Logan, Ohio - With the peak spring and summer travel seasons fast approaching, the Hocking Hills region is unveiling a range of new attractions and activities. From new ways to enjoy the outdoor beauty of the region to museums that will fascinate visitors of all ages, 2011 is shaping up to be an outstanding year for families and couples to visit the region. Following are just a few highlights of the new attractions, activities and anniversary celebrations visitors can look forward to this year.
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The Great Outdoors
Night Flight Zipline Tours - Begins May 2011
In addition to boasting the Midwest's first zipline canopy tour, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is adding a new Night Flight tour for visitors with nocturnal instincts. Beginning in May, this two-hour nighttime tour will be available on Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors brave enough to zip through the dark will join the nighttime creatures along six ziplines and four sky bridges. Hocking Hills Canopy Tours will continue to host its popular daytime canopy tours and SuperZip.
The Scottish Links at Glenlaurel - Opens Summer 2011
This summer, visitors can enjoy a new private golf course, The Scottish Links, available for guests staying with Glenlaurel, A Scottish Country Inn. A replica of the links-style golf courses that date back to 400 years ago in the British Isles, The Scottish Links will feature eight holes, pasture-like fairways and sand greens. Players looking for a non-traditional, authentic experience can opt to rent hickory-shaft clubs and vintage golf clubs.
Hocking Hills Scenic Air Tours - Open Now
Although pilot Harry Sowers has been flying for more than 40 years, the air tours he began offering a few years ago have continued to grow in popularity. Visitors to Hocking Hills can get a bird's eye view of the landscape with a 20 to 60 minute pilot-guided tour of the region. Flights take off from the Vinton County airport and can carry up to three passengers.
The Columbus Washboard Company Museum - Opens May 7
This May, the area will welcome a new Washboard Museum, thanks to the Columbus Washboard Company, the oldest remaining washboard manufacturer in the world. The museum will feature a 45 minute tour of the washboards, used for a variety of purposes, from music, to laundry and even household décor. The Columbus Washboard Company is also known for the annual Washboard Music Festival and for providing washboards to troops overseas.
Pencil Sharpener Museum - Opens May 11
Also in May, the Pencil Sharpener Museum will reopen in the Hocking Hills Welcome Center in Logan. Created by Paul (now deceased) and Charlotte Johnson, the museum features an international collection of more than 3,000 pencil sharpeners. Previously operated by the Johnsons from their home, the new location will allow visitors to delight in the colorful, utilitarian objects daily.
Hocking Hills Events
Shoot the Hills - April 15 -17
Hosted by the Friends of the Hills, this annual photography competition celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and features photos taken in the Hocking Hills during a 24-hour period. Participants are required to take photos throughout the four-county region that includes Hocking, Athens, Fairfield and Vinton counties. The competition weekend also features demonstrations, special programming, slide shows and exhibits.
Warrior Dash - June 4 and 5
Being held for the first time in Ohio, the Warrior Dash has already registered more than 23,000 competitors. This two-day event features a 3.1 mile race course through Kaeppner's Woods strewn with 13 obstacles including cargo nets, tires, creeks and climbing walls that will challenge even the toughest warriors. Those interested in the joining the Warrior Watch will enjoy live music, awards and much more during the sold-out dash.
About the Hocking Hills Tourism Association
Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, Hocking Hills offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of free activities. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging options, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and country inns. In addition to numerous hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills area offers unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf and more. Complete traveler information on accommodations, festivals and the many sites in the Hocking Hills region is available at www.1800Hocking.com or toll-free at 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).