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. In my opinion, it’s one of the most beautiful places in Ohio.
The hiking in Hocking Hills is amazing, and within the Hocking Hills state park there are over 30 miles of marked trails to explore. There is something for everyone here, from casual walkers to athletic hikers.
10 Things to Do in Hocking Hills
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.
Even more fun things to do in Hocking Hills
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 the 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.
If you are looking for a place to stay, I would suggest The Inn at Cedar Falls or Cedar Grove Lodging!
I can’t rave enough about the things to do in Hocking Hills. From state forests to all the varying lakes, you and your family are certain to have an amazing time exploring it all. The next time that you decide to plan a family visit in Ohio, Hocking Hills needs to be on your radar.
You’re certain to see towering cliffs and waterfalls and deep lakes that seem to go on for miles. Don’t forget about all the caves as well!
One thing is for certain. There are too many items and fun things to do in Hocking Hill that meet the eye. Plan your family-friendly vacation today!
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