About an hour southeast of Columbus, Ohio on State Route 33. Exits for Hocking Hills State Park are on the east side of the highway from Logan, Ohio.
Winter nature and landscape photography in Hocking Hills requires a good pair of workable gloves and studded clamp-ons on the bottom of hiking boots. These trails are well- traveled, particularly on weekends, so ice and snow is compacted into a slippery covering that can easily send a photographer and his tripod flying. BE VERY CAREFUL. Look for ice formations where there's nice color, just as deep blues and greens. Compose and position to accentuate the unique shapes found in the layered ice.
The ice formations along the sandstone gorges of Hocking Hills State Park in Southeastern Ohio offer some of the best opportunities for winter landscape photography. And it's just not one particular area, but all along the six mile loop trail leading from Cedar Falls to Old Man's Cave. The low, late rising sun of mid-winer provides a great background, especially when it can be "starred" on the edges of the Hemlock trees.