Pink lady slipper (Cypripedium acaule)

Nestled within the vast Hocking State Forest lies the tranquil Big Spring Hollow area, a nature lover’s delight waiting to be explored. While the main draw is the towering 120-foot Big Spring Hollow Falls, reportedly one of the tallest in the state, this hidden gem offers much more than just a breathtaking cascade.

The hike to the falls is a pleasant 10-minute jaunt along an informal path that branches off from the Buckeye Trail at the Big Pine Creek crossing. Even if the waterfall is reduced to a mere trickle after dry spells, the journey is worth the effort for the beautiful surroundings alone.

Big Spring Hollow is part of a 99-acre region dedicated to rock climbing and rappelling, with a network of rugged trails winding through the area, including the Buckeye Trail that bisects the area. But nature’s true showstopper is the stunning array of spring wildflowers that carpeted the hollow’s floor. As you meander along the path, watch for the delicate Pink lady slipper, the vibrant Canada violet, the striking Red trillium, the humble Marsh blue violet, and the dainty Spring beauty.

Whether you’re seeking a tranquil escape or an adventure amidst nature’s grandeur, Big Spring Hollow promises an unforgettable experience. Pack your hiking gear, camera, and a sense of wonder, and embark on a journey through this hidden gem of the Hocking State Forest.

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