Top Things to Do in Ohio's Hocking Hills
Columbus Washboard Company
Still turning out washboards by hand, the Logan factory holds guided tours weaving history with fun tales of washboard use. (As of June 2022, temporarily paused during a move; check website for details.)
Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve
Waterfalls cascade over the sheer cliffs of this forested sandstone gorge near Hocking Hills State Park. Trails wind down the narrow valley floor as well as along the bluff top.
Hocking Hills Adventure Trek
Pick your adventure—waterfall or cliff rappelling, rock climbing, archery, fishing, nature exploration—and a professional guide will lead the way. Most treks are in Hocking State Forest.
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours
Ziplines and sky bridges in Rockbridge create a route through the tree canopy for views of a river and limestone caves.
Hocking Hills State Park
More than 30 miles of hiking trails and two mountain biking trails crisscross the 2,356 acres of hemlock-shaded gorges, sandstone caves and waterfalls, such as the weather-dependent one at 90-foot-tall Ash Cave. Head to the new visitors center—more than twice the size of the original—to learn about the best trails. The John Glenn Astronomy Park offers stargazing and free programs on weekends. A new 81-room lodge is expected to open in November 2022.
Related: Spring Getaway to the Hocking Hills
Eat and Drink
M and M Family Diner
All-day breakfast fare and eclectic decor star at this homey hangout in Logan.
Starters of mini cornbread muffins with whipped honey butter transition to meals of smoked meats at this roadhouse-style joint in Logan. We love the saucy bacon-wrapped burnt ends.
Seasonal, high-end comfort food made and served by students in the Hocking College culinary arts program makes the 30-minute drive from the state park to Nelsonville worth it. S'mores cake is a great end to any meal.
Sip Belgian-style beers—including an amber, fruity and smooth Dubbel—in a tasting room with a stone fireplace at a former farm in Lancaster.
Buffalo Lodging Company
Well-appointed vacation homes near Rockbridge handle large groups (many sleep 12 or more). Some include heated pools, outdoor fire rings and grills.
Glenlaurel, A Scottish Inn and Cottages
Scottish bagpipes might announce candlelight meals in the manor set on 140 acres. Elegant rooms, a spa and secluded trails round out a stay in the adults-only spot near Rockbridge.
Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls
Guest rooms and cottages nail the cozy retreat-in-the-woods aesthetic, down to the in-room fireplaces and forest views. New high-end yurts come with a dome for stargazing. The on-site restaurant, Kindred Spirits, dishes upscale American fare, and nearby trails lead into Hocking Hills State Park.
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