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Hocking Hills Among State Parks To Tout Maple Syrup Demo

(Photo courtesy ODNR)

Presented By Chillicothe VAMC

(Columbus)– The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) invites visitors to celebrate the goodness of locally made maple syrup. Ohioans and out-of-state visitors are encouraged to experience these family-fun events with activities ranging from live historical demonstrations to maple syrup demonstrations.

(Photo: Ash Cave at Hocking State Park/ODNR)

Hocking Hills State Park Maple Tapping Festival
Visitors can learn how local maple sap is turned into syrup at the naturalist cabin, located behind the visitor center. Staff will also share the various ways this sweet treat has been made over the centuries.

  • When: March 12-13
    • 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hueston Woods State Park Maple Syrup Festival
Enjoy a hayride from the beach into the sugar bush followed by a hike through the 200-acre “Big Woods,” which is also designated as Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve. A pancake breakfast is available at the lodge and maple syrup will be on sale throughout the day.

  • When: March 5-6, 12-13
    • 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Indian Lake Development Corporation’s 35th Annual Maple Syrup Festival
Sugar bush tours, demonstrations, and a pancake and sausage breakfast will be offered on both days of the festival. There will be pints, quarts, and gallons of maple syrup available for sale.

  • When: March 19-20
    • 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Ends at 1:00 p.m. on March 20) 

Malabar Farm State Park Maple Syrup Festival
Experience sugar camp with live historic and modern demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, food, and maple products to taste and buy. Visitors may also take self-guided tours of the historic “Big House.”

  • When: March 5-6, 12-13
    • 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public but be sure to bring money to purchase your favorite maple products. Learn more about the Maple Syrup Festivals here.