Hocking Hills State Park

sp HOCKING HILLS STREAMAdmission to Hocking Hills State Park is free.

  • Open daily dawn to dusk
  • Location: (Map It) On State Route 664, just west of Logan, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-385-6842
  • Web: Click here

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Hocking Hills State Parks:  This is probably the purest and most beautiful natural landscape in Ohio. In fact, unless you’ve been there, you wouldn’t believe that such a breathtaking place could be found in Ohio. Hocking Hills, located in southeastern Ohio, features extraordinarily picturesque caves, waterfalls, forest, gorges, abundant wildlife, rock outcrops and elevated views. The featured attractions are as follows:

  • Old Man’s Cave: Most people talk of Hocking Hills and Old Man’s Cave synonymously. It is a long stretch of valley that basically has it all. From the rocky cavernous terrain along Old Man’s Cave to streams, cliffs, undercut rock, waterfall and plant life.
  • Ash Cave: This is an enormous cave-like ridge with an impressive view from the bottom or top – both of which are assessable. It is very high and very wide. People walking along the bottom inner-rim look like ants as you hike toward them along the beautiful gorge. And on a good day, it has water flowing from the cave’s peak to a pond floor at the bottom.
  • Rock House: No, no music here. Instead, it is basically a cave/cliff with natural window views through the rock. Inside, you may feel like this is a house that could have been used on The Flintstones. It has a spectacular view of the greenery and valley resting far below.
  • Cedar Falls: This is a great place to relax and enjoy the rhythm of the pounding water. It has moss-covered cliffs and plenty of natural beauty surrounding the area.
  • Cantwell Cliffs: A bit more remote to reach compared to other Hocking Hill’s highlights, Cantwell Cliffs is worth it. It’s plush forestry, deep valley and narrow passageway along the valley floor will certainly be appreciated by all.
  • Conkles Hollow: This area has hiking trails high along the cliffs or along the gorge floor. In any case, it is amidst a refreshing wilderness that seems untouched.

Hocking Hills provides a variety of recreational opportunities in a splendid natural setting. Towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep hemlock-shaded gorges lure the hiker and naturalist and serve as a backdrop to popular facilities and accommodations. The natural history of this region is as fascinating as the caves are beautiful. Forty gas-heated, air-conditioned, family housekeeping cottages sleep up to six persons. Each cottage has two bedrooms (one with two twin beds; one with a double bed), bath with a shower, living room with a trundle sofa, gas-burning fireplace, microwave, complete kitchen, dining area and screened porch. The dining lodge contains a restaurant, meeting rooms, TV lounge, game room, snack bar and an outside swimming pool. There are miles of trail located throughout the park and adjacent state forest. These trails are beautiful as well as potentially dangerous: caution and common sense are advised. Young children should be closely supervised while in these areas. All park visitors must remain on the trails at all times.