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Hocking Hills State Park

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

As a writer and photographer with extensive travel experience, I have come to appreciate the hidden allure of my hometown, Ashland, Kentucky. Initially, I viewed Ashland as just another urban area, notable more for its commercial and industrial aspects than for its scenic or cultural offerings. However, after visiting many other places across the country, I now see Ashland in a new light, charmed by its revitalized urban heart and its commitment to preserving its unique character.

Dolly Sods

On an autumn journey to Dolly Sods, I was joined by two fellow photographers, Jason Furda and Daniel Thompson, each of us eager to capture the essence of this untouched wilderness. Located in the heart of the Monongahela National Forest, the Dolly Sods is a vast landscape that stretches across the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia. Its unique position atop the highest elevation plateau east of the Mississippi River offers panoramic views that seem painted by nature's finest brushstrokes.