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My fiance and I took our first trip to the Hocking Hills today and checked out a bunch of the areas contained therein.  I must say I was absolutely amazed at how cool this place was.  :clap: I enjoyed everything I saw there so much that I can't decide what my favorite part was.  So, I'm curious to see what all of your opinions are... tell me what your favorite area is!

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The most interesting is Conkle's Hollow (that secluded waterfall area is amazing).  Though I still am a sucker for Old Man's Cave.

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last time i was there, i fell right in devils bathtub (close to old mans cave.)  if anyones familiar with the tub, you know how impossible it was for me to get out lol. 

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We used to rent a cabin at Hocking Hills every summer when I was a kid.  We crammed 2 parents and 6 kids into one of those 2 bedroom cabins!  And we all piled into a station wagon to get there.  We were so broke...but we loved it.  I remember swimming in the Devil's Bathtub, it was awesome, but don't do it when the rangers are around...

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Levee proposal opposed

Mining plan raises fears of Hocking River floods

Monday,  July 2, 2007 3:26 AM

By Mary Beth Lane

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Hundreds of people who live in the Hocking Hills or visit the popular region have signed petitions against expansion of gravel mining along the Hocking River.  They are fighting a plan by Mar-Zane Materials Inc. to extend its gravel-mining operation near the little community of Enterprise from 4 acres to 183.5 acres.

 

Now, the disclosure that the company plans to build a mile-long earthen levee along the river is prompting fresh outrage and predictions that it will worsen flooding in a flood-prone area.  The dike is proposed in a revised application for an amended mining permit that the company submitted to the state in May.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/content/local_news/stories/2007/07/02/nomine.ART_ART_07-02-07_B1_U376AE2.html

 

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  "I appeal to any white man to say, if ever he entered Logan's cabin hungry, and he gave him not meat; if ever he came cold and naked, and he clothed him not.

 

  During the course of the last long and bloody war, Logan remained idle in his cabin, an advocate for peace. Such was my love for the whites, that my countrymen pointed as they passed, and said, Logan is the friend of the white men.

 

    I have even thought to live with you but for the injuries of one man. Col. Cresap, the last spring, in cold blood, and unprovoked, murdered all the relations of Logan, not sparing even my women and children. There runs not a drop of my blood in the veins of any living creature. This has called on me for revenge. I have sought it: I have killed many: I have fully glutted my vengeance.

 

    For my country, I rejoice at the beams of peace. But do not harbour a thought that mine is the joy of fear. Logan never felt fear. He will not turn on his heel to save his life. Who is there to mourn for Logan? Not one."

 

 

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  "I appeal to any white man to say, if ever he entered Logan's cabin hungry, and he gave him not meat; if ever he came cold and naked, and he clothed him not.

 

  During the course of the last long and bloody war, Logan remained idle in his cabin, an advocate for peace. Such was my love for the whites, that my countrymen pointed as they passed, and said, Logan is the friend of the white men.

 

Lots of my friends are direct decedents of Chief Logan and carry this same attitude 200 years later. There are many, many American Indians in the Columbus/Chillicothe/Zanesville triangle. Actually, a lot of them are "Synthetic Mexicans" in that they are a combination of Spaniards and American Indians. This is a cultural phenomenon unique to the area.

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Slow process of revitalizing Logan's historic downtown finally bearing fruit for Hocking Hills community

Sunday,  April 25, 2010 - 2:56 AM

By Mary Beth Lane

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

LOGAN, Ohio - A recently established nonprofit group plans to start raising money to buy and restore the historic Logan Theater building downtown.  Volunteers with Logan in Bloom, the annual gardening display and competition, are poised to plant flowers in more than 100 pots and hanging baskets lining the Main Street business district next month.  And Logan residents are awaiting word on whether their downtown historic district will be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

As with Lancaster in Fairfield County, Marysville in Union County and other smaller cities in rural areas trying to preserve and revive their historic downtowns, recent revitalization efforts in this community in the Hocking Hills have been an incremental and uneven trudge forward.

 

Full article: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/04/25/logan-anew.html?sid=101

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The Hocking College Energy Institute was one of the award winners at last week's Columbus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects 2011 Design Awards.  The 12,200 square-foot renewable energy & fuel cell technology classroom building was completed in 2009.  It is the new flagship building for Hocking College’s Advanced Energy & Vehicle Hybrid Technology Program, which includes curriculum spaces for vehicular hybrid, fuel cell and photovoltaic cells technologies.

 

Sustainable features include 21 kW of building-integrated PV, vegetated roof, solar thermal system, passive solar design and daylight harvesting that reduces annual energy costs by 50%.  The Hocking College Energy Institute became the first higher education building in Ohio to achieve LEED-Platinum status.

 

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MORE AT COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/aia-columbus-announces-winners-of-2011-design-awards

 

MORE PHOTOS AND PROJECT INFO AT DESIGN GROUP:  http://designgroup.us.com/work/education/energy-institute

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Hocking Hills State Park to get renovated cabins, other upgrades

By Mary Beth Lane, The Columbus Dispatch   

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 4:41 AM

 

LOGAN, Ohio — A complete renovation of the 40 cabins at Hocking Hills State Park is among the improvements planned there over the next two years.

 

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer announced plans yesterday to spend about $8.3 million on capital improvements at the popular park, which draws more than 1 million visitors annually.  Besides the cabin renovations, the improvements will include:

  • Adding more full-service hookup campsites to accommodate larger recreational vehicles.

  • Installing new playground equipment at the campground.

  • Upgrading the restrooms at the Old Man’s Cave welcome center and at Ash Cave.

  • Replacing the dining-lodge roof, improving the exterior and renovating the outdoor pool near the dining lodge.

  • Adding trail signs.

  • Posting interpretative signs to tell the story of the geology, cultural history and wildlife of Hocking Hills State Park.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/10/22/Hocking-Hills-upgrades-announced.html

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Hocking Hills State Park getting upgrades of cabins, campgrounds

By Mary Beth Lane, The Columbus Dispatch

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 6:07 AM

 

LOGAN, Ohio — Workers at Hocking Hills State Park are stopping short of adding hot tubs, but they are renovating cabins built in 1972 to meet 21st century expectations.  Dark paneling is being stripped for freshly painted walls, and old flooring is being ripped up, to be replaced by ceramic tile and carpeting.  Flat-screen televisions and new furnishings are being added, including Adirondack chairs and picture frames made by state carpenters using native hardwoods.  Insulation, updated heating and cooling systems and new windows also are being added to the 40 cabins.

 

The work is part of $8.3 million in capital improvements that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is making at the popular park, which draws more than 1 million visitors annually.

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In addition to renovating the two-bedroom cottages tucked among the woods at Hocking Hills State Park, workers are upgrading 46 campsites with full-service hookups — including electricity, water and sewer service — to accommodate larger recreational vehicles. ... Workers also are preparing to replace the Hocking Hills dining lodge's leaking cedar-shake roof with one made of a polymer composite material.  The new roof will resemble the cedar-shake roof but should last about 50 years.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/02/01/hocking-hills-state-park-getting-upgrades-of-cabins-campgrounds.html

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^Good news. I am glad to see the state addressing deferred maintenance in the state park system.

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Residents OK fee to rebuild Hide-A-Way Hills dam

By Mary Beth Lane, The Columbus Dispatch

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 6:26 AM

 

SUGAR GROVE, Ohio — Work to rebuild the dam at the private resort community Hide-A-Way Hills is expected to begin this month after residents approved an assessment of $3,950 per household to pay for it.

 

Eighty-five percent of voters in the gated community straddling Fairfield and Hocking counties approved the fee in April.  That shows how eager most residents are to reclaim full use of their 100-acre Lake of the Four Seasons — expected next year — once the dam is rebuilt and secured.

 

Rebuilding Hide-A-Way Hills’ 1,100-foot earthen dam coincides with the project to rebuild the 4.1-mile Buckeye Lake dam but is far simpler, less costly and privately funded.  The Hide-A-Way Hills dam was built when the rustic community was developed in the 1960s.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/05/02/residents-ok-paying-to-rebuild-hide-a-way-hills-dam.html

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Supporters raising money for John Glenn Astronomy Park in one of Ohio's last dark spots

 

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Construction starts this spring on an observatory in Hocking Hills State Park named for the late astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, as organizers keep raising the second half of a $1.6 million goal.

 

John Glenn Astronomy Park will feature an enclosed 540-square-foot observatory with a retractable roof, with one large and several smaller telescopes. For daytime visitors, there'll be a Solar Plaza 18 feet across, encircled by a wall with notches that will frame the sun's movement on key days like a solstice or equinox.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/12/29/supporters-raising-money-for-john-glenn-astronomy.html

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New use sought for closed state prison in Hocking County

By Mary Beth Lane, The Columbus Dispatch

Updated: March 24, 2018 at 4:48 PM

 

The three-story brick building that has occupied a forested hilltop since 1955 has been a tuberculosis hospital, a children’s home and, most recently, a state prison for older inmates.

 

What comes next for the recently closed Hocking Correctional Institution isn’t yet known, but ideas are circulating as southeastern Ohio community leaders exchange views about how to preserve and repurpose the building for one or more uses.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180316/new-use-sought-for-closed-state-prison-in-hocking-county

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Starting soon: $10 shuttle from downtown Logan to Hocking Hills State Park

 

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Love visiting Hocking Hills State Park but hate the hassle of driving and finding a parking spot? Starting May 26, Hocking Hills will offer a shuttle for visitors on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

It starts at Homegrown on Main, at 44 E. Main St. in downtown Logan, with shuttles leaving about every 30 minutes to drop visitors off at the Old Man’s Cave campground office. The service will run through Oct. 28.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/05/17/starting-soon-10-shuttle-from-downtownlogan-to.html

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John Glenn Astronomy Park Opens for the Summer Solstice

 

Tonight, at the end of the longest day of the year, a new public space to watch the heavens will open in Hocking Hills. The grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for the John Glenn Astronomy Park will start at 6:30 p.m. this evening with music, a skydiver and, of course, telescopes pointed up at the moon and the planet Jupiter.

 

Local and state luminaries including Julianne Burroughs, board president for Friends of Hocking Hills State Park, Dr. Janet Kavandi, former astronaut and current director of the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, and Brad Hoehne, director of the John Glenn Astronomy Park, will be present to celebrate the Summer Solstice at the new observatory that’s been more than a decade in the making.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/john-glenn-astronomy-park-opens-for-the-summer-solstice-jb1

 

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