All areas of the Hocking Hills State Park are now open with redesigned trails to facilitate social distancing.

The John Glenn Astronomy Park is now open also, but only to individually enjoy, observe, and photograph the night sky.  Sadly, due to the Covid-19 virus, it is not advisable for us to continue programs at this time. Please see the Astronomy Park page for more information.


Double Your Impact Today And Tomorrow

The State of Ohio made an investment in this year's state budget to support the growth of endowment at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), including our Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park Fund.

Your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar while the match lasts. Donors to endowment funds at FAO may see up to $5,000 matched so that your gift can make double the impact to protect and sustain our mission over generations. 

As you know, the growth of our endowment is a key piece to our long-term sustainability. These match dollars will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis so please help us ensure that the Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park Fund benefits from this opportunity!

Give By Mail

Make your check payable to Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, and designate the Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park Fund. Then, just mail your check to:

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
35 Public Square
PO Box 456
Nelsonville, OH 45764

Give Online

Click here and make sure you designate the Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park Fund in the section, "If you have a special purpose for your donation, please let us know."  By clicking on "Select a designation," under "I want my donation to be designated toward." A list of designations, in alphabetical order, will drop-down, then scroll down inside the box until you see our fund and click on it.   

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John Glenn Astronomy Park 

is now open to the public



Now that the Astronomy Park is open we need volunteers to help at the park. If you would like to volunteer at the Astronomy Park, please go to the Astronomy Park page by clicking on the Astronomy Park tab at the top of the page for information on volunteering.


Also, our fundraising efforts continue, as we still need to raise $735,000.00 for equipment and educational programming. As we've been saying, this facility will be a huge addition to the Hocking Hills State Park when it's completed. And, it's being done without the use of state funds. Nor, will there be any fees charged to those who will use this facility.

Therefore, we are still accepting donations to help us fully complete this project.  

You can do this by clicking here (a new window/tab will open.) Which will take you to the John Glenn Astronomy Park Fund page on the Foundation For Appalachian Ohio website. Once there you can read about the Fund, and learn how to make a donation online or through the mail. 

You may also make an online donation to the John Glenn Astronomy Park project through this website, simply by clicking here. Under I would like to make a contribution to: choose Astronomy Education Center, then choose the amount you would like to donate from the drop-down list, or enter your own amount in the Other Amount box. 

Please come back often to our website for more updates on construction and fundraising needs. Thank you.

More information on this project can be found by clicking on the Astronomy Park tab at the top of this page. 

The illustrations below were created by m+a architects, in Columbus, Ohio. 

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Observatory Illustration Aerial Study

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About Our Parks

Perhaps no other area in the state of Ohio is as wild, romantic and picturesque as Hocking Hills State Park. In the parks you will discover amazingly massive sandstone outcroppings, deep cool gorges, towering hemlocks and glistening waterfalls that characterize the Hocking region. Abundant wildlife including white-tailed deer, barred owls, ruffed grouse and an occasional bobcat make the wooded ravines and ridge tops their home. In spring, the early morning hours come alive with the gobble of the wild turkey. The lush undergrowth contains a profusion of ferns, shrubs and wildflowers including roundleaf catchfly, lady’s slipper orchids, devils walking stick and sullivantia that are some of the state’s rarest and most unusual plants.

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