“Southeastern Ohio's Scenic wonderland”
Home to a rich-biodiversity, towering cliffs, waterfalls, and deep gorges, Hocking Hills State Park has five separate sections: Old Man's Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs and Rock House. The park's newest edition --Whispering Caves -- is located on the Hemlock Bridge Trail.
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
Took my scout troop here in the spring of 2016, after many visits on my own and with my family. We did the hike from Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave, and one of the boys said "It looks like Middle Earth!" While the easy-access areas are cool, you owe it to yourself to get off the beaten path a bit. The crowds are much smaller and the scenery is even more wonderful. I also strongly recommend the Conkle's Hollow rim trail, especially in the Fall. Be careful with little ones, though, because there are a lot of drop offs, and it's a long way down.
Absolutely LOVED Hocking Hills! We drove 5 hours from Michigan to get there and it was absolutely worth it. I would go more often if I could! We hit Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, Old Mans Cave, Conkle's Hollow, Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs, checked out Lake Logan, and then ended the trip with Rockbridge. I would highly recommend each and everyone of them except for Lake Logan. Beautiful lake but nothing for us to do there (unless we missed something that we're unaware of...). We went for a three day weekend in the end of August and I can't wait to go back some day in the Fall.
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.
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