Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills State Park

Quick Facts

Hocking Hills State Park

Ohio

(740) 385-6842

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Things To Do

Overview

Hocking Hills provides a variety of recreational opportunities in a splendid natural setting. The 2,356-acre park has towering cliffs, caves, waterfalls, and deep hemlock-shaded gorges to lure the hiker and naturalist and serve as a backdrop to popular facilities and accommodations. Here, in these sandstones and shales, one can read Ohio's history from the rocks. The scenic features of the six areas of the Hocking Hills State Park complex are carved in the Blackhand sandstone. This bedrock was deposited more than 350 million years ago as a delta in the warm shallow sea which covered Ohio at that time. Subsequent millions of years of uplift and stream erosion created the awesome beauty seen today. The sandstone varies in composition and hardness from softer, loosely cemented middle zone to harder top and bottom layers. The recess caves at Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave and Cantwell Cliffs are all carved in the softer middle zone. Weathering and erosion widened cracks found in the middle layer of sandstone at the Rock House to create that unusual formation.

Map of Hocking Hills (OH)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.394835, -82.545040

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    This park offers two mountain bike trails.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can tour this park's forests and rock formations along Chapel Ridge Road, SR 374, and other nearby roads.

  • Camping

    This park has 156 electric sites (with 20, 30 or 50 amp electric) and13 non-electric sites. Each site has a paved pad and can accommodate up to a 50' unit. Visitors can enjoy heated showers, flush toilets, laundry facility, dump station, a camp store, a swimming pool for registered campers, playgrounds, a volleyball court, and horse shoe pit. Tent-only group camps are available by reservation. There are also 30 walk-in family sites with pit latrines. There are also 40 cottages and three camper cabins available for rent.

  • Climbing

    Rock climbing/rappelling area is available in the adjacent 9,238 acre Hocking State Forest.

  • Fishing

    Valid Ohio fishing license is required to fish in the 17-acre Rose Lake. Access is off State Route 374 via a 1/2-mile hiking trail.

  • Hiking

    There are miles of hiking trails 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 on the hiking trails. All park visitors must remain on the marked trails at all times. There are nine hiking trails in the park. Portions of the Buckeye Trail go through the park and surrounding state forest.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is available through nearby private vendors.

  • Picnicking

    There are five picnic areas with tables, grills, latrines, and drinking water that are located at each of the recess caves. There are also four shelters available. Picnic shelters can be reserved online or by calling 866-644-6727. All 5 picnic areas are Carry In Carry Out areas. No trash cans are available. Please bring trash bags with you.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming pool outside the dining lodge that is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Memorial Day to Labor Day. This pool is open to the general public for a small daily fee.

  • Winter Sports

    Ice fishing is available in the winter.

Seasonality/Weather

This park is open year-round.

Directions

Driving

From Cleveland, Ohio: Take I-71 South to Columbus. Take 270 East toward Wheeling, WV to U.S. 33 East (Lancaster Exit) Travel East to Logan, Exit on 664 South.

From Columbus, Ohio: Take U.S. 33 East through Lancaster to Logan, Ohio and exit onto State Route 664 South From Cincinnati, Ohio: Take I-71 North towards Columbus. Watch for and take State Route 56 East through Mt. Sterling. Continue on State Route 56 East through Circleville and Laurelville to South Bloomingville, Ohio. In South Bloomingville take State Route 664 North approximately 4 miles to the park.

From Toledo, Ohio: Take I *75 South to Findlay, get on State Route 23 to Columbus. Take I-270 East towards Wheeling to U.S. 33 East (Lancaster Exit). Travel East tot Logan, Exit 664 South.

From Logan, Ohio: Take 664 South approximately 12 miles to park area.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(740) 385-6842

Campground reservations

(866) 644-6727

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