Who knew that you could see this kind of natural beauty in the middle of Ohio?! The Hocking Hills area features gorgeous cliffs, gorges, rock shelters, and waterfalls. Located just an hour outside of Columbus, it offers hiking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and more.
Known as “Southeastern Ohio's Scenic Wonderland,” it has received recognition as a top park to visit. This nature paradise does come at the cost of good cell service though.
Ash Cave is a breathtaking beauty located in the southernmost area. It’s the largest recess cave in the state and my favorite place to visit in the area!
Old Man’s Cave
The most popular area in all of Hocking Hills is Old Man's Cave. Its name is purportedly descended from a hermit who lived in the large recess cave of the gorge in the early 1800’s.
Cedar Falls is a big draw for visitors and is the largest waterfall by volume in the region. It used to house a grist mill above the falls.
Canoeing / Kayaking
A trip down Hocking River is a great way to spend the afternoon. I’m not much of a canoer, so we opted for kayaks during the 7-mile trip. The river can feel a bit crowded on summer weekends, so be prepared if this is when you visit.
Many visitors choose to rent rustic cabins immersed in the natural forest. There are also hotel and B&B offerings. Our favorite is The Inn at Cedar Falls which is reviewed here.
The locally owned Coffee Emporium is my favorite place to grab a cup of coffee in Hocking Hills. It offers a wide selection of hot and cold coffee beverages. It also has my favorite blueberry scone—which does sell out sometimes!
My favorite place to eat in Hocking Hills is Kindred Spirits. This is the on-site restaurant at the Inn at Cedar Falls. You don’t have to be a guest to make a dinner reservation here, so stop by! A more in-depth review of the restaurant can be found on this page discussing the Inn at Cedar Falls.
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