About the Friends of Hocking Hills State Park

The Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park is a non-profit (501c3) membership organization for people who love the Hocking Hills and take special interest in improving Park features and preserving it for the enjoyment of future generations. Through fundraising and helping hands, the Friends work directly with the State Park staff to oversee a wide range of projects at the Park. Our Friends group is a member of the Friends for the Preservation of Ohio State Parks.

Our Mission

The Friends Mission Statement is “To foster a partnership between outdoor enthusiasts and Hocking Hills State Park that ensures a better place for nature education, while setting high conservation standards and raising a strong sense of responsibility for future generations.”

Our Goals

The goals of the Friends group are set high. The Friends have funded rope rescue safety equipment, playground equipment in the campground, a new archery range, and a butterfly habitat. These improvements have been made without state funds or fees to users, through the generosity of people just like you who love the area and have donated to the Friends of the Hocking Hills. 

Since 2003, the Friends of Hocking Hills have donated over $1,565,000 in projects and funds to the Hocking Hills State Parks.

  • Constructed a $1,000,000 Astronomy Park and Observatory
  • Donated Park Safety Rope & Rescue Equipment
  • Donated Playground Equipment in Old Man's Cave Campground
  • Donated a Gator (All Terrain Vehicle)
  • Constructed a New Archery Range
  • Constructed a Wildlife Viewing Blind at Rose Lake
  • Constructed A Butterfly Habitat and Gardens at Old Man's Cave
  • Constructed Raptor cages
  • Supports Naturalist Programs
  • Supports Live Animal Care
  • Funded a Study and Sponsored the Relocation of State Route 664 at Old Man's Cave
  • Funds the Printing of Campground Maps
  • Funded Statewide Volunteers in Parks Annual Camp Out
  • Funded Updates to the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center


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2018 Board of Directors

Julieann BurroughsPresident

Eric Hoffman, Vice President

Jerry Jividen, Secretary

Greg Kidwell, Treasurer

James Barrett

Adele Browne

Ken Browne

Clyde Gosnell

Annette Haggarty

Greg Hanlin

Barb Jividen

Chris Nabergall

Steve Rine

Omie Warner

Paul Westenheffer



Mark Hoffhines, Manager
Hocking Hills State Park

Robin Donnelly, Program Manager
Hocking Hills State park

Karen Raymore, Executive Director
Hocking Hills Tourism Association





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