Celebrate the great outdoors this holiday season at Ash Cave’s Christmas hike.
Ash Cave is one of the main tourist destinations in Hocking Hills. Not only is it a highlight of the park, but it’s also the largest recess cave in the state of Ohio.
Ash Cave is absolutely massive, measuring 700 feet from end to end and 100 feet from the rear cave wall to the front edge. It’s over 90 feet high and a tributary of the East Fork of Queer Creek falls over the edge of the cave into a pool below.
Early settlers found huge piles of ashes in the cave, some as long as 100 feet and three feet deep. Although the source of the ash piles is unknown, it’s believed to be from campfires built up over hundreds of years by the indigenous people of the region.
Visiting this natural landmark is fun any time of year, but it’s especially beautiful to visit around the holidays. Bundle up and enjoy a lighted hike to Ash Cave, complete with fun holiday activities, an old-fashioned Santa, and warm refreshments.
Christmas at Ash Cave will kick off on December 10 at 5 p.m. After a self-guided walk illuminated by lanterns, you’ll arrive at the cave where you can enjoy warm refreshments around the fire. You can listen to holiday music, visit with an old-fashioned Santa, or help decorate the Christmas tree for wildlife.
The event is free for all to attend, and families with kids of all ages are welcome. Additionally, well-behaved pets are allowed, as long as they remain leashed.
Christmas at Ash Cave will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on December 10. For more info, or to plan your visit to Christmas at Ash Cave, please visit explorehockinghills.com.
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