Discover Ohio and our 10 favorite things to visit in Hocking Hills! Just southeast of Columbus, Ohio is a beautiful region in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains called Hocking Hills.
Just southeast of Columbus, Ohio is a beautiful region in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains called Hocking Hills. The region is rather large and is an entire county full of gorgeous state parks to hike and explore.
Hocking Hills is my favorite place to commune with nature, and I want to share some of my favorite family friendly places to visit while I’m there.
The hiking in Hocking Hills is amazing, and within the Hocking Hills state park there is over 30 miles of marked trails to explore. There is something for everyone here, from casual walkers to athletic hikers.
Ash Cave is a paved trail that is wheelchair, stroller, and leashed-pet friendly. This trail includes pretty waterfalls, huge, towering hemlock trees, and a recessed cave to explore. Open all year round, the trail is beautiful no matter what season it is.
Cedar Falls trail is described as a “wild and secluded, but spectacularly beautiful” place. It may be one of the most enjoyable hikes there. The 40 minute trail is popular with winter hikers and boasts large, moss-covered rock formations and one of the largest waterfalls in the park.
Old Man’s Cave is a 1 mile rugged hike through the middle of the gorge. It includes tunnels, bridges, and more amazing waterfalls and rock formations.
Conkle’s Hollow is yet another beautiful hiking spot, and this one has two options. The lower trail is an easier hike and suitable for children, while the upper trail is at the top of some tall cliffs and is a more dangerous adventure. Pets are not allowed in this part of the park as it is a Nature Preserve.
Cantwell Cliffs is a moderately difficult hike with deep valleys and cliffs, as well as some tight squeezes. It’s worth it to see the gorgeous views though.
Rockhouse is situated halfway up a 150 foot cliff. This cave is said to have been a hideout for criminals in years past and it’s amazing to imagine people living in this place. This trail is fairly difficult, and children must be carefully supervised near the cliffs.
The Hemlock Bridge Trail is the newest trail in the park system in Hocking Hills. A swinging bridge gives it the name, and visitors won’t be disappointed with the views along the trail.
When you’ve had enough hiking, there are other things to do here that the whole family will love.
Adventure Golf Mini Golf is one of the most beautiful miniature golf experiences you can have. Flowers, streams, and a waterfall are in the background while you putt! There is a petting zoo on site as well, a perfect way to spend an afternoon with family.
If you have kids under 8 years old, the AHA! Hands on Adventure Museum is a must-visit. This play museum is a wonderful educational opportunity that everyone will enjoy.
The Hocking Hills KOA will let you pan for gems or gold. This part of the KOA is open to public, you just pay for your mining kit! Price points vary based on what you’d like to find while you’re mining.
Make sure to visit this post on gluten free places (post coming soon) to eat in Hocking Hills so that you can finish your day with a nice, hearty dinner. I’m always starving after all of the outdoor activity that Hocking Hills has to offer.
Let’s talk! Leave me a comment telling me which place you’d visit first! Or if you’ve been here, where did you go?