lodge among tall Ohio pines and Buckeye trees. "Yoga in the Hills" is held annually on December weekends.

Blue Valley Massage
26366 Chapel Ridge Road
South Bloomingville, OH 43152
(740) 653-CALM
hockinghills.com

Frozen Waterfalls Hikes

Partake in the unguided Frozen Waterfalls trail hike during December and throughout the winter months. The Old Man's Cave trails and cave rims encompass more than 2,000 acres of natural Ohio hills and rock formations. Frozen waterfalls create crystal-like sparkles, offering amazing images for photographers. Hikers should use extreme caution when hiking on the cave rims during the winter months. Leashed pets are welcome on all Hocking Hills area hiking trails.

Ash Cave--Old Man's Cave Park
State Route 664 South
Logan, OH 43138
(800) 762-9396
hockinghills.com

Holiday Trail of Lights Hike

The Holiday Trail of Lights is held near the Lake Hope Nature Center in Vinton County. Visitors can hike along the trails as Christmas light displays light their path. Light displays are action activated, burning only when a visitor is near the display. This event is held every evening at dusk throughout December. Special children's activities are scheduled on weekends inside the nature center. Leashed pets are welcome at this attraction.

Lake Hope State Park Nature Center
27331 State Route 278
Zaleski, OH 45651
(749) 596-5253
lakehopestatepark.com

Article Written By Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill began writing professionally in 1990. She is a travel writer and photographer working for print and online media, primarily covering Florida, ecotourism and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Her writing credits include RUMBUM, Yahoo News, Visit South magazine,and North Carolina Coastal Guide. She studied journalism and education at Ohio University and real estate at Hondros College.

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