COLUMBUS, OH – Hocking State Forest will host the annual Hocking State Forest Fall Color Tour on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring the fall color and beauty of Hocking State Forest. A new opportunity this year will be hiking a recently-constructed trail through the state forest. The event is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Fall is a very popular time to explore the Hocking Hills region, and this event will feature opportunities to learn more about our forestry and wildlife stewardship that helps keep the Hocking State Forest healthy and productive for the many ecological and economic benefits forests provide.
The tours begin at the historic Hocking State Forest Cabin, located at 19275 State Route 374, Rockbridge 43149. The event is free, and parking is provided.
The event will feature forestry displays, bean soup and cornbread, equipment demonstrations and free wagon tours. The wagon tours meander through the state forest and highlight tree identification, natural oak regeneration, forest practices to encourage healthy tree growth, methods to improve wildlife habitat, tips for woodland owners, efforts to protect the Hocking region’s hemlock trees from the hemlock woolly adelgid, invasive plant control and much more.
The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov. Follow us on Instagram at @odnrforestry (instagram.com/odnrforestry). ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.