There are a few different trail options in this area depending on where you start. We stopped at the visitor's center first and then headed for the Upper Falls for some photos. This huge recess cave got its name from a hermit named Richard Rowe who lived in the cave here back in the early s.
And here, tumbling down a sandstone chute, is Cedar Falls. The falls are at their peak in the spring, and it's not uncommon to find people swimming or soaking their feet here when it's warm. I'm fairly certain this isn't actually allowed within state parks, though, so swim at your own risk! The most popular hike in Hocking Hills is to Ash Cave, a giant recess cave with a small waterfall tumbling over it.
The hike to Ash Cave is only about half a mile long and is along a paved trail, making it accessible for nearly everyone. To get to the cave from the main parking lot, you walk through a narrow gorge filled with hemlock and beech trees that suddenly opens up into the cave — it's quite impressive!
Ash Cave itself is shaped a bit like a horseshoe and measures feet wide and about 90 feet high. If you want to make a day of hiking, there's a 6-mile trail that starts at Upper Falls in the Old Man's Cave area and then continues on to Cedar Falls and then Ash Cave. Because of the Hocking Hills' natural topography, it's actually kind of perfect for zip lining — which is probably why there are now multiple companies offering the activity in the area!
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours also offers an off-road Segway adventure , which is an insanely fun way to explore the park and surrounding forest. After all that outdoor adventure, you may need to add in a more relaxing activity in order to balance things out. They've already started serving their own locally-grown and crafted wines, along with others that they make with grape juice from around the world.
Are there scenic drives through Hocking Hills? - Logan Forum - TripAdvisor
The coolest thing about this winery is that since they don't serve food beyond appetizers, they welcome patrons to order meals from local restaurants, or to bring their own food and use the grills on the outdoor patio. How cool is that?? There are a variety of campsites in Hocking Hills State Park, and many visitors choose to pitch a tent or bring a camper van for the weekend.
But for the true Hocking Hills experience, you'll need to rent a cabin in the woods. Cabin rentals can be found throughout the county, many within a few miles' drive from the best hiking trails. Most will come fully equipped with a kitchen and barbecue or fire pit, and the good ones will have a hot tub out on the back porch so you can properly unwind and enjoy the nature.
Our cabin had a full kitchen and a hot tub on the back porch and made for the perfect romantic getaway with a heavy dose of nature. And this of course is not an exhaustive list of everything you can do in the Hocking Hills! You can also rent canoes on Lake Logan and Lake Hope, go horseback riding through the park, or even go antique shopping in nearby Logan. Check out this site for even more info on visiting the Hocking Hills.
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I live in Cincinnati and this place is great for a day trip so beautiful especially at different times of year. The Grandma Gatewood Trail was named after Emma Gatewood — the Ohioan who was the first woman to solo thru-hike the 2,mile Appalachian Trail in after raising 11 children and surviving domestic abuse!
She also helped start the Buckeye Trail and she loved that area in Hocking Hills. What a beautiful place! It seems like the Hocking Hills are a great place for a fun adventure. We still scrambled along the trail to see the frozen water falls. It was totally worth it.
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Sometimes, I forget that Ohio is a pretty awesome place! Ohio IS a pretty awesome place! And Hocking Hills in the winter sounds awesome — the photos of frozen waterfalls always look so cool! I keep thinking how lucky you guys are in the US when it comes to nature and wildlife. All the more reason for me to return to the US one day.
Are there scenic drives through Hocking Hills? - Logan Forum
I would love to visit all those beautiful spots and NPs. Do you know anything about tent camping in Hocking Hills State Park? I have a friend living in Ohio trying to convince me to come out there and hike and camp and Hocking Hills was one. Looks stunning, I want to go soon! America is such a big country, there are just so many hidden places most people have no idea exist. I have heard of Hocking Hills, but had no idea how beautiful it is!
This is gorgeous! I was so surprised to see photos like these from Ohio that I asked my husband who grew up near Dayton about Hocking Hills. It looks like such a charming place, we love all the lush green surroundings! This particular destination is well-loved for its diverse landscapes, incredible hiking paths and mesmerizing natural features that never cease to captivate the imagination of outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.
The effects of the waterways and erosion on these walls give hikers an amazing look at the changes in the earth over the course of history. Continuing on, hikers get a close up look at waterfalls cascading over these gorge rocks. Impressive and thrilling, cascade seekers will find themselves returning time and again to this scenic destination. The gorge can be followed for approximately half a mile, making this trek moderately difficult but not impossible for less experienced hikers. Those who appreciate a peaceful wander along the trail will want to arrive early in the morning as this destination is popular with locals and tourists and tends to get crowded by mid-afternoon.
The team at Buffalo Lodging Company is happy to book you into a stunning rental cabin that keeps you close to the hiking trails you long to explore while providing luxurious features to take your trip over the top.