If you’re seeking a budget-friendly weekend getaway or even a day-trip, look no further than Hocking Hills near Logan, Ohio, just over an hour from Columbus. Hocking Hills is a scenic gem filled with outdoor activities, local dining and unique places to stay.
Hiking Trails in Hocking Hills
Hocking Hills State Park has seven key hiking areas that offer unique views, including these must-see trails: Hemlock Bridge, Cedar Falls, Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave. Each route ranges from a half-mile to a 1.5-mile hike and is filled with waterfalls, sloping caves and expansive cliff views.
What are the park rules?
Hikers must remain on the trail paths and keep their dogs on a leash. Dogs are allowed in most areas, other than Conkle’s Hollow. Swimming or walking in the open water is not permitted. All trails are open dawn to dusk.
Does Hocking Hills cost money?
Hiking throughout Hocking Hills State Park is entirely free—there are no parking nor entrance fees. With the lavish scenery and long paths, it would be easy to spend the weekend merely enjoying the great outdoors. However, if you’re interested in exploring other nearby attractions, there may be additional costs.
Places to Stay in Hocking Hills
Hocking Hills has 100s of classic cabins to choose from, all located near the state park. Many of these cabins include WiFi, cable/satellite t.v. and even hot tubs, making it the perfect choice for those looking for a more modern camping experience. Use this online form to select which features you’d like included during your stay.
If you’re looking for a completely unique lodging experience for your Hocking Hills getaway, try staying in a yurt. Located at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, these yurts combine the comfort of a cabin with the tranquility of tent camping. Yurts do run a bit more expensive than the cabins, but they truly are a one-of-a-kind escape from reality. And best of all, you can end each evening with a view of the stars right from your bed.
Hocking Hills treehouse cabins are the epitome of “glamping.” These elevated log cabins bring back the nostalgia of your childhood treehouse, but with all the bells and whistles. But plan ahead; most treehouses book out several months in advance and are the least budget-friendly of the lodging options.
Things to Do in Hocking Hills
The trails and natural beauty of Hocking Hills is the obvious draw to Southern Ohio. Still, there are several other attractions in the area to keep you entertained for several days. Grab food and drink at a local restaurant, treat yourself to a spa day, or enjoy the great outdoors from above.
Fly through the trees with Hocking Hills Canopy Tours. You’ll see the caves, river and natural beauty of the area in a whole new way. Plus, AAA members save 10% on any zip line service.
Wineries and Breweries
Cap your eventful day outside with a glass of wine from Hocking Hills Winery. Located just 20 minutes from Hocking Hills State Park, this is a great option to try some local wine. If you’re looking to broaden your horizons, Pleasant Hill Vineyards and Jackie O’s Taproom and Brewery are located in Athens, Ohio (about 40 minutes away).
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is the perfect way to unwind. This secluded spa retreat offers an assortment of packages, ranging from half-day to one-hour treatments. Treat yourself to some T.L.C. after a day hiking through the caves.
Schedule an appointment with a AAA travel agent for help planning your next weekend getaway.