Conkle's Hollow Fall Foliage Weekend coming soon

Brilliant Autumn Colors will highlight annual Conkle’s Hollow Fall Foliage Weekend, October 16-17

Some of the best colors of the season will be on display at Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve for the 18th Annual Fall Foliage Event. Coordinated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), this open-house styled event runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17.

We camped at Hocking Hills several years ago, and it remains one of our most very favorite destinations. We were there in the summer, and we all agreed that we must return to this gorgeous landscape for each season of the year. Autumn would most likely be the best time of year for Conkle's Hollow and all of Hocking Hills. The trails vary from difficult to handicap-accessible, providing everyone with a great perspective to view Hocking Hills' fall colors.

“Conkle’s Hollow offers visitors brilliantly-colored hills, winding trails and spectacular autumn views of the Hocking Hills,” said Jeff Johnson, district preserve manager at ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. “Uniformed naturalists will be on hand to direct visitors to the most scenic features of the preserve.”

Visitors to this year's event can explore 3.5 miles of trails including the 1-mile handicapped accessible Lower Gorge trail. The weekend will include a re-enactment of a 1790s encampment, complete with period tents, settlers in pioneer dress and late 18th century cooking. The early Ohio settlers, portrayed by the Hock-Hocking Historical Trekkers, will set up camp west of the parking lot to show visitors what life was like for area pioneers.

The 87-acre Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve is one of 134 state nature preserves managed by the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. Known for its spectacular views and deep gorges, Conkle’s Hollow features cliffs of Black Hand sandstone rising nearly 200 feet above the valley floor. Named after an area inscription, “W.J. Conkle 1797,” the preserve is home to Canada yew, teaberry, various ferns and several species of native orchids, as well as white-tailed deer, turkey, fox and beaver. The preserve is open sunrise to sunset year-round.

To obtain directions to Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve, visit the division’s Web site at For additional information, contact the preserve manager, Jeff Johnson, at (740) 380-8919.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at
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My family (wife and three kids, sometimes the dog) and I have been RV campers since 2007. We own a 2000 Trail-Lite B22 Bantam hybrid, our tow vehicle is a 2006 Trailblazer LT EXT (5.3 V8 with 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio), and our setup includes the Equalizer sway controller. Looking to upgrade the camper in the near future, but until then we get out 2-3 times a month in season.