I recently had the opportunity to make a trip to Hocking Hills, in southern Ohio. While a little early for fall color it was worth the drive. The trails wind through old hemlock trees, deep gorges, with moss covered boulders as large as an SUV. I felt like I was walking through another world. An ideal place for a portrait session for an outdoor enthusiast, hiker, or dreamer.

If you wish to go here are some things to remember. The visitor center is the best place to start. You can grab a map and guide of the area. Some trails are easily traversed, while some are quite harrowing. There are more than 300 steps at Old Man’s Cave between your descent to the gorge floor and on the way back up. The Rock House is down a slippery path of rocks stacked as stairs that cling to the side of the gorge. Conkles Hollow Reserve is the easiest to access as it has a paved path almost to the end.

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