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Hocking Hills State Park, New Plymouth

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From gorges to waterfalls, and rock shelters to cliffs, natural beauty abounds in Hocking Hills State Park. The massive park is split into five sections, named for their top features: Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, and Rock House. The most popular, Old Man’s Cave, is a deep gorge named for one of its early inhabitants, recluse Richard Rowe who made the cave his home in the late 1700s. Many companies offer organized activities such as canoeing, horseback riding, and ziplining. You can also choose to make use of the many hiking trails, fishing spots, or fully equipped campgrounds. Before you head to New Plymouth, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly New Plymouth trip builder site, to make sure you see all that New Plymouth has to offer, including Hocking Hills State Park.
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  • Often when you read rave reviews about a place you wonder if they can be true…. In this case we were amazed at how beautiful the place was. We walked from upper falls, to old man’s cave and to lower.....  more
    Often when you read rave reviews about a place you wonder if they can be true…. In this case we were amazed at how beautiful the place was. We walked from upper falls, to old man’s cave and to lower.....  more »
  • Park Rangers at the Visitors Center were very knowledgable and we appreciated their recommendations on the best hikes for our family on our first visit. Will definitely return next time we are in... 
    Park Rangers at the Visitors Center were very knowledgable and we appreciated their recommendations on the best hikes for our family on our first visit. Will definitely return next time we are in...  more »
  • Incredible place to visit in Ohio. If you can plan it at all, go during the week, and the earlier the better! Weekends are insane and can completely ruin the experience. We have a family of four (all....  more
    Incredible place to visit in Ohio. If you can plan it at all, go during the week, and the earlier the better! Weekends are insane and can completely ruin the experience. We have a family of four (all....  more »
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  • This is an amazing place to visit if you get the chance! We stayed for 3 days but would have loved more time to explore. Bring your serious walking shoes and be ready to walk and climb. We took our two children, ages 9 1/2 and 7, and they were able to fully participate and enjoy! The beauty is incredible. Don't forget the camera!!
  • Absolutely beautiful! We stayed in the getaway cabins. Paws #43 and has a great stay for my birthday. The property managers had a special note and bottle of wine for us to celebrate! All their main attractions are beautiful to explore but there are so many other areas off of the beaten path as well. Recommend exploring the nature preserve. You can explore inside the gorge which is so pretty it doesn't even seem real and then it is a must to conquer the enormous amount of stairs and hike the top of the gorge!
  • Absolutely beautiful place! You have to see it with your own eyes. Hikes to some places were challenging but doable but will leave you sore if you aren't in shape like me. The family hike in campsite was also very nice. Most sites are secluded from the others so privacy was good. Overall this place should be on many bucket lists.
  • This is a really amazing park. The scenic destinations are well developed and maintained for public access. Really breathtaking scenery for this part of the states. The state park itself has some great camping. We appreciated the care of the sites, the bath houses, dump stations, etc... The staff in the campground office were also super helpful and everyone just has great customer service skills. Top marks!
  • This was a random place a small group decided to visit for an extended weekend and it turned out to be such a great decision. We went for the hiking, caves, trails and waterfalls, and it did not disappoint except for one small part. The views were amazing but not tops views over the landscape, here is all about the stuff underneath, the gorges, rock formations and caves. The only disappointing thing was the timing of our visit and the waterfalls, it was end of August and the whole place was dried up. It was a hot period, bit of a drought and as the website mentions they are 'seasonal' waterfalls, i guess we missed that part. But the website was the best place to get the info on the trails, it was pretty much exactly as stated. All trails are one way and most loop to the same starting point if not for a short walk to the parking lot. I found it was better than All Trails app, which did combine many of the different trails, which do lead from one trail to the next but you would have to walk through the forest to get to each one and then be a good distance away from your car, so we just went into each one and drove to the next. I would say you could cram it all in in two days if you are hard core or handle it moderately in three with plenty to do in the area later in the day. Also nearly none of the trails were say easy, just walking on the ground, a lot of climbing, steps and a bit of hard work but enjoyable. Surely will be a repeat destination at some point in our lives, when there is a good chance of seeing the waterfalls and we could fly instead of drive. We came from outside Phila so a bit of a drive but manageable.

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