Hocking Hills Has Everything You Need To Survive January, Including A Comfort Food Cruise And Frozen Festival

I get it. January may not seem like an obvious time to visit the Hocking Hills. But, there are some awesome events that you won’t want to miss.

Sure, it’s cold and it would be easy to stay snuggled up inside. But just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t go out and explore our beautiful state.

Over the course of three weekends in January, the Hocking Hills will host three can’t-miss events: The 53rd Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike, the Frozen Festival, and the Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise.

“Winter is truly a magical time in the Hills, as visitors have the chance to immerse themselves in a spectacular winter wonderland,” said Hocking Hills Tourism Association Executive Director Karen Raymore. “Travelers can enjoy even more fun by experiencing the Winter Hike, the Frozen Festival and the Comfort Food Cruise.”

Join thousands of other hikers for the Hocking Hills Winter Hike on January 20. The six-mile trek will start at Old Man’s Cave at 9 a.m. and end at Ash Cave. Hikers can admire the frozen waterfalls and beautiful rock formations as they go.

Halfway through the hike, stop off at Cedar Falls and enjoy complimentary hot bean soup. Once the hike is over, you can hop on the shuttle back to the Old Man’s Cave parking lot.

Pro tip: It’s winter, so please dress appropriately. Hikers should wear warm, layered clothing and good traction footwear.

After the hike, head to the third annual Frozen Festival. There will be over two dozen dazzling ice sculptures, ice carving demos, live music, food trucks, local vendors, and more.

Don’t forget to bring a camera, because the festival will have a giant ice photo frame and an ice throne– Can you imagine the selfies?

January 13-14, 20-21, and 26-27 will bring the Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise to the region. The cruise includes several stops where guests can try hefty samples of popular comfort foods, including chicken and noodles, biscuits and gravy, meatloaf, pumpkin bread pudding and more.

Tickets for the Comfort Food Cruise are $18 and you can buy them online or at the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center.