“Southeastern Ohio's Scenic wonderland”
There is so much that makes Hocking Hills State Park unique. Cascading waterfalls, breathtaking cliffs, deep recess caves and forestland as far as the eye can see are just a few distinctive features of the region. But there is more.
Located in the picturesque sandstone region of Southeastern Ohio, Hocking Hills State Park encompasses some of the most scenic areas in the entire state. Rock outcrops, deep cool gorges, and waterfalls are found throughout the 6 main park areas. The pristine beauty of the area is enhanced by the abundance of wildlife found throughout the Hocking region. Visitors to the park can almost bet they'll see Ohio wildlife such as white tailed deer, wild turkey or even the cumbersome box turtle.
Hocking Hills State Park is a non-contiguous state park in the Hocking Hills region of Hocking County,Ohio, United States, it is contiguous with the Hocking State Forest.
The hollows and caves of the park complex have long attracted the peoples of Ohio. Evidence of the ancient Adena culture illustrates man first inhabited the recesses more than 7,000 years ago.
In the mid 1700's several Indian tribes traveled through or lived here including the Wyandot, Delaware and Shawnee. Their name for the river from which the park gets its name was Hockhocking of "bottle river". The name comes from the bottle-shaped valley of the Hocking River whose formation is due to its one-time blockage by glacial ice.
After the Greenville Treaty of 1795, numerous white settlers moved into the region and Hocking County was organized in 1818. The area around the parks began to develop in 1835 when a powder mill was built near Rock House and a grist mill was constructed at Cedar Falls.
Hocking Hills State Park complex today includes the six park areas. A dining lodge and cottages were opened in 1972. These cottages, together with a campground, provide overnight facilities in one of the most beautiful areas of our state.
The amount that is in this park as an overall is truly unreal. I went to every park that is apart of "Hocking Hills" and they are all truly amazing with their own unique features.
I have visited when it snowed and iced like crazy and I have also visited in the middle of the fall season and both occasions were absolutely unbelievable. This is a park that is not nearly as well known as it should be.
I made 2 trips there and would be more than happy to do it again.
Here are the 6 specific places to check out:
1) Cantwell Cliffs
2) Ash Cave
3) Old Man's Cave
4) Cedar Falls
5) Conkle's Hollow
6) Rock House
Got here in the middle of summer and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of water in the falls! Lots of hiking in the canyon which is mainly shaded so it can be hot as bad while hiking!
I live about an hour and a half from Hocking Hills and I would say I only get to go out there about two to three times a year at most. I have gone during the summer and it is beautiful! However, if you go in the mid-to-late fall it is absolutely gorgeous. The park is clean and beautiful. If I had to say what I least liked about this park, I would say that it has become a bit more "tourist-y" since some of the earlier times I have been there. But I don't blame everyone for wanting to go see this fantastic park.
visited here in July, absolutely beautiful! Old mans cave was awesome and it also has some history behind it, to make it even better. The hiking was not bad, I'm a beginner and did not have any trouble. Highly recommend! I'm sure it's beautiful in the fall with all the different colors as well
On a few websites it warned that the best time of year to visit Hocking Hills is during the spring because that's when there is the most water in the falls. However, we went in September and it was still beautiful. The different features in the park all have easy paths to take. A lot of the park has paths that lead you to the main attraction so it's not necessary to be a seasoned hiker to visit some of the beautiful picturesque sites. An added bonus is that if you do take the paths there are a lot of areas where you can take a personal detour off them and discover gorgeous hidden treasures. If you're planning on going, plan for a multiple day trip. There's a lot to see and you do not want to rush yourself through everything. We stayed two full days and only too breaks to eat and we didn't even get to see everything we wanted. If you love photography, I highly suggest Hocking Hills to snap a few photos.
The only two complaints I would have about Hocking Hills is that it is VERY touristy. Don't expect to not run into people every 5 minutes during the day. Also, kind of due to the touristy factor, there is some litter on trails.
Visited Old Man's Cave with two children ages 3 & 5. The cave and the falls at this location were beautiful. Very cool to walk on the riverbed. We went for a short hike toward the lake and saw a very interesting millipede. There were a variety of trails, shorter and longer. There are bathrooms and a picnic area with BBQ pits. Was kinda surprised there were not more trash cans in the picnic area.
One of the most beautiful places in the world.
Drove 2.5 hrs to get there and it was well worth the trip. I will be returning in late spring. Fall is a beautiful time to see it too but I am looking forward to all the greenery.
To call it one of the most beautiful areas of the state is not an exaggeration. It's very much worth the trip.
This park is amazing. We took a 6 mile hike to the falls and old man's cave. We were told there may not be a lot of water in the falls because it was summer but there was. Had a great time and would definitely go back.
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