Corkscrew Falls

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Tech Info:

  • Camera: NIKON D3X
  • Lens: 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 62mm
  • Shutter: 2 sec
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: F/11

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This Photo's ID: 1651

Awards / Publications:

  • 3rd Place Open Landscape 2011 National Center For Nature Photography Annual Photo Contest (against 556 total entries). It came in behind my other two shots, Blazing Sunset and Miner's Beach Starburst Sunset.
Field Notes Print Info


NOTE – I was recently told this area now has a “No Trespassing” sign posted. As such, I can not respond to any request for directions nor will I be personally visiting it again. Sorry. 

OK, first off, no clue if that’s what the actual name of this falls is. In fact, I think it’s an unnamed falls, so we’re going with Corkscrew. Sound good? Cool 😀

At any rate, I had heard about this falls when doing a little Hocking Hills internet research. (BTW – At the time I did not know if it was on private property or not – I did not see any “No Trespassing” signs, but that has now changed. The owners have posted below and don’t want people visiting the site. Please respect their wishes and DO NOT attempt to visit this falls.)

The pool you see in the photo is REALLY deep – you can only get so far before the real swimming starts. (Not that I’d recommend it – who knows what kind of currents may lurk below?)

As I was shooting, my 10 year old son Grant was behind me having a good time messing around in the shallow creek. Every shot or so I’d peek back and make sure he was OK.

At one point, juuuusssttt as I was turning to look back, I see him lose his footing and SPLASH! Right on his butt! At first I had that tinge of panic you get as a parent when something like that happens, but soon we were both laughing about it. I told him, “Hey, welcome to the club! If you don’t fall in every now and then, you ain’t doin’ it right!”

He was a good sport about the whole thing so I finished up my photos. Then, back up the hill and off to get some dry clothes.

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23 Responses to Corkscrew Falls

  1. Jane Jimeno says:

    Please put this picture as a choice for wallpapter. I would love to use it.

  2. Darlene says:

    Steve, I love your Hocking Hills pictures. Hocking Hills is a beautiful place. I have vacationed there five times and would love to relocate there one day. The trails are wonderful. My favorite place is Conkles Hollow! Where exactly did you find the Corkscrew Falls as you call them? Would like to see them on my next trip there. Sure wish my pictures would come out half as nice as yours. I just got a new camera so maybe next time they will be better. Your tips are great too.

  3. Jeff Sagar says:

    Hi Steve…I have photographed in Hocking Hills State Park a many times and have never seen your “Corkscrew Falls.” If you wouldn’t you mind sharing how to find it, I’d appreciate it. Thanks.

  4. michael fetherolf says:

    I was beginning to think no-one but myself could take good pics of the area, but I was wrong. Thank you for using correct white ballance. It looks like you also used HDR on the shots. I am going in the spring to shoot HDR as I just purchased Photomatix. Looking forward to veiwing other pics you have taken.

  5. Greg says:

    jeeeezzzzz. this is simply idyllic. i sure hope heaven is like this. Steve u certainly have a nak for finding these jewels. By the way where on earth is Hocking Hills S.P.???

  6. Dixie says:

    Great shot! I can’t tell from your photo the size of the falls. There’s nothing there to give it scale. What’s the height? The picture makes it look massive.

  7. Ashley says:

    Could you give the specific directions on how to find this please?

    • Jim says:

      Your photos are amazing. I thought I had seen all the falls in Hocking Hills. I’ve got to see this one in person, too. I would love for you to send me the location of this beauty.

  8. Jason says:

    This is beautiful. I’ve been wanting to visit Hocking Hills for awhile. Would you be able to Email the specific location of this waterfall in the area?

  9. Scott says:

    Incredible, I would love to see itin person.

  10. Theresa says:

    Your photos are just beautiful! I have such a hard time deciding which ones I like more.

  11. Jim Long says:

    Wonderful shot Steve! I know where this is and I can’t think of a more wonderful image of it. What time of year was this taken????? Did you use hdr? and however did you manage your tripod on those slippery rocks!!!!!?


    • Steve says:

      Thanks Jim –

      This was in the spring, May I think. It’s got a little blending for the highlights going on, but that’s about it.

      And yeah, those rocks were slick – my son even took a fall on ’em.


  12. willy Thomas says:

    have seen this photo on Pintrest and was impressed with the clarity. I have been there and not able to get close enough to get as good a shot as this. . . . .Willy

  13. SR says:

    Hello, Steve. This is private property, you are correct. Thank you for respecting my “No Trespassing” signs and not disclosing the location to others; I truly appreciate this. If possible, could you please remove the previous user’s post that gives the location? Thank you. Beautiful image, by the way. Not being a photographer myself, I have yet to take a photograph that truly captures the beauty of this place.

    • Stephanie says:


      I’m not sure if this is going to make a difference or not but hey, It’s worth a try. I have searched the owner of this private property for a while now and this is as close as I could get, so pardon for not being more disclosed. My fiance and I had our first date here several years ago. We visited the beautiful place often but have not returned since the “No Trespassing” signs were posted. We have an immense respect for the Earth and other people and have hauled away bags of trash that we found there on several occasions, in order to try and keep this place amazing.

      The reason for this reply is to ask for permission to say our wedding vows here. It would be a very small ceremony (10-15 people). We would be willing to sign waver in case of an accident and consider other legal arrangements you would have.

      I sincerely apologize for any boundaries that I may have crossed. It is just that we could think of no other place that would be more perfect to us to share our special day!

      Thank You for your time!


      • This is So sad says:

        Imagine if everyone owned all the natural beautiful places that happen to be on their property? No one would ever photograph anything in this amazing world. If the owner of that property reads this… Please respect the art of photography. I think it trumps all greed of owning property. In my opinion I think property like this should never be sold to private families that are going to privatize land like this. I can see putting up signs in case someone gets injured on their property, but not really keeping it off limits. I don’t know how people live with themselves. Money doesn’t equal what this waterfall is worth to the world. To believe she reply to this. I’m shaking my head. It’s a shame.

  14. Kim Brown says:

    This falls is on private property. I am a member of the family who owns part of it. We WILL prosecute trespassers (Yes, we are tired of the mess). It is NOT in the State Park. Do not violate the laws, please. Besides, the photo, while beautiful, misrepresents the falls, which is no taller than 7′ high at best. Water does not always fall over the rock formation. Your visit will be disappointing and illegal.

  15. Michael Cordeira says:

    Posting trail cameras up and poisonous snake signs will eliminate all trespassers, I know what I’m talking about. Sit back and enjoy the free cash coming in from the fines against those license plates legally recorded and submitted to the courts for prosecution. A good lawyer will charge a standard fee, most cases involve fines mailed to trespassers and very few enter the courtroom since those photos of lic. plates are admissible in court. Hope this helps the owners. Eight million places to photograph, leave these people alone. It’s their families treasure not the publics. By Ohio State law. Understanding their desire to keep you safe and off their property.

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