Free Community Hikes at Camp Oty’Okwa

Throughout 2016 Camp Oty’Okwa will be hosting Free Community Hikes on its property. These hikes will take place one Saturday of each month. Participants of all ages will get the chance to explore some of the most beautiful land the Hocking Hills has to offer, including hemlock forests, sandstone gorges, and much, much more.

All hikes will be led by experienced Camp naturalists and staff members. Please bring environmentally friendly snacks, reusable water bottles, and binoculars.

During the months of March, June, September, and November, Camp Oty’Okwa will also be inviting the community to come out before the hike to help clean and maintain our stretch of SR 374. Participants in the Adopt-a-Highway event will receive a light breakfast and lunch. Come join us in keeping the Hocking Hills clean!

Camp Oty’Okwa is located at 24799 Purcell Rd, South Bloomingville, OH 43152.

These hikes are FREE and open to the public. Any interested parties should RSVP with Al Marietta at or 740-975-6384.

Dates and times are subject to change. Please visit our website at for the most recent information.


January 30th           Hike: 10:00am – 12:00pm Free

February 20th         Hike: 10:00am – 12:00pm Free

March 19th               Adopt-a-Highway: 9:00am – 1:00pm (Volunteer Event)  Hike: 1:00pm – 3:00pm Free

April 23rd, 24th      Event:(Birds in the Hills festival) $10 registration + a la carte programming

May 7th                       Hike: 10:00am – 12:00pm Free

June 18th                    Adopt-a-Highway: 9:00am – 1:00pm (Volunteer Event)  Hike: 1:00pm – 3:00pm Free

July 9th                       Hike: 10:00am – 12:00pm Free

August 20th              Hike: 10:00am – 12:00pm Free

Sept. 10th                   Adopt-a-Highway: 9:00am – 1:00pm (Volunteer Event)       Hike: 1:00pm – 3:00pm Free

October 1st                Hike: 10:00am – 12:00pm Free

November 12th        Adopt-a-Highway: 9:00am – 1:00pm (Volunteer Event)     Hike: 1:00pm – 3:00pm Free

December 17th         Hike: 10:00am – 12:00pm Free

On April 23rd and 24th, Camp Oty’Okwa and Rural Action will be hosting the firstBirds in the Hills Festival at Camp Oty’Okwa. This two-day family festival invites participants to explore the natural world. Join us for tours of the surrounding area led by experts, fun and educational children’s activities, and presentations by local naturalists. Registration for the event is $10 for participants 12+ and $5 for children younger than 12. Additional costs for individual activities, lodging, and meals. Interested parties should RSVP with Becca Farley at