I had a free afternoon recently and decided to visit snowy Cantwell Cliffs. Cantwell Cliffs is one of 5 sites that combined make up Hocking Hills State Park. I hadn’t been there in 2 or 3 years, and I don’t believe I’ve been there in winter. Cantwell Cliffs isn’t as large as Old Man’s Cave so you won’t find as many miles of trails. Walking an average pace, most visitors could hike them all in approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. The many steps provide a good workout.
I really enjoy hiking anywhere in HHSP in winter, especially with a snow cover. The contrast between the white snow and the earthy colors of the rocks is beautiful. Another plus to winter hiking in the Hocking Hills is the crowds are way down. Be warned though, temperatures can be significantly colder down in the gorges and trails often very icy and dangerous. Slip-on traction cleats, like Yaktrax, are usually needed.
Below are a few pics from my short hike.