tourism: The Lodge at Big Pine, Hocking Hills Region - 05/17/10 05:41 AM
The Lodge at Big Pine ( is now open in the heart of the Hocking Hills, and located between Logan and Hocking Hills State Park in Big Pine Estates, just off Route 664. Say hello to lodgekeepers Julie & Kevin! And don't hesitate to take the scenic drive down Big Pine Road toward Conkle's Hollow and more: … (0 comments)

tourism: Stroll with Your Sweetheart at Ash Cave in the Hocking Hills - 02/01/10 02:28 AM
February 13 is the date for this year's annual Sweetheart Hike at Ash Cave, in Hocking Hills State Park.  The Ash Cave lower trail is handcap accessible, and the entire evening is always memorable and well attended.  Meet the naturalist in the parking lot (off Route 56) at about 5pm.  For a photos preview of what to expect, visit:  For more information about upcoming winter events, check:

tourism: Home Sales Strong in Columbus Ohio MLS, Other Positive Economic Signs - 01/26/10 02:00 AM
Per the Columbus (Ohio) MLS, reported home sales in the market during October-December 2009 were 24.3% better than in 2008 (1,464 vs. 1,314).  The average sales price of $157,130 was up almost 5%.
The overall inventory of available homes also decreased, along with days on market.
Total sales came to $230,000,000.  The Columbus MLS covers 87 "Areas" and various counties, both urban and rural; for details, see:
An interesting economic sidebar story is the very strong attendance for this year's AAA Vacation Expo last weekend.  Pre-event estimates ran from 13-15,000, and rough reckoning from those on hand would appear … (0 comments)

tourism: Warmer Weather Expected for Hocking Hills Winter Hike - 01/15/10 02:14 AM
 Hocking Hills State Park's "Mr. Naturalist" Pat Quackenbush prepares hikers for the 2010 Winter Hike, Friday evening 1/15/10, at the park's dining lodge....
Temperatures are expected in the low 40's for tomorrow's (1/16/10) annual Winter Hike at Old Man's Cave - Hocking Hills State Park. For a preview of what you can expect to see, here's a look at last year's event:

tourism: Take A Hike...The Hocking Hills Winter Hike, January 16 - 01/02/10 03:05 AM
In southeast Ohio's famous Hocking Hills, the parking lot across from Old Man's Cave fills up fast and early every third Saturday in January...for the annual Hocking Hills State Park Winter Hike.  Volunteers, including park staff and Friends of the Hocking Hills members, along with shuttle buses will be on hand to help folks make their way through the 6-mile route from Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave.
Although it's not an easy hike, it's certainly well worth the trip and trek.  Here's a sampling of what you can expect:
Hocking Hills Winter Hike 2009:  (
 Hocking Hills Winter Hike 2008:  (

tourism: Conkles Hollow Nature Preserve in Southeast Ohio's Hocking Hills - 11/11/09 02:19 AM

Leaf-peeper or not, Fall's certainly a perfect time to hike the trails at Conkles Hollow Nature Preserve in the Hocking Hills Region.  The Rim Trail is simply spectacular any season, but be advised it's definitely a challenge as well as potentially's a long way down, as they say.  The Gorge Trail is another scenic story, and handicapped accessible most of the way.  Here's an extended Visual Tour of both trails....
For a map and more information about Conkles Hollow, please visit The Friends of the Hocking Hills' Web site.  And while you're at it, consider becoming a "Friend" yourself!

tourism: Hike Through Rock Stalls Nature Preserve, Near Hide-A-Way Hills - 10/23/09 09:58 AM
Owned and operated by Camp Akita (First Community Church), the "Rock Stalls" Nature Preserve is a privately owned and significant sandstone formation near southeast Ohio's famous Hocking Hills vacation destination region. You'll find it pretty much just across and up the road from Hide-A-Way Hills private and gated resort community.  Take a Visual Tour....

tourism: Win A Hocking Hills B&B Weekend Getaway - 10/20/09 01:11 AM
As southeast Ohio's fall finery begins to peak and prompt anyone's creative thoughts, one of The Hocking Hills' favorite bed and breakfast getaways is offering a free weekend stay for two to reward the best description of that perfect bed and breakfast occasion.  #2 and #3 entries receive $50 and  $25 gift certificates.  To enter, put your best creative effort into a paragraph and post it on your Blog or Facebook and include a link to Inn at Cedar Falls ( Then send an email to that includes your entry paragraph along with your contact information.
Midnight October 30, 2009 is the deadline for are to be … (0 comments)

tourism: Free Fun in Ohio's Hocking Hills Region - 10/13/09 05:09 AM
Fall's colors are headed for their peak, but there's still plenty of time and things to do for leaf-peepers throughout southeast Ohio's famous vacation destination region (event attendance free):
Hocking Hills State Park (740-385-6841 for information):
October 16th - Cedar Falls Stroll with the naturalist - 3pm                                             
 October 16th - Rose Lake Excursion with the naturalist & the Hocking Hills Canoe Livery HOCKING HILLS CANOE LIVERY - 6pm, guided trip, approx. 1 hour...must pre-register in person at the camp office; meet at Rose Lake dam. 

October 17th - Grandma Gatewood Trail Fall Color Hike - 1pm; join  the naturalist … (0 comments)

tourism: Record Numbers for the 2009 Hocking Hills Indian Run - 09/20/09 06:29 AM
This year's run through Hocking Hills State Park, centerpiece of southeast Ohio's famous vacation destination region, attracted a record-setting 757 participants to this growing annual event hosted by the Hocking Hills Tourism Association..  Runners came from 16 states, including Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia (and of course, Ohio).  Pre-registrants included runners between of all ages, from 7 to 81.
500 runners preregistered for the race, with 149 people signing up for the 5k version, 136 for the 10k run, 158 for the 20k contest, 32 for … (0 comments)

tourism: As Summer '09 Sets Across the Hocking Hills.... - 08/30/09 09:26 AM
Still lots to see and do as the seasons set and change in southeast Ohio's famous vacation destination, the Hocking Hills Region.  Upcoming events include the statewide "VIP Campout" (Volunteers in Park) to be hosted by Hocking Hills State Park, September 10-13, 2009.  For a Visual Tour of some recent sights and sites near summer's end in the hills, please see:

tourism: Ohio's Lancaster Festival 2009 Beats the Weather - 08/09/09 08:56 AM
This year's annual Lancaster Festival was certainly weather-challenged, but the crowds turned out as they always have for the past twenty-five years.  Early birds for the closing concert and fireworks display, August 1 at the Ohio University Lancaster outdoor stage, were dumped on by Mother Nature who followed her opening act with darkening skies, but everyone kept their spirits up and dinners dry for the performance by Lee Ann Womack.  Next year's festival dates are July 21-31, 2010....we'll see you there! Right after the rains....
 A headline performance...
 And another spectacular display!

tourism: Ohio's Lancaster Festival in Full Swing This Week - 07/27/09 03:36 AM
The 25th annual Lancaster Festival moved to full swing this past weekend, with a truly crowd-pleasing performance by The Temptations, backed by the Festival Orchestra, at the Ohio University-Lancaster stage.  The concert was followed by the traditional stunning and lengthy musical finale and fireworks display.  Next Saturday evening's concert headliner is Lee Ann Womack...hope to see you there!  It's a great setting for dinner with friends and family, whether you opt for a table or table seats, or just a blanket and chairs on the lawn.  And it's also a perfect setting to make or renew friendships among the thousands of folks you're likely … (0 comments)

tourism: Ohio State Parks – New Budget Cuts Impact To Be Determined - 07/02/09 05:38 AM
 Photographers Gather for Friend of the Hocking Hills State Park "Shoot the Hills" annual competition, 2009 Photographers from various states gather for The Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park's annual "Shoot the Hills" competition, April 2009
Ohio State Park superintendents have been directed to drop another three-and-a-half percent from their current budgets.  For the Hocking Hills State Park operations, that means about $70,000 less for services this year.  Superintendent Tim Archer says he'll have to determine from what areas the cuts will come, so the impacts on both visitors and the region's major tourism business remains to be stay tuned.  Or … (0 comments)

tourism: Hide-A-Way Hills Dam Jam 2009 - 06/29/09 04:58 AM
Located near southeast Ohio's famous Hocking Hills Region, the gated resort community of Hide-A-Way Hills features plenty of annual events, and probably the biggest gathering of the year is the Dam Jam.  This year saw what's considered to be the event's largest turnout ever, with as many as an estimated five-hundred members, family, and friends celebrating a summer evening beneath the Lake of the Four Seasons.  A hog roast serves as the main course, and members bring along a covered dish to share as there's certainly no reason to go hungry.  This year, the Social Committee added some great extra attractions, including a moon bounce and face … (0 comments)

tourism: Driving Ohio's Appalachian Highway from Cincinnati Towards the Hocking Hills - 06/19/09 01:50 AM
You might not find it on basic online highway maps of Ohio, but if you're not in a rush to travel from southwest Ohio or the Cincinnati area across and up to the Hocking Hills, consider taking Route 32 (off Route 275 in the Newtown/Batavia area).  It's a laid-back sort of homage to the way 4-lanes used to be, and runs through some of the prettiest countryside you'll see in the state. You're also likely to find very minimal traffic, and that should help put you in the right sort of mood for the pleasures of your getaway or vacation destination … (0 comments)

tourism: What's Happening in Hide-A-Way Hills...Resort Community & Gateway to The Hocking Hills - 06/18/09 05:28 AM
Father's Day Weekend events and specials at Hide-A-Way Hills:  Jumbo Diver Scallops at the Lodge Friday and music w/Reid Coleman Saturday night...Lodge will also open Sunday for Father's Day and an Indoor Grill, from 11am - 3pm (public invited, reservations at 740-569-7944).  Also, the annual HAH softball game, this year matching the "Young Upstarts" against the "The Old Codgers," is a real happening on Saturday, June 20 at 2pm.
Next weekend (June 27) features the famous annual "Dam Jam"...chilllin and grillin down at the main dam, thanks to the HAH Social Committee, 6-11pm...bring lawn chairs and a covered dish, enjoy … (0 comments)

tourism: News and Views Through the Hocking Hills and Hide-A-Way Hills - 06/14/09 05:36 AM
When you're touring the Hocking Hills during the upcoming high seasons, make a stop in downtown Logan for plenty of colorful reasons.  As part of "Logan In Bloom" (spurred by the national America In Bloom non-profit organization), Logan High School students have created flags of varied flowers to help add color and character to downtown Logan.  The flags were auctioned at the spring opening festivities of Logan in Bloom, and will greet local residents as well as visitors to southeast Ohio's famous Hocking Hills Region...with Logan's city slogan being "Gateway to the Hocking Hills."  Funds raised by the auction go … (0 comments)

tourism: Lakefront Dining Restaurant, Wonderfully Historic, Friendly & Tasty - Lake White Club - 05/17/09 01:42 PM
After showing one of our log vacation listings nearby, went to the Lake White area south of Waverly, Ohio to take some photos of the recreational opportunities for a client.  Found a most interesting mix of classic and newer lake community homes, and discovered one of those must-stop-and-see timeless lakefront dining spots....the since-the-1930's Lake White Club.  You won't feel like a stranger there for more than a few moments after stepping inside and through the old log cabin (logs from the 1820's) entry...(thanks, Audrey), and the table side service is as attentive and helpful as you'd ever want (thanks, Nancy).  Tried … (0 comments)

tourism: Travel and Tourism Writers Coming to Hide-A-Way Hills (HAH) - 04/24/09 05:04 AM

As part of a press tour organized by the Hocking Hills Tourism Association, eleven travel writers representing magazines such as Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living, AAA Horizons, AAA Home & Away, Planet Boston, The Connection, and Indy's Child / Midwest Parenting Publications will enjoy dinner at the Hide-A-Way Hills Lodge and Microbrewery on Friday, May 1, at 7pm. Some of the scribes are also freelancers with their own Web sites, who also offer their work to other periodicals and sites.
Hide-A-Way Hills members are also certainly encouraged to dine at the lodge that evening, and of course the public is also … (0 comments)

Karen & Doug Parker, From Hilliard to the Hocking Hills Ohio (Sorrell & Company Realtors)

Karen & Doug Parker

From Hilliard to the Hocking Hills Ohio

Logan, OH

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Address: 29083 Hideaway Hills Road, Hide-A-Way Hills, Sugar Grove, OH, 43155

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Thoughts on buying and selling primary and vacation homes, and land, in the central and southeast Ohio real estate market, including The Hocking Hills Region and the gated resort community of Hide-A-Way Hills, plus Hiiliard, Dublin, Grove City, Canal Winchester, Logan and Lancaster.



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