An Event RSS Feed by
Apr 6 (Fri)

Friday Fishing - Lake Hope

6:00 - 8:00 pm. Join the naturalist for an evening of free fishing fun. Poles and bait are provided. Ages 16+ must present a valid fishing license. Meet at the Lake Hope dam. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 7 (Sat)

Early Bloomers - Burr Oak

2:00 pm We will search a woodland trail for early blooming spring wildflowers peeking up from the forest floor. Meet at the nature center for this 1.5 mile hike.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 7 (Sat)

Birds of a Feather - Burr Oak

9:00 am Join the naturalist for one of natures most exciting annual events — the spring migration of birds. Bring your binoculars, or borrow a pair from the naturalist, and -flock together- to search for these world travelers. Meet at the lodge.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 7 (Sat)

Ridgetops and Hollers

9:00 am. Ever wonder about the difference between a ridgetop and a holler? Join the naturalist at Ash Cave parking area to find out.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Ash Cave, State Route 56, South Bloomingville Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Apr 7 (Sat)

Birds and Blooms - Burr Oak

Saturdays in April Come celebrate spring and the annual display of wildflowers and the arrival of migratory birds. We will hike a variety of trails throughout the park to appreciate these plant and avian beauties. Visit us at the Nature Center.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 7 (Sat)

Wetland Wade - Lake Hope

10:00 am. Explore what creatures live in a wetland and how important their role is in the ecosystem. Wear rain boots. Some nets and buckets provided. Meet at the Hope Furnace. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 12 (Thu)

Anna and Elizabeth

8:00 pm Floor: $22/advance $25/door Balcony: $19/advance $22/door Box Seats: $27/advance $30/door Anna and Elizabeth has appeared on stages across the world, including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Brighton Festival, Newport Folk Festival, National Sawdust, Atlanta Museum of Modern Art, Old Town School of Folk Music, Brooklyn Folk Fest; intimate theaters across the U.S., U.K. & Europe; and fellowships to develop their work at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Centrum. They have released two acclaimed full-length albums–Sun to Sun (2012) and Anna and Elizabeth (2015). Their show is like no other. Through their immersive creative process and bold interpretations, Anna and Elizabeths visionary partnership pioneers new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences. Since 2011, with a deep and shared love of old Appalachian music, they stand at the vanguard of tradition and the avant-garde, transforming traditional music with innovative, modern arrangements. Their captivating performance integrates visual art, movement and experimental film with breathtaking harmonies.

Cost: $19-30 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Location: 52 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Apr 13 (Fri)

Conkle's Creep

10:00 am Conkle s Hollow State Nature Preserve is one of the most unique locations in the Hocking Hills. Join the naturalist for a short hike to find out why. Meet in the parking area. No pets allowed in the nature preserve please.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Conkle's Hollow Nature Preserve, 24858 Big Pine Road, Rockbridge Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 18 miles
Apr 13 (Fri)

Archery for Beginners - Burr Oak

3:00 - 5:00 pm. All of the equipment will be provided for you to try your hand at archery. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the lodge shelter house.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 13 (Fri)

Friday Fishing - Lake Hope

6:00 - 8:00 pm. Join the naturalist for an evening of free fishing fun. Poles and bait are provided. Ages 16+ must present a valid fishing license. Meet at the Lake Hope dam. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 13 (Fri)

Bob Boilen of NPR Music Presents

8:00 pm Stuarts Opera House welcomes NPR Musics Bob Boilen for a special showcase of music featuring Valerie June, Julie Byrne, and River Whyless. This show is presented in collaboration with The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication, in partnership with the Ohio University Performing Arts & Concert Series, the School of Media Arts & Studies, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, WOUB Public Media, and Arts for OHIO. Boilen, host of NPRs “All Songs Considered” and the creator and host of NPRs “Tiny Desk Concerts,” will curate the evening, which will feature short interview segments with each performer. Valerie June knows a thing or two about turning hopes and dreams into realities. With Pushin Against A Stone, she went from self-releasing her music as Tennessees best kept secret to being hailed by the New York Times as one of Americas -most intriguing, fully formed new talents.- The New Yorker was captivated by her -unique, stunning voice,- while Rolling Stone dubbed her -unstoppable,- and NPR called her -an elemental talent born with the ability to rearrange the clouds themselves.- Julie Byrnes second album, Not Even Happiness, has evolved at its own pace. It spans recollections of bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, and the irresolvable mysteries of love. Her new album vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road, and in doing so, Byrne exhibits her extraordinarily innate musicality. Asheville, North Carolinas River Whyless is a band much like that titular body of water – a mingling of currents, a flow of time and physical space, all brought together in a murmuring sense of purpose. It is the expression of a group of musicians, three of which are songwriters, who have played together in various forms since their college days in the North Carolina mountains. Their forthcoming EP, their first release since their 2012 debut album, is the next evolution of the bands collective voice. Composed of Ryan O’Keefe (guitars, vocals), Halli Anderson (violin, vocals), Alex McWalters (drums, percussion) and Daniel Shearin (bass, vocals, harmonium, cello, banjo).

Cost: $15 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Location: 52 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Apr 14 (Sat)

Historic Lantern Tour of Ash Cave

8:00 pm. The mystery of Ash Cave is special, as far back as the last Ice Age and beyond. Join the naturalist in the parking lot area to explore Ash Cave by lantern light and learn about this special history first hand. We supply the lights you supply the imagination. No pets please at the lantern tour.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Ash Cave, State Route 56, South Bloomingville Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Apr 14 (Sat)

Wildflower Walk - Lake Hope

10:00 am. Discover what blooms are emerging from the forest floor. Less than 1 mile. Meet at Hope School House to caravan to the Moonville Tunnel. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 14 (Sat)

Blooming Beauties - Burr Oak

2:00 pm By now the spring wildflowers should be giving us a showy display. Join the naturalist for a 2-mile hike to identify and enjoy woodland wildflowers. Meet at the Tom Jenkins Dam.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 14 (Sat)

Birds and Blooms - Burr Oak

Saturdays in April Come celebrate spring and the annual display of wildflowers and the arrival of migratory birds. We will hike a variety of trails throughout the park to appreciate these plant and avian beauties. Visit us at the Nature Center.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 14 (Sat)

Earth Day Bird Walk - Burr Oak

9:00 am Celebrate Earth Day by looking closely at some of Earths beautiful creatures. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the naturalist. Meet at the Nature Center.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 15 (Sun)

Archery - Lake Hope

1:00 - 3:00 pm. Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow or perfect your skills. Meet at the Archery Range near the shelter house. Equipment provided. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 18 (Wed)
Apr 19 (Thu)

Indigo Girls

8:00 pm Both Nights Floor Seats: $68/advance $73/door Balcony Seats: $58/advance $63/door Box Seats: $78/advance $83/door Presented in collaboration with Ohio University Performing Arts and Concert Series. Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy and Emily are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.

Cost: Sold Out

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Location: 52 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Apr 20 (Fri)

Friday Fishing - Lake Hope

6:00 - 8:00 pm. Join the naturalist for an evening of free fishing fun. Poles and bait are provided. Ages 16+ must present a valid fishing license. Meet at the Lake Hope dam. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 20 (Fri)

Archery for Beginners - Burr Oak

3:00 - 5:00 pm. All of the equipment will be provided for you to try your hand at archery. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the lodge shelter house.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 21 (Sat)

Wildflowers and Waterfalls Hike

10:00 am. Join us for a celebration of spring in the Hocking Hills. Observe nature's carpet of wildflowers and sparkling waterfalls in beautiful Hocking Hills. Meet at the parking lot at Ash Cave.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6842

Location: Ash Cave, State Route 56, South Bloomingville Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Apr 21 (Sat)

Wildflower Driving Tour - Lake Hope

10:00 am. Join the naturalist for a driving tour along Raccoon Creek to identify wildflowers and discuss folklore. Stop along the way for some up-close looks at springs beauties. Meet below the Lake Hope dam. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 21 (Sat)

Earth Day Wildflower Walk - Burr Oak

2:00 pm Celebrate Earth Day with a walk to enjoy springs showy display of wildflowers. Meet at the boat ramp / Ravine Trail near the lodge for this 1.5-mile hike.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 21 (Sat)

Spring Wildflower Hike

1:00 - 3:00 pm The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Department of Natural Areas and Preserves will be hosting a spring wildflower hike at Boch Hollow. during the program we will search for, identify, and discuss the wonders of spring. the trail is strenuous. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring water. We will meet at the north trail head on Beach Camp Road approximately 1 mile east of 664.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, Phone: 740-380-8918

Location: Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve, 7211 Bremen Road, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 14 miles
Apr 21 (Sat)

Trillium Festival at Mathias Grove

10:00 am - 2:30 pm The time is here when the foothills of Appalachia come to life with the beauty of the great white trillium our state wild flower. 10:00 am - Morning Hike 12:30 pm - Pot Luck - Bring a covered dish to share. Table service, drinks and ice cream will be provided. 1:30 pm - Afternoon Hike 2:30 pm - Garlic Mustard Frolic and Demonstration Site Cleanup.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Appalachia Ohio Alliance, Phone: 334-399-2345

Location: Mathias Grove, 25779 Bailey Road, Rockbridge Ohio (740-380-0227)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 19 miles
Apr 21 (Sat)

Reptile Rampage

2:00 pm What makes a reptile a reptile... what is cold blooded... who lives around here... For the answer to these and other questions join the naturalist at the naturalists cabin located behind the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6842

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio (740-385-6841)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Apr 21 (Sat)

Birds and Blooms - Burr Oak

Saturdays in April Come celebrate spring and the annual display of wildflowers and the arrival of migratory birds. We will hike a variety of trails throughout the park to appreciate these plant and avian beauties. Visit us at the Nature Center.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 24 (Tue)

Big Hike at Boch Hollow

9:30 am - 12:30 pm Join us for a 4-mile hike through a wide variety of habitats as we seek out signs of spring. Along the trail we will look for spring ephemeral wildflowers and other new arrivals of the season. The trail is strenuous. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring water. We will meet at the north trail head on Beach Camp Rd, approximately 1 mile east of 664.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, Phone: 740-380-8918

Location: Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve, 7211 Bremen Road, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 14 miles
Apr 27 (Fri)

Reptiles R Us - Burr Oak

3:30 - 4:30 pm Take a reptile quiz to test your reptile IQ and meet a special guest. Ongoing in the Lodge Lobby.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 27 (Fri)

Friday Fishing - Lake Hope

6:00 - 8:00 pm. Join the naturalist for an evening of free fishing fun. Poles and bait are provided. Ages 16+ must present a valid fishing license. Meet at the Lake Hope dam. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 27 (Fri)

Nearly Full Moon Hike - Burr Oak

8:30 pm The full moon of April is known as the -Pink Moon- but do not think it will turn pink. Find out the reason for the name while enjoying the trail at night on this 1.5-mile hike. Wear sturdy hiking boots / shoes. Meet at the Lodge.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 27 (Fri)

The Wonders of Old Man's Cave

10:00 am. Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found through the park.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Apr 28 (Sat)

Blooming Beauties - Burr Oak

2:00 pm Join the naturalist for a 1.5-mile hike to enjoy the blooming of our woodland spring wildflowers. Meet at the nature center.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 28 (Sat)

Spring Birding - Lake Hope

9:00 am. Search for feathered migrants on this leisurely walk through the camp ground. Some binoculars provided. Meet at the Nature Center. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 28 (Sat)

Birds and Blooms - Burr Oak

Saturdays in April Come celebrate spring and the annual display of wildflowers and the arrival of migratory birds. We will hike a variety of trails throughout the park to appreciate these plant and avian beauties. Visit us at the Nature Center.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 28 (Sat)

Cedar Falls Stroll

9:00 am. Join the naturalist and explore Cedar Falls. You will discover the natural and cultural history of this area of the park. Meet at the trail head.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Cedar Falls, State Route 374, South Bloomingville Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 16 miles
Apr 28 (Sat)

Hocking College Foundation Spring Gala

6:00 - 9:00 pm VIP Hour at 5:00 pm Hocking College Foundations 2nd Annual spring Gala is a night of art, music and fine dining to raise money for the Hocking College General Scholarship. Join us as we feature the students and faculty of the Hocking College Art, Design and Marketing, Music Management and Culinary Arts academic programs. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase student artwork, bid on silent auction items and taste the amazing culinary spread from Chef Alfonso.

Cost: Call for Info

Contact: Hocking College, Phone: 740-753-3531

Location: 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-3591)

In Town
Apr 29 (Sun)

Full Moon Hike - Lake Hope

8:00 pm. Enjoy a 3-mile hike illuminated by the moon. Meet at the shelter house. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Apr 29 (Sun)

Archery - Lake Hope

4:00 - 6:00 pm. Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow or perfect your skills. Meet at the Archery Range across the road from the shelter house. Equipment provided. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
May 3 (Thu)
May 4 (Fri)
May 5 (Sat)
May 6 (Sun)

Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival

5-11 pm Thu, 11am-11pm Fri/Sat 12-5 pm Sun. Watch the downtown streets of McArthur come alive with food, music and fun for the whole family. Activities such as Great nightly entertainment on the sound stage, carnival rides and games, car show, quilt show, queens and baby contests. Grand parade will be Saturday, at 600 p.m., followed by the crowning of the Wild Turkey Festival Queen. Come join us.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Vinton County CVB, Phone: 740-591-1118

Location: 104 W. Main St., McArthur Ohio (740-596-5033)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 19 miles
May 5 (Sat)

Youth Fishing Tournament - Lake Hope

9:00 - 11:00 am. Ages 16 and under. Adults must be present with each child. Trophy presentation and cookout afterwards. Bring your own pole and bait, but some will be provided. Meet at Lake Hope Dam. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Special Hours in May are: Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
May 6 (Sun)

Late Bloomers - Lake Hope

1:00 pm. Search for flowers blooming on this leisurely walk. Meet at the Hope School House. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Special Hours in May are: Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
May 11 (Fri)

Friday Fishing - Lake Hope

6:00 - 8:00 pm. Join the naturalist for an evening of free fishing fun. Poles and bait are provided. Ages 16+ must present a valid fishing license. Meet at the Lake Hope dam. Lake Hope Nature Center Hours: Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Sundays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Special Hours: Friday, May 25, 2:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday, May 27, 1:00 - 7:00 pm Monday May 28, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
May 12 (Sat)
May 13 (Sun)

Pre-Season Trains - beat the rush

1:00 pm Saturday and Sunday Hop aboard a vintage train for a trip through history. Departing at 1:00 pm from Nelsonville, this train operates over former Hocking Valley Railway track to East Logan and return. The trip in its entirety will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. It is the same route to and from East Logan; the train simply reverses direction by moving the locomotive to the other end of the train. Along the way, you will pass by the remains of Hocking Canal Lock No. 19 and Haydenville, Ohios last company town. You will also get a glimpse of the current industry in the Valley including gravel mining operations and a lumber facility. On-board narration will provide a history of the area and railroad. You may bring soft drinks and food aboard. No restrooms on the train (available in the depot). There is a wheelchair lift available at the depot as needed. Duration of ride: Approximately one hour and thirty minutes

Cost: $12-17 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
May 16 (Wed)

The Devil Makes Three

8:00 pm Floor Seats: $33/advance $38/door Balcony Seats: $28/advance $33/door Box Seats: $38/advance $43/door --Theres a road that goes out of every town. All youve got to do is get on it,-- Pete Bernhard says. The guitarist / singer and his cohorts in the raw and raucous trio The Devil Makes Three have found their way onto that road numerous times since they first left their picaresque rural hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont. Back then, they had no idea it would lead them to such auspicious destinations as the Newport Folk and Austin City Limits Festivals, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, and on tours with Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and Trampled By Turtles. Along the way, they drew numerous accolades from a growing fan base and press alike. TDM3s travels and travails serve as inspiration for their fourth album and their New West Records debut, Im a Stranger Here, produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Dan Auerbachs (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound in Nashville.

Cost: $28-43 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Location: 52 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
May 17 (Thu)

The Bobcat, an Ohio Native - Lake Hope

6:30 pm. Learn all about Ohios native feline from researcher Cheryl Mollohan. Meet at the Dining Lodge. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Special Hours in May are: Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
May 18 (Fri)
May 19 (Sat)

Heroes Weekend

5:00pm Meet and greet 6:00pm Ceremony Military, Fireman, Police and Emergency Responders are our Heros. On this weekend our heros get a 50% discount for a two night stay camping, cabin or river trip (limit one campsite, cabin, or river trip per hero family, ID required for discount). Join us in the Family Fun Center field on Saturday at 5:00pm to meet and greet our heroes. A ceremony to honor our heroes will be held at 6:00pm. Corn hole, horseshoes, kickball, hey-hey-hey rides and more.

Cost: Free to all campers

Contact: Hocking Hills Adventures, Phone: 740-385-8685

Location: 31251 Chieftain Drive, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 13 miles
May 19 (Sat)

Highs and Lows Hike - Lake Hope

10:00 am. Test yourself on a moderately strenuous 3-mile hike featuring ridgelines and valleys. Elevation change of nearly 300 feet. Bring water. Meet at Oak Point on Cabin Ridge Road. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Special Hours in May are: Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
May 20 (Sun)

Archery - Lake Hope

1:00 - 3:00 pm. Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow or perfect your skills. Meet at the Archery Range across the road from the shelter house. Equipment provided. Nature Center Hours: Saturdays, 1-4pm Sundays, 9am-12pm Special Hours: Friday May 25, 2-5pm Sunday, May 27, 1-7pm Monday May 28, 10am-4pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
May 24 (Thu)
May 25 (Fri)
May 26 (Sat)
May 27 (Sun)
May 28 (Mon)

Moonshine Festival

600 pm on Thu/Fri and 1200 pm on Sat/Sun/Mon. Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, the festival features a variety of events including a working Moonshine Still Display, local history museum, flea market vendors, moonshine burgers, moonshine pie, moonshine doggies, carnival rides and games, free entertainment including Grand Ole Opry Show on Sunday, good food, souvenirs, talent show, Cruise-In, and 2 parades concluding with the Grand Parade on Memorial Day.

Cost: Free Events

Contact: Moonshine Festival, Phone: 740-394-2838

Location: 1 Main Street, New Straitsville Ohio (740-394-2239)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 8 miles
May 25 (Fri)

Friday Fishing - Lake Hope

6:00 - 8:00 pm. Join the naturalist for an evening of free fishing fun. Poles and bait are provided. Ages 16+ must present a valid fishing license. Meet at the Lake Hope dam. Lake Hope Nature Center Hours: Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Sundays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Special Hours: Friday, May 25, 2:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday, May 27, 1:00 - 7:00 pm Monday May 28, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
May 26 (Sat)

Gone Creekin - Lake Hope

10:00 am. Discover what lives in the waters between Lake Hope and Raccoon Creek. Meet at Lake Hope Dam. Prepare to get wet! Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Special Hours in May are: Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
May 26 (Sat)
thru
Oct 27 (Sat)

12:00 Noon to Haydenville Train Ride

12:00 - 1:30 pm Our Noon train to Haydenville is the shortest trip of our trains. It operates every Saturday and Sunday between Memorial Day weekend and the last full weekend of October. The train departs the Nelsonville Depot for a round-trip ride along the historic Hocking River Valley. Sights along the ride include one of the remaining Hocking Canal locks and the Hocking River.

Cost: $10-13 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
May 26 (Sat)
thru
Oct 27 (Sat)

2:30 PM to East Logan Train Ride

2:30 pm Take a narrated train ride through the historic Hocking River Valley to East Logan, passing through Haydenville, Ohios last company town. The East Logan train runs the entire length of our track, and is, as a result, the longer train of our regular weekend trains. It operates round-trip from the Nelsonville Depot to East Logan, lasting approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. It is the same route to and from East Logan; the train simply reverses direction by moving the locomotive to the other end of the train. Along the way, you will pass by the remains of Hocking Canal Lock No. 19 and Haydenville, Ohios last company town. You will also get a glimpse of the current industry in the Valley including gravel mining operations and a lumber facility. On-board narration will provide a history of the area and railroad. You may bring soft drinks and food aboard. No restrooms on the train (available in the depot). There is a wheelchair lift available at the depot as needed. Duration of ride: Approximately 2 hours

Cost: $12-17 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
May 27 (Sun)

Scavenger Hunt - Lake Hope

10:00 am. You may start any time during open hours, but must be completed before 4:00 pm to qualify for a prize. Pick one up at the Nature Center. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Special Hours in May are: Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
May 27 (Sun)

Full Moon Hike - Lake Hope

8:00 pm. Enjoy a 3-mile hike illuminated by the light of the beautiful moon. Meet at the Shelter House. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Special Hours in May are: Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
May 27 (Sun)

Early Bird Hungry Hummers - Lake Hope

1:00 - 3:00 pm. Hand-feed hummingbirds at the nature center. We are trying this much earlier in the year than usual to see how it goes. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Special Hours in May are: Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
May 27 (Sun)

Annual Spring Craft Show - Lake Hope

10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Come to the Lake Hope Lodge to pick last minute gifts for Mom from local craft vendors. Enjoy a meal at the lodge before you leave. Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Special Hours in May are: Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Location: 27331 State Route 278, McArthur Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
May 28 (Mon)

Memorial Day Train

1:00 pm Celebrate the Memorial Day with an old-fashioned train ride. One round trip train is scheduled to depart on Memorial Day from the Nelsonville Depot and go to Logan, lasting approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. It is the same route to and from East Logan; the train simply reverses direction by moving the locomotive to the other end of the train. Along the way, you will pass by the remains of Hocking Canal Lock No. 19 and Haydenville, Ohios last company town. You will also get a glimpse of the current industry in the Valley including gravel mining operations and a lumber facility. On-board narration will provide a history of the area and railroad. You may bring soft drinks and food aboard. No restrooms on the train (available in the depot). There is a wheelchair life available at the depot as needed.

Cost: $12-15/person, Military free

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
May 31 (Thu)
Jun 1 (Fri)
Jun 2 (Sat)
Jun 3 (Sun)

Nelsonville Music Festival 2018

SAVE THE DATES. The 14th annual Nelsonville Music Festival takes place at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Presented by Stuarts Opera House, a non-profit historic theater and performing arts center in Nelsonville, NMF features over 60 musical acts in four days on multiple stages plus on-site camping, kids activities, food, a beer garden, artisan vendors, and much more. Billboard has called Nelsonville Music Festival -one of the best kept secrets of the U.S. music festival circuit-, and Andrew Bird said, -It is the perfect size festival. Any bigger and you would lose something.- The Nelsonville Music Festival continues to be one of the best in the region and one of the most unique music festivals in the country. Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, this small and intimate festival continues to gain fans who want a music festival with a more personal experience. Catch live music on multiple stages including a small -no-fi- cabin and a picturesque -porch- stage in addition to our main stage. We take pride in offering a warm, accepting environment where local artisans can sell and be recognized for their work, where local, regional and national musicians instill their awe-inspiring talents and festival goers can relax and enjoy the fruits of our regional flavor. 2017 artists included Ween, they Might Be giants, Emmylou Harris, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, Rodriguez, and many more.

Cost: $30-140 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Location: 52 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Jun 9 (Sat)

Robbery Train

6:00 pm Departure. Adult - $22.00, Child - $18.00, Senior - $20.00 Ride back in time when our train carries a gold shipment only to encounter... bandits on horseback. Kid-friendly and fun for the whole family. Ride back into history when our old-time train carries a -gold- shipment. the robbers are planning an attack with their horses and guns to rob the train of its gold and the passengers of their -play- money. This thrilling trip is fun for the entire family and one of our most popular trains. Train dates: Saturday, June 9, July 7, and August 4, 2018. This round trip train is scheduled for a 6 p.m. departure. Advance reservations are highly recommended for this train, as it typically sells out. Seating is made on a first-come, first-served basis and are not assigned regardless of reservation. No restrooms on the train, but facilities are in the depot. Please plan to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to departure. Duration of ride: Approximately two hours.

Cost: $18-22 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
Jun 14 (Thu)
Jun 15 (Fri)
Jun 16 (Sat)

Washboard Music Festival

6:00 pm Thursday, 6/14, 12:00 - 10:00 pm Friday 6/15, and Saturday 6/16. Logan s own unique music and arts festival - the only one of its kind. Celebrate at The Washboard Music Festival in downtown Logan, the heart of the beautiful Hocking Hills. Ohio s Most Unique Music Festival takes place on Fathers Day weekend every year. It features events, a children s park with free rides and tons of foot-stompin music.

Cost: Free

Contact: Washboard Music Festival, Phone: 740-380-3828

Location: Main & Market Streets, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Jun 14 (Thu)
Jun 15 (Fri)
Jun 16 (Sat)

Washboard Music Festival

6:00 pm Thursday, 6/14, 12:00 - 10:00 pm Friday 6/15, and Saturday 6/16. Logan's own unique music and arts festival - the only one of its kind. Celebrate at The Washboard Music Festival in downtown Logan, the heart of the beautiful Hocking Hills. Ohios Most Unique Music Festival takes place on Fathers Day weekend every year. It features events, a childrens park with free rides and tons of foot stompin music.

Cost: Free

Contact: Washboard Music Festival, Phone: 740-380-3828

Location: Main & Market Streets, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Jun 15 (Fri)
Jun 16 (Sat)
Jun 17 (Sun)

Splash Pad Weekend

Join in on our brand new splash Pad and prepare to get wet and wild. This weekend the Splash Pad and other water activities will be free of charge to all campers. Do not forget to bring your super-soakers and get ready for squirt gun wars, water balloon relays, wet wagon rides, and our water balloon challenge. It is gonna get more than a little wet and you know it is probably gonna get a little wild, so come prepared to get soaked and join tin the fun. Get wild, but stay within the rules.

Cost: Free to all campers

Contact: Hocking Hills Adventures, Phone: 740-385-8685

Location: 31251 Chieftain Drive, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 13 miles
Jul 4 (Wed)

Thunder in the Valley Fireworks

10:00 pm Fireworks. Annual 4th of July fireworks display on the Hocking college Campus. Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad offers a train ride from the station to Hocking College.

Contact: Hocking College

Location: 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-3591)

In Town
Jul 5 (Thu)
Jul 6 (Fri)
Jul 7 (Sat)
Jul 8 (Sun)

The Great Train Robbery

Come help us rob the Train and join the Posse. Join us on Thursday to begin rehearsal and practice some mounted shooting. Train Robbery will take place on Saturday. Cost to ride: $85 with your own horse (1st or 2nd time), $40 with your own horse (veteran riders), $250 with a rented ranch horse. Not comfortable with riding but still want to participate. Ride the train...

Cost: $85-250 per person

Contact: Smoke Rise Ranch, Phone: 740-767-2624

Location: Smoke Rise Ranch Resort, 6751 Hunterdon Rd, Glouster Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 6 miles
Jul 7 (Sat)

Robbery Train

6:00 pm Departure. Adult - $22.00, Child - $18.00, Senior - $20.00 Ride back in time when our train carries a gold shipment only to encounter... bandits on horseback. Kid-friendly and fun for the whole family. Ride back into history when our old-time train carries a -gold- shipment. the robbers are planning an attack with their horses and guns to rob the train of its gold and the passengers of their -play- money. This thrilling trip is fun for the entire family and one of our most popular trains. Train dates: Saturday, June 9, July 7, and August 4, 2018. This round trip train is scheduled for a 6 p.m. departure. Advance reservations are highly recommended for this train, as it typically sells out. Seating is made on a first-come, first-served basis and are not assigned regardless of reservation. No restrooms on the train, but facilities are in the depot. Please plan to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to departure. Duration of ride: Approximately two hours.

Cost: $18-22 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
Jul 20 (Fri)
Jul 21 (Sat)
Jul 22 (Sun)

Splash Pad Weekend

Join in on our brand new splash Pad and prepare to get wet and wild. This weekend the Splash Pad and other water activities will be free of charge to all campers. Do not forget to bring your super-soakers and get ready for squirt gun wars, water balloon relays, wet wagon rides, and our water balloon challenge. It is gonna get more than a little wet and you know it is probably gonna get a little wild, so come prepared to get soaked and join tin the fun. Get wild, but stay within the rules.

Cost: Free to all campers

Contact: Hocking Hills Adventures, Phone: 740-385-8685

Location: 31251 Chieftain Drive, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 13 miles
Jul 27 (Fri)
Jul 28 (Sat)
Jul 29 (Sun)

Hawaiian Hulu Weekend

6:30pm Departure for the Hawaiian Moonlight Tour. All Weekend Long Celebrate the Hawaiian Weekend with us. Events are scheduled for Saturday, July 28th. 10:30am - 3:00pm - Tie Dye a T-shirt at the Fun Center Pavilion (BYO shirt for $3.00 and Buy an Adventure Shirt for $10.) 11:00am - Beach Ball Volleyball - Meet at the Volleyball Court. 2:30pm - Limbo (how low can you go) and Hula Hoop (how long can you go) Contests at the Volleyball Court 5:30pm - Hey, Hey, Hey Ride at the Fun Center Pavilion 6:30pm - Hawaiian Moonlight Tour - Please be sure to bring your tickets. Advanced tickets Required. Wear your grass skirts, leis and those beautiful shirts. Moonlight includes a Hawaiian Light Dinner before departure. 8:00pm - Limbo, Karaoke, and Hula Hoop at the Canoe Livery Deck. 8:45pm - Winner of the Best Decorated Cabin and Campsite will be announced. (Winner receives a free weekend.)

Cost: $45/Advanced Tickets Req

Contact: Hocking Hills Adventures, Phone: 740-385-8685

Location: 31251 Chieftain Drive, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 13 miles
Aug 2 (Thu)
Aug 3 (Fri)
Aug 4 (Sat)
Aug 5 (Sun)

The Great Train Robbery

Come help us rob the Train and join the Posse. Join us on Thursday to begin rehearsal and practice some mounted shooting. Train Robbery will take place on Saturday. Cost to ride: $85 with your own horse (1st or 2nd time), $40 with your own horse (veteran riders), $250 with a rented ranch horse. Not comfortable with riding but still want to participate. Ride the train...

Cost: $85-250 per person

Contact: Smoke Rise Ranch, Phone: 740-767-2624

Location: Smoke Rise Ranch Resort, 6751 Hunterdon Rd, Glouster Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 6 miles
Aug 4 (Sat)

Robbery Train

6:00 pm Departure. Adult - $22.00, Child - $18.00, Senior - $20.00 Ride back in time when our train carries a gold shipment only to encounter... bandits on horseback. Kid-friendly and fun for the whole family. Ride back into history when our old-time train carries a -gold- shipment. the robbers are planning an attack with their horses and guns to rob the train of its gold and the passengers of their -play- money. This thrilling trip is fun for the entire family and one of our most popular trains. Train dates: Saturday, June 9, July 7, and August 4, 2018. This round trip train is scheduled for a 6 p.m. departure. Advance reservations are highly recommended for this train, as it typically sells out. Seating is made on a first-come, first-served basis and are not assigned regardless of reservation. No restrooms on the train, but facilities are in the depot. Please plan to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to departure. Duration of ride: Approximately two hours.

Cost: $18-22 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
Aug 15 (Wed)
Aug 16 (Thu)
Aug 17 (Fri)
Aug 18 (Sat)

Parade of the Hills in Nelsonville

10am-11pm Wed/Thu, 11am-12am Fri, 9am-12am Sat. Home of the Ohio State Fiddling Contest. Held annually in August in Nelsonville in the historic Public Square - The Parade of The Hills has become one of the states premiere family festivals. You will be treated to great family entertainment, regional art and home cooking, concessions, midway, carnival, Pie Contest Auction, 5 K run, Kids Street Games, Kids Athletic Day, Parades, The Ohio State Fiddling Contest, and free nightly entertainment. We feature three parades beginning at 6PM; Wednesdays Welcome Home Parade, Thursdays Bicycle Parade and Saturdays Grand Parade.

Cost: Small Fee

Contact: Parade of the Hills, Phone: 740-753-4346

Location: Historic Square Art District, 46 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-4863)

In Town
Aug 31 (Fri)
Sep 1 (Sat)
Sep 2 (Sun)
Sep 3 (Mon)

Labor Day Cattle Weekend

Come on out to the ranch and help us say Goodbye to Summer and Hello to fall. Lots of events planned for the entire weekend. Starting with our Cattle Roundup at 1 PM on Friday – This event is FREE to guests of the ranch. Not staying at the ranch but want to help us round em up... $10 fee for non-campers. Drive will be followed by doctoring and banding and ranch breakaway roping. We will have a sorting/cow clinic, and competitions, DJ with a dance and campfire on Saturday and Sunday night, POTLUCK dinner on Saturday night with the ranch supplying the main course. As always, the pool will be open, we have rustic and fully furnished cabins available and campsites with W/E hookups. Rental horses available. Friday 31st Cattle Round-Up, (1:00pm $10 rider fee for non-campers) Doctoring and Banding Ranch (Breakaway)Roping to Follow Saturday 1st Sorting/Cow Working Clinic $45 (ARENA CLOSED 10-11:30am) Open Arena Sorting Competition (Open $25, Pro/Am $15, Novice $15) Potluck Cowboy Dinner – WE PROVIDE THE MAIN COURSE Campfire, Music and Dancing Sunday 2nd Fun Show Monday 3rd Ranch Classes

Cost: $85-250 per person

Contact: Smoke Rise Ranch, Phone: 740-767-2624

Location: Smoke Rise Ranch Resort, 6751 Hunterdon Rd, Glouster Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 6 miles
Sep 1 (Sat)

All Caboose Train Ride

11:00 am Departure. Ever wanted to ride a real caboose... Now is your chance. See what it was like riding the rails inside a caboose in our annual all-caboose train. Every so often, the collection of privately-owned cabooses in Nelsonville are opened up to the public and assembled into a special all-caboose train. During the ride, several photo run-bys will take place. The trip will last approximately three hours and operates the full length of the line to East Logan and return. It is the same route to and from East Logan; the train simply reverses direction by moving the locomotive to the other end of the train. A great event for the rail-fan in your life. Seating is incredibly limited so reserve your tickets as soon as possible. Duration of ride: Approximately three hours.

Cost: $25 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
Sep 2 (Sun)
Sep 3 (Mon)
Sep 4 (Tue)

Splash Pad Weekend

Join in on our brand new splash Pad and prepare to get wet and wild. This weekend the Splash Pad and other water activities will be free of charge to all campers. Do not forget to bring your super-soakers and get ready for squirt gun wars, water balloon relays, wet wagon rides, and our water balloon challenge. It is gonna get more than a little wet and you know it is probably gonna get a little wild, so come prepared to get soaked and join tin the fun. Get wild, but stay within the rules.

Cost: Free to all campers

Contact: Hocking Hills Adventures, Phone: 740-385-8685

Location: 31251 Chieftain Drive, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 13 miles
Sep 3 (Mon)

Labor Day Train Ride

1:00 pm Departure. Enjoy a relaxing, narrated train ride with the family round trip to East Logan and return. View the remaining historic sites along the scenic Hocking River Valley, as well as the current industry such as gravel mining and lumber processing. View the remaining historic sights along the scenic Hocking River Valley. The 20-mile ride will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. It is the same route to and from East Logan; the train simply reverses direction by moving the locomotive to the other end of the train. Along the way, you will pass by the remains of Hocking Canal Lock No. 19 and Haydenville, Ohios last company town. You will also get a glimpse of the current industry in the Valley including gravel mining operations and a lumber facility. On-board narration will provide a history of the area and railroad. You may bring soft drinks and food aboard. No restrooms on the train (available in the depot). There is a wheelchair lift available at the depot as needed.

Cost: $12-17 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
Sep 8 (Sat)
Sep 9 (Sun)

Heroes Weekend

5:00pm Meet and greet 6:00pm Ceremony Military, Fireman, Police and Emergency Responders are our Heros. On this weekend our heros get a 50% discount for a two night stay camping, cabin or river trip (limit one campsite, cabin, or river trip per hero family, ID required for discount). Join us in the Family Fun Center field on Saturday at 5:00pm to meet and greet our heroes. A ceremony to honor our heroes will be held at 6:00pm. Corn hole, horseshoes, kickball, hey-hey-hey rides and more.

Cost: Free to all campers

Contact: Hocking Hills Adventures, Phone: 740-385-8685

Location: 31251 Chieftain Drive, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 13 miles
Sep 14 (Fri)
Sep 15 (Sat)
Sep 16 (Sun)

20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Fri 4pm-midnight. Sat 10am-midnight. Sun 10am-4pm. The 20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival. What is a Pawpaw...The pawpaw is North American s largest native tree fruit. the fruit has a wonderful creamy texture and a tropical flavor. We hope you come to join the crowds of happy folks at scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio for 3 days of Pawpaw music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops and activities for the kids. Ever heard of the pawpaw fruit... Join pawpaw fanatics from around the country at the peak of the season for a weekend filled with everything pawpaw food, beer, music, art, history, trees, people, and much more. Smell, touch, and taste this wonderful tropical-flavored fruit that has been growing in America for thousands of years and is considered Ohio's first fruit. Southern Ohio is home to some of the largest and best tasting wild pawpaw patches on the planet. The pawpaw is also super nutritious and historically significant. Come wander the hills and discover why George Washington s favorite dessert was chilled pawpaw. Admission is $10.00/one-day pass $20.00 /weekend pass children 12 under free.

Cost: $10-$20 per person

Contact: Ohio Pawpaw Festival, Phone: 740-698-6060

Location: Ohio PawPaw Festival, 5900 US 50, Albany Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Oct 4 (Thu)
thru
Oct 26 (Fri)

October Weekday Fall Foliage Train

1:00 pm Thursdays and Fridays in October. Take in the autumn colors of the hills as they pass by your window on the train while you move along the historic Hocking River Valley. Watch the vivid colors of autumn pass by you while you take a train ride along the historic Hocking River Valley. Take in the scenery from one of our enclosed coaches or one of our open-air cars. Trains depart each Thursday and Friday from the Nelsonville Depot. Along the way, you will pass by the remains of Hocking Canal Lock No. 19 and Haydenville, Ohios last company town. You will also get a glimpse of the current industry in the Valley including gravel mining operations and a lumber facility. On-board narration will provide a history of the area and railroad. You may bring soft drinks and food aboard. No restrooms on the train (available in the depot). There is a wheelchair lift available at the depot as needed. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure.

Cost: $12-17 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
Nov 24 (Sat)
thru
Dec 16 (Sun)

Santa Train

11:00 am and 2:00 pm Departure on Saturdays and Sundays between November 24th and December 16th. 6:00 pm Departure on Saturday, Dec 8th and 6:00 pm Departure on Saturday, Dec 15th. A long tradition in the Hocking Valley--the annual Santa Trains. Continue the tradition as Santa visits each child as the train rolls along the valley. Take part in an annual Christmas tradition in the Hocking River Valley that families have enjoyed for 40 years. As the train departs, Santa begins his journey through the train of heated coaches and visits with each child, hearing their special requests before the Big Day. Each child also gets to enjoy a candy treat after Santas visit. Trains operate each Saturday and Sunday between November 24th and December 16th at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and an evening departure on Saturday December 8th and 15th at 6:00 p.m. Each train departs Nelsonville round trip for about 20 miles and lasts approximately two hours. Reservations are strongly suggested as trains often sell out. It is the same route to and from East Logan; the train simply reverses direction by moving the locomotive to the other end of the train.

Cost: $14-$18 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
Dec 31 (Mon)

New Years Eve Train and Fireworks

10:30 pm Departure. Ring in the New Year in a unique way. Take the train and watch the fireworks as 2019 is ushered in. Choose from pizza and pop cars or wine and cheese cars. New Years resolution to do something different... Party on the train as you ring in the New Year. Enjoy pizza and pop or wine and cheese during the ride, and watch the fireworks display as we help bring in 2019. The train ride lasts about two hours and covers twenty miles round trip. The Wine and Cheese participants are in a separate car from the Pizza and Pop. No one under 21 may be in the Wine and Cheese car due to alcohol laws. You may not bring your own alcohol on board, but you may bring soft drinks along if desired. Children under age 18 are not permitted to ride separate from an adult. Reservations are required as ticket sales will end December 29, 2018 at 11:55 p.m. Two seating sections are available: -Pizza and Pop- and -Wine and Cheese.- Only those over age 21 are permitted in the Wine and Cheese section. Our family-friendly Pizza and Pop is open to all ages. During the ride, depending on your seating choice, you will be served either pizza (cheese pizza or pepperoni) and soda pop (diet versions and water also available upon request) or wine and cheese. You may not bring alcohol on board but you are welcome to bring other food and soft drinks as you would like. Each coach is heated. You can not move from car to car during the train ride. You also can not leave children unattended in Pizza and Pop section. Reservations, online or by phone, are required as ticket sales end at 11:55 p.m. on December 29th. Duration of ride: Approximately two hours.

Cost: $20-33 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-753-9531

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
NOTE: Before attending any event we recommend you call the event contact to see if there have been any last minute changes to their schedule.
copyright 2018
Rocky Boots Outlet
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
Wayne National Forest
Rhapsody Restaurant
Stuart's Opera House
Starbrick Gallery