South on State Route 33 from Columbus, past Lancaster to Logan, Ohio. Exit right into Hocking Hills State Park.
Many people would not consider Ohio as a prime location for dramatic landscapes, however, Hocking Hills in the southeastern section of the state holds many visual wonders to be discovered. The area is full of sandstone cliff gorges filled with ferns, Hemlocks and waterfalls. The hollows and valleys fill with morning mist in spring and are rich in vibrant autumn color in the fall. The subtle, quiet beauty of the region is where I first fell in love with nature photography as a young teenager in the late 1970's. I return at least four times a year - once each season - to visit and photograph that area which I consider the home of my creative spirit. The longest trail is the six-mile Grandma Emma Gatewood trail from Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave and to Cedar Falls. A sturdy tripod and ballhead are a must for capturing the streams and waterfalls in low light. Macro lens is a good option due to all of the small details to be discovered along the trail.
Summer sunrise in August along the lower trail through Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve, located near Hocking Hills State Park in southeastern Ohio.