Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, June 19 newspaper on Page A3.
LOGAN — A majestic stone and beam visitor’s center is opening soon at the entrance of the Hocking Hills State Park.
The two-level, 11,000-square-foot facility will open to the public on Monday, June 24, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for 2 p.m. The facility cost $5 million to build.
Special guests will include Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz and other state and local officials.
The new visitor’s center is fully Americans with Disabilities (ADA) accessible and features more public restrooms than were previously available.
There will be tours of the building and a hike through Old Man’s Cave Gorge. Displays that the public can interact with involve the history of the Hocking Hills region along with the wildlife of the park. Other features include a trail simulator and a children’s area underneath the grand staircase.
On the second level, a fireplace, gift shop and hiking simulation area complete the inside main attractions.
According to Hocking Hills State Park Naturalist Patrick Quackenbush, an estimated three to five million visitors explore the area each year.
* ** Stacy Hazelton is a reporter for The Logan Daily News.