Hocking Hills is located mostly in Hocking County, Ohio in the Allegheny Plateau. One of Ohio’s natural areas full of beautiful scenery, trails, waterfalls, prehistoric caves and spectacular cliff-top vistas, there is no end to the natural wonders that await tourists seeking a rich, adventurous experience. The region was first settled by Christian Eby and named from a shortened Hockhocking River by the Shawnee Indian tribe.
Many people come to the Hocking Hills area for the natural wonders but many other opportunities are available for people to enjoy. A thriving artist community exists with galleries throughout the hills and antique malls entice treasure hunters. Family friendly festivals take place May through September which celebrate local history of the area and Appalachian culture. A plethora of dining choices will greet visitors to the area with diverse options such locally sourced ingredients, buffet, diner style, ethnic food choices including the All American menu items of steak, seafood, burgers and more.
Lodging & Cabins
Cabins, cottages and lodges dot the Hocking Hills landscape where there is something for everyone on vacation. Whether seeking a cozy, romantic retreat for couples or families, the area is filled with natural beauty of trees and hills. People will enjoy reunions, get togethers and more at any number of private resorts with game rooms, gourmet kitchens and in-ground pools among some of the amenities. All of these options provide for an unforgettable experience.
Most of the scenic areas have state owned parks which include a few of the following more popular ones with tourists:
- Hocking Hills State Park
- Hocking State Forest
- Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve
- Rockbridge State Nature Preserve
Visitors to the Hocking Hills can experience an amazing array of outdoor activities year round. Some of the area attractions include the following:
- Athens Farmers Market
- Earth, Water, Rock: Outdoor Adventures
- Hocking Hills Canopy Tours (Late March through the last weekend in November)
- Hocking Hills Gem Mine
- Hocking Hills Marina at Lake Logan
- Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
- Hocking Hills Golf Course and Urban Grille
Miles and miles of trails varying lengths and difficulty are available for outdoor enthusiasts with some being wheelchair accessible. Rare plants dot the landscape for tourists who enjoy the beautiful natural terrain. Serenity and activity are available at an individual’s fingertips for people who are looking to explore the outdoors and enjoy all the Hocking Hills area has to offer. Camping, indoor lodging, dining options, shopping and the great outdoors are all part of exploring one of the most unique areas in Ohio.