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Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills State Park



The Area

Hocking Hills State Park is located in southeastern Ohio, and is a region that’s been considered a scenic attraction for well over 100 years for those who have travelled through this beautiful region in the state of Ohio. Located off State Route 664, Hocking Hills provides a variety of recreational opportunities in a spectacular natural setting and has received high praise worldwide as a top park to visit. No matter the time or season, Hocking Hills is brilliant year-round. The park features massive cliffs, waterfalls, and deep, hemlock-shaded gorges that provide a unique backdrop throughout the park.



What's here?

Hocking Hills offers a variety of things to see and do for all who come to visit the park. A few things to list that you may find at the park are:

  • cabins and cottages for lodging
  • camping sites that offer electricity, camper cabins, group camps, and primitive camping
  • several hiking trails that’ll lead you to key areas of interest throughout the park
  • biking and canoeing for those that are active
  • seasonally, Ohio State Park Naturalists offer daily programs along with special events

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Things to do

Hiking

Hocking Hills State Park offers loads of hiking regions that are all now one-way trail systems. You can discover 7 different hiking areas of the park that include maps, directions, and trail information of which you can obtain at the Hocking Hills State Park Visitor Center:


Ash Cave - Hocking Hills State Park

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  • Ash Cave - This trail is approximately a 1/2 mile long and takes about 40 minutes to hike. It is a one-way trail system but wheelchair accessible (to a series of steps that are a strenuous climb). Hikers trek a wheelchair-accessible, asphalt trail through a beautiful gorge lined with stately hemlocks and cliff walls. Halfway, there is a recess cave and a seasonal waterfall. After reaching the cave/waterfall area, hikers (barring wheelchair-users) must continue on the one-way trail system and up a series of steps to the rim trail, which leads (if turning right) back along the rim to the parking lot (or 2.3 miles to Cedar Falls if turning left). The path is marked with signs.


Old Man's Cave - Hocking Hills State Park

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  • Old Man’s Cave - This one-way loop trail is approximately 1 to 1.5 miles long and begins at the kiosk at Upper Falls. This hike may be considered strenuous for those who are not physically fit, do not hike regularly, or have health issues such as knee surgeries or heart problems. It involves a moderate to a steep incline, uneven steps, cliff edges, and steeper terrain. It is not suitable for young children or pets.

Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park

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  • Rock House - Rock House Loop Trail is about 1 mile. The trail to Rock House has steps, a strenuous grade, and beautiful views year-round. Hikers enter from either the upper or lower parking lot, but both trails come together and exit at the shelter house (at the top).

Conkle's Hollow - Hocking Hills State Park

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  • Conkle’s Hollow - Conkle's Hollow has an Upper Trail and a Lower Trail. The Upper has cliff views, steps, and is strenuous. The Lower Trail also has small recess caves and a boardwalk. The Lower Trail is wheelchair accessible. This hike may be considered strenuous for those who are not physically fit, do not hike regularly, or have health issues such as knee surgeries or heart problems. It involves a moderate to steep incline, uneven steps, 70 to 100-foot cliff drops, paths with visible roots, and steep terrain. It is not suitable for young children, unfit adults, or pets.

Cedar Falls - Hocking Hills State Park

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  • Cedar Falls - This path is approximately a 1/2 mile long and relatively strenuous with steps. It is a one-way trail system with a waterfall, bridges, and unique rock formations. Halfway, hikers can take in the beauty of a seasonal waterfall reached by hiking a rugged trail down steps and along a dirt path. After getting to the cave/waterfall area, hikers continue along the one-way trail system through beautiful rock formations, a boardwalk, and up series of steps. The trail is clearly marked with signs. This hike may be considered strenuous for those who are not physically fit, do not hike regularly, or have health issues such as knee surgeries or heart problems. It involves a moderate incline, steps, and steeper terrain.
  • Cantwell Cliffs - This path is the most rugged in the park system, remote, and a one-way in and one-way out loop. There are over two miles of trail with two loops, each being one mile. It takes approximately 60 to 80 minutes to hike each loop of the trail.
  • Whispering Cave - This trail is a 5-mile loop without a turnaround as it is one-way. If you are taking this hike, you must plan for the entire 5 miles. It has a swinging bridge and one waterfall. This hike may be considered strenuous for those who are not physically fit, do not hike regularly, or have health issues such as knee surgeries or heart problems. It involves a moderate to a steep incline, uneven steps, cliff edges, and steeper terrain. It is not suitable for young children or pets.

Camping

Hocking Hills State Park Campground
GPS Coordinates:
( 39.435117, -82.533587 )
Website:
thehockinghills.org
Contacts:
Reservations: 866-644-6727

If you’re up for spending the night outdoors, Hocking Hills State Park Campground offers camping all year round, even for RV campers! No matter what type of camping or “glamping” you’re into, Hocking Hills offers you great outdoor living. The following are some of the amenities that you may find at Hocking Hills State Park Campground:

  • 156 electric sites (with 20, 30 or 50 amp electric) and 13 non-electric sites.
  • Each site has a paved pad and can accommodate up to a 50' unit.
  • Heated showers. Flush toilets. Laundry facility. Dump station. Camp store. Swimming pool for registered campers. Playgrounds. Volleyball court and horseshoe pit.
  • There are also 30 walk-in family sites with pit latrines.
  • Camper cabins. Primitive Campground. Tent-only group camps are available by reservation.

Activities

There’s lots more other things to do in and around Hocking Hills State Park than camping and hiking. Here’s a small list of other activities that you may find here to do that may interest you:

  • Archery - An archery range with five static targets and 22 3D targets is open from daylight until dark year-round. Archers must bring their own equipment.
  • Boating - The park's 17-acre Rose Lake is available for paddling and boats with electric motors.  It is easy to hand launch boats, but boats must be carried in on a half-mile hiking trail which is located off of State Route 374. Registered campers have about 300 feet of shore access to the lake.
  • Bridle Trails - The park offers 5 miles of bridle trail. An additional 33 miles of bridle trail are located in Hocking State Forest. The system, one of the most popular riding destinations in Ohio, is available to riders with their own mounts.
  • Fishing - Fishing is allowed at the 17-acre Rose Lake. Access is off of State Route 374 via a 1/2-mile hiking trail off of State Route 374.  Anglers will enjoy catching rainbow trout, channel catfish, bass, and blue gill. Under the proper conditions, park visitors can enjoy ice fishing during winter months.
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnicking - The park offers several picnic areas with tables, grills, and latrines at popular areas in the park.

Map to Hocking Hills State Park


Other things to do in Logan, Ohio

  • Hocking Hills Winery - Founded in 2013, Hocking Hills Winery is a family owned and operated winery, located in the heart of the Hocking Hills. They produce quality wines from local grapes as well as grapes from around the world. Come by their place for a tasting and stay to enjoy a glass or bottle by the fire or on our patio. Visit their Facebook page for upcoming events!
  • John Glenn Astronomy Park - The John Glenn Astronomy Park is dedicated to sparking an interest in science, learning, and exploration by sharing with visitors the wonders of the sky, both day and night. Visitors to JGAP during the day will get views of the closest star to the Earth, our own Sun, through telescopes with special filters. Families will also enjoy astronomical activities in and around the park. At night, visitors will get a chance to see stunning views through the enormous 28-inch telescope in the roll-off roof observatory.  The moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies will be seen.  And, if there happens to be a bright comet in view, we will look at that too!
  • Fox’s High Rock Farm - Farm friendly fun for the whole family! For a small admission fee, guests can get up close and interact with their animals. Come laugh at a goat, rub a pig's belly, or hug a lamb while cows and horses patiently wait their turn for some attention-and treats! Animal feed is available for an additional fee.


Other nearby attractions

  • Jack Pine Studio - Get a rare glimpse of true artists at work. You can get a front-row seat to the magic of hand-blown glass art yourself. Their studio is located less than a mile from the Rock House in the heart of Hocking Hills. After your live demonstration, shop in their beautiful new glass gallery, featuring incredible one-of-a-kind glass pieces perfect for your home or as a gift. They offer introduction workshops on the weekend. Get a chance to blow your own piece of glass art with the help of a glass artist. Visit their website to sign up as class space is limited.
  • Nelsonville Emporium - From their humble beginnings in 2004 as a pottery studio, Nelsonville Emporium has grown with the love and support of their wonderful community into a one-of-a-kind gift shop. Their shelves are filled with the work of local artists -- their kitchen, which opened in 2017, produces tasty treats from only the freshest ingredients. Nelsonville Emporium is proud to represent more than 120 artists, whose wares include pottery, fine woodwork, jewelry, clothing, artisan soaps, artisan chocolates, and everything in between, and are committed to giving back to their town as much as it has given to them. This principle guides every step of their process and shows in every pretzel, apple crisp, and pepperoni roll they create. Stop by for a taste of Ohio as it used to be -- as it should be -- and as it is becoming once more.


Where to Stay

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Charles H.

Man of many hats, lover of road trips, not a fan of flats.

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