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Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

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#1 of 61 in Nature in Ohio
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 Zaleski, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Zaleski trip builder site , to make sure you see all that Zaleski has to offer, including Hocking Hills State Park.
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Hocking Hills State Park Reviews
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  • What an amazing park; nature at its best! We drove to Old Man's Cave parking lot, got a map at the visitor center and headed down. There are stairs behind the visitor center and to the left, that take...  more »
  • The hiking trails are varied in level and always beautiful in every season. Favorite hike is still the Old Man's Cave loop hike...and all additions around the loop (total is 4-6mi...depending on which...  more »
  • Landscape was great. Loved the canyon walls, trees, and water. Was a tad wet and cold so was not over crowded. Am a dog lover, but it seemed 1 out of every 4 people had big dogs. The dogs were well be...  more »
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  • It's a beautiful Resort! If you are a hiker, then you will love it. It's great for bird watching and photography! There are so many trees, plants, animals, etc.. I love it and I'm sure you will too. Bring a water bottle tho, because it can get hot down in the caves and rocks. Come visit and have fun!
  • This is a very dog friendly place with so much to enjoy. There is a lot of parking, even on holidays though sometimes you have to park across the street. The place is huge with lots of paths, hills, rocks, and caves to play in. I usually end up doing about a 9 mile walk around the paths, and have a lot of fun doing it. Well maintained paths, beautiful scenery, and my favorite thing ever ... waterfalls! This place is definitely worth the drive for you and your doggy. A great way to spend the day.
  • This is a lovely state park with various levels of hiking - nothing above a moderate level. Many of the best views and sights can be reached from easy, short trails. All trails are well maintained. We're used to hiking at National Parks where "suspension bridge" is something barely above dental floss and toothpicks spanning a gorge. The suspension bridge here is well built and very structurally sound. Overall, a really impressive park.
  • This state park offers many beautiful views, and features several different points of interest along one road. On the day I visited, the park was fairly packed with families and young kids. Some of the areas are more tranquil, but I wasn't able to find anywhere out of earshot of the kids yelling. If I was going to go again, I would try to go early in the morning, or maybe during the school year and during school hours. All that said, the views really were amazing and it was worth the trip.
  • The natural scenery is amazing although we seemingly went during a dry season. All of the waterfalls were just trickles. I went in mid-June. The main attraction, Old Man's Cave was PACKED with tourists. Many of them seemed to be from out of the country, not English speaking. The amount of people there definitely killed the vibe for us. Perhaps they should start charging to enter to reduce the crowd. The attached picture shows one of the main waterfalls when you start hiking on Old Man's Cave.

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