Photo Tour! – Springtime in the Hocking Hills – April 18-21, 2013

East Rim, Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, Hocking Hills, Ohio
East Rim, Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve, Hocking Hills, Ohio

It’s snowing in northeast Ohio as we begin the coldest week so far this winter, but in a couple of months milder weather will signal the arrival of spring in southeast Ohio. Redbud flowers will bloom in the hollows, and the emerging leaves of dozens of species of trees will create a tapestry of color on the hillsides in the Hocking Hills. Mid-April is my favorite time for photography in this scenic area, and on April 18-21 I will join the the Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society to host a photo tour to the Hocking Hills, arguably the most scenic place in the Buckeye State.

Ash Cave Waterfall, Hocking Hills
Ash Cave Waterfall, Hocking Hills State Park

The sandstone cliffs and gorges of the Hocking Hills provide the most rugged scenery in Ohio. After spring rains, torrents of water cascade over the cliffs to create more waterfalls than anywhere else in the Buckeye State. We’ll visit Cedar Falls, the 90-foot cascade at Ash Cave, and many more waterfalls and picturesque streams at Old Man’s Cave.

Wildflowers along Raccoon Creek, Zaleski State Forest
Wildflowers along Raccoon Creek, Zaleski State Forest

Our April 18-21 photo tour is timed to coincide with the peak of the spring wildflower display in southeast Ohio. Blue-eyed Mary, mayapple, trillium, squirrel corn, violets, dwarf crested iris,columbine, fire pink, and many other species blanket the hillsides and flood plains throughout the Hocking Hills region.

Dwarf Crested Iris near Ash Cave in the hocking Hills, Ohio
Dwarf Crested Iris near Ash Cave, Hocking Hills, Ohio

The photo tour will be based in Logan, a few miles north of the Hocking Hills, and will begin on Thursday evening with an orientation and slide program by Ian Adams that will introduce you to this scenic region of Ohio. We’ll spend most of the day on Friday and Saturday carpooling to Ian’s favorite photography locations in the area. On Friday and Saturday evenings, after dinner, Ian will share information on improving your scenic photography, digital workflow using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, iPhone and iPad photography, and developing and self-publishing a photographic book.

Photographing along the East Rim, Conkle's Hollow, Hocking Hills
Photographing along the East Rim, Conkle’s Hollow, Hocking Hills

This is a photo tour for participants who are familiar with their digital camera(s) and have a basic knowledge and understanding of digital photography. The hikes at the photography locations are fairly short, but involve hilly trails and rocky terrain, and you should be comfortable hiking in gorges and exposed locations. If you need additional information, contact Ian Adams at or call (330)-920-7401.

To register for the photo tour, call the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park at (330)-657-2909, ext. 100



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