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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

On my recent journey through the scenic Hocking Hills region in southeast Ohio, I paused to photograph a sight that has become a cultural landmark: a Bicentennial Barn, standing proudly along the roadsides across the state. These barns serve as a poignant tribute to Ohio’s history and rich agricultural legacy.

Plum Run Prairie Preserve

Ah, the forgotten dance of the Ohio prairies – a mesmerizing waltz of resilience and vulnerability, preservation and destruction. Nestled within the verdant bounds of Adams County lies the Plum Run Prairie Preserve, a living testament to nature's cyclical ballet. The 140-acre oasis stands as a rare fragment of Ohio's primordial landscape, a piece of history imbued with ecological grandeur and fragility.

Hocking Hills is one of my favorite go-to places in Ohio because of its landform dominated by caves, cliffs, rock shelters, and waterfalls. On my most recent trip, I turned my photographic focus to its diverse springtime wildflowers at Ash Cave, around the western shores of Rose Lake, along a tributary of East Fork of Queer Creek, and within the sheltered canyon at Conkles Hollow.