» hocking hills in winter
Hocking Hills is a beautiful area in southeastern Ohio on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, consisting of rolling hills, cliffs, waterfalls, and canyons. Its only fault is that it tends to be very crowded, although I'm sure there are places off the beaten path where you can escape the people. We only spent about 5 hours in the area but since so much can be reached by short hikes we were able to see quite a lot. It was a beautiful day, with fresh snow stuck to all the trees and still lightly falling throughout the day.
» ash cave

This was probably the most impressive sight of the day. We were under a huge shallow cave looking at a hollow tube of ice 90 feet above us acting as a spout for the still falling water which disappeared into a 20 foot high ice pile. Snowflakes lightly fell from the sky and snowy trees made the perfect backdrop.

Ash Cave.

From below.

Ice pile.

Left: Megan in front of the ice pile. Right: All along the cliff that the trail follows there were huge icicles. The cliff is about 90 feet tall so these icicles were about 20 feet, some spanned the entire 90 feet.

A multi-tiered ice fall off the road west of Ash Cave with a total height of probably 100 feet, looks like it would be fun to climb.

» rockbridge

Rockbridge is a a natural rock bridge that is more than 100 feet long and as narrow as 10 feet.

Spanning the gap.

From below.

Megan near the ice columns.

From the other side.

» cedar falls

Mostly frozen, just a small amount of water still trickled down the falls.

Interesting ice formations on a cliff wall.

An ice pile under a small but tall waterfall.

The waterfall.

Left: The frozen river. Right: Snowy trees.

Icicles on the cliffs in the woods.

Left: Icicles near Cedar Falls. Right: Me in front of Cedar Falls (Photo by Megan).

Megan walking on (frozen) water.

Water that didn't quite make it down the cliff.

» old man's cave

Iced cliff.

Upper Falls at Old Man's Cave.

Diving board.

Left: Megan walking on the river until the ice became too thin. Right: Frozen falls.

Left: Megan in front of Upper Falls. Right: Ice falls.

Many icicles.


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