COLUMBUS -- Is there anything better than a breakfast of pancakes or waffles smothered with delicious maple syrup? Eager to try homemade maple syrup this year? Look no further than Ohio State Parks! Warmer days and chilly nights are the ideal conditions to get sap flowing from Ohio's maple trees, and four state parks will host maple syrup festivals to celebrate the season. Visitors will see how maple syrup is made and enjoy locally made maple syrup afterward.
Hueston Woods State Park in Preble County will host its 51st annual Maple Syrup Festival the weekends of March 4-5 and March 11-12 from 12-4 p.m. A pancake breakfast, with locally made syrup, will be available at the park lodge. Concessions will be made available by the Friends of Hueston Woods and the Museum Association. Visitors can go on maple syrup tours, hay rides and hikes through the Big Woods State Nature Preserve. The nature center will also be open during this time. For more information, call 513-524-4250.
Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking County will host events at the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center on March 11-12 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free tours around the naturalist cabin will be taking place from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Naturalists will demonstrate methods to make maple syrup and maple candy, and delicious samples will be available. For more information, call 740-385-6842.
Indian Lake State Park in Logan County is holding events on March 18-19 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free wagon rides will be available to visit the Sugar Shack for demonstrations on turning sap into maple syrup. Wagon rides will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday. For a small fee ($5 for adults and $3 for kids), visitors can enjoy a pancake breakfast with sausage and beverages from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday. There will be pints, quarts and gallons of syrup for sale. For more information, call 937-843-2717.