From art to adventure, Ohio’s Hocking Hills boasts cornucopia of fun fall events

timberworksHOCKING HILLS, OHIO — With autumn officially in full swing, it’s the ideal time for travelers to visit one of the Midwest’s most spectacular fall destinations: Ohio’s Hocking Hills. Not only is the area’s richly forested landscape painted like a dazzling work of art, but a host of other unforgettable arts, music and outdoor experiences await visitors.

Hocking College is hosting Appalachian Outdoor Adventure, featuring archery, pistol and rifle shooting, equestrian events and live music and entertainment, including the Stihl Timberworks Lumberjack Show — a truly grand spectacle featuring axe throwing, wood chopping, log rolling and chainsaw carving. Presented by Rocky Brands, the Adventure takes place Hocking College campus during peak time for fall foliage and is ideal for the whole family. An outdoor culinary cook-off, biking events and the Appalachian Triathlon and Hocking Mud Run, presented by OhioHealth, offers healthy competition. The Appalachian Outdoor Adventure takes place Oct. 9 beginning at 3 p.m. and Oct. 10 beginning 9 a.m. Admission is $10. Details at AppalachianOutdoor.org.

The Fall Campout at Duck Creek lends itself to a collective camping trip mixed with a casual music festival, all set against the beauty of the Hocking Hills. Back for its fourth year, the festival showcases eight musical artists, including: Henhouse Prowlers; Hocking River String Band; The Brummy Brothers; Repeating Arms; The Mamadrones; The Goldsberrys & Friends; Camp and Whiskey Bent Valley Boys. Everyone is invited to kick off their boots and relax or dance by the campfire during this country campout. Parking is $10 per vehicle. Both weekend and daily passes are available and prices vary based on camping amenities.  Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, and 10 a.m. on Oct. 10.  Visit duckcreekoutdoors.com for more information.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, visitors can help fight hunger while enjoying locally made soup and taking home an artisan-crafted pottery bowl. The annual United Way Empty Bowls Soup Lunch features handmade bowls donated by local artists. Guests select their favorite, fill it with their choice of soup, enjoying desserts and beverages and live entertainment for a $10 donation.  All proceeds help support the United Way of Hocking County and the Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Regional Food Center. Empty Bowls takes place at Central Elementary School in Logan.

With Random Acts of Art the region’s creative minds of all ages and artists of all media share, perform, inspire and create. Piano Works studio, in charming downtown Logan, will be adorned edge to edge with art of all kinds. Musicians are invited to perform on the porch and indoors and travelers are welcome join in group singing, dance, play and other creative pursuits. Art supplies will be available for on-site pop-up creations, or guests can bring their own. Random Acts of Art will be ongoing daily, Noon – 6 p.m., Oct. 1–31. Information is available by calling Piano Works, (740) 380-6683.

Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, Hocking Hills offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of Admission: FREE activities. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns.  In addition to hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills is the zipline capital of the Midwest, with 50 ziplines being offered via three distinct guide services.  Unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas and more add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. Complete traveler information is available www.ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

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