Hiking In The Hocking Hills
If you want to get your hike on, the Hocking Hills is the place for you! Caves, waterfalls, cliffs, bridges and amazing rock formations every single trail is its own adventure and you will find yourself picking up the pace a little just to see what is around the next bend.
Hocking Hills State Park is comprised of 7 hiking areas: Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Conkle’s Hollow, Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs and Whispering Cave.
Hiking trails are free, but hikers must stay on the trail, no swimming in the creeks or waterfalls and dogs must be leashed (Dogs are not allowed at Conkle’s Hollow and Rockbridge).
Trails get awfully crowded so be sure to try to get there early, take water and snacks, charge your phone-the pictures are amazing but it will also be handy as a flash lite for some of the darker areas. Print out maps-some cell service like Sprint is excellent, while others have little to no service. Be sure to include bug spray in the summer and hand warmers in the winter.
The waterfall at Ash Cave, the Hemlock trees at Cedar Falls, the Rock House tunnel, the views from Cantwell Cliffs, Conkle’s Hollow deep gorges and the waterfalls at Old Mans Cave-you simply can’t go wrong with any of these trails. Enjoy and be safe!
Map of Ash Cave Hiking Trails
Map of Cantwell Cliffs Hiking Trails
Map of Cedar Falls Hiking Trails
Map of Conkel Hollows Hiking Trails
Map of Old Mans Caves Hiking Trails
Map of Rock House Hiking Trails
Best Places To Eat in Hocking Hills
The Ridge Inn Restaurant
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, the great staff serves up some seriously good home cooking. Excellent daily specials or a great menu with a little bit of everything, you can’t go wrong here. But whatever you do, don’t miss Jo’s donuts on Saturday and Sunday. They go quick and they are amazing! Set your alarm, you won’t be sorry.
Mon-Sat 8am to 8pm Sunday 8am to 5pm
16178 Pike St, Laurelville
You know its going to be good BBQ when you smell it as you walk in from the parking lot and your mouth starts watering. And if the BBQ wasn’t enough, you will find steaks, fish, salads and some great appetizers on their menu. They also have a full bar. Great food and great service! They stay busy so get there early.
Mon, Thurs, and Sun 11-9, Fri and Sat 11-1030
12790 Grey St, Logan
The unofficial favorite of most pizza lovers in the area. Dine in, take out, or have it delivered, just make sure you don’t miss it. Pizza, pasta, wings, salads and subs and beer and wine. We would recommend our favorite, but we are still trying to decide.
Open 7 days a week 11am to 10pm.
58 N Mulberry St, Logan
You will go in for a sandwich and leave with a bag of jams, jellies, spices and desserts. This Amish deli serves up excellent sandwiches as well as having anything you need on your shopping list, and a few things you didn’t need but got anyway. Whether you are carrying out for a picnic, sitting on their porch, or bringing it back to the tree house, you will be glad you stopped in. From trail mix to every kind of cheese, and deli meats to chocolate covered peanuts. Don’t even get me started on the cookies. Take out or dine on their porch.
Open Mon-Sat 9am to 5pm
12803 OH 664, Logan
Lake Hope Lodge
Approximately a 20 minute drive through beautiful hills and valleys this is worth every bit of the wait! Set in Lake Hope Lodge, overlooking the lake, the dining room has gorgeous views but the patio is simply stunning. From the salads and burgers to the sandwiches and steaks, there is not a bad choice anywhere on the varied menu. I’ll give you a little hint-the Zaleski Fries may make you have a religious experience. Don’t miss out on the wood fired pizzas and BBQ. This is a must-stop on any trip to the Hocking Hills. Also featuring wine and craft brews.
Open Mon-Sat 11-8, Sun 10-2. Sunday is a limited menu and Buffet.
27331 OH 278, McArthur
Ale House 1890
Is it the 18 beers on tap? the outdoor patio with water feature and live music? the pecan crusted chicken? the watermelon jalapeño margarita? the truly excellent service? the bleu burger? the Baja swordfish? the gorgeous setting? Yes, yes and yes. Built in 1890, the classically updated decor has original remnants from exposed brick to tables made from original wood flooring. The atmosphere, the service, the selection are all excellent…but the food is why you really, really need to go. The extensive menu offers (larger menu at dinner than lunch) something for everyone. Besides the gluten free and vegan options you generally don’t find any menu this imaginative outside of a large city. We order something different every time we go and have yet to find anything that we don’t just love. Full bar and wine offerings besides the craft beers compliment amazing food served by knowledgeable and professional staff. The only downside, the secret is getting out and they stay busy.
Mon-Fri 4pm to 11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, closed Sundays
149 W Main St, Lancaster
A great restaurant with a pub atmosphere. Located at the Hocking Hills Golf Course, the grill is open to the public. A varied menu from prime rib to hamburgers there is something for everyone. As you dine you can gaze over the golf course and be glad you are drinking a cold beer and not carrying a heavy golf bag. Great food, great service and great patio. Full bar and children’s menu.
Open Tues-Thurs 11-8 and Fri and Sat 11-9
14405 Country Club Lane, Logan
Best Places To Drink in Hocking Hills
Hocking Hills Winery
Open every day except Tuesday, this award winning winery is family owned and full of fun. Live entertainment every Friday and Saturday, you can try out fantastic wines, wine slushies and nosh a little on the charcuterie boards. If you find yourself not wanting to leave, you can order in from some of the close by restaurants and continue your wine exploration. The Davidsons know wine…and you will want know the Davidsons!
Pet friendly, the winery is open Sun, Mon, Wed and Thurs 1-8pm, Fri 1-10 and Sat 11-10.
30402 Freeman Road, Logan
Hocking Hills Moonshine
This family owned distillery produces corn liquor just like the bootleggers of the prohibition era. You can tour the distillery-and be sure to take notes if you want to make your own shine…or, just buy theirs. Lots of flavors to choose from and your choice of 45, 90 and 120 proof. If you want the best Hoking Hills vacation that you will never remember, head straight for the White Lightning. Owned by the St Clair brothers, you can tour their Prohibition Museum, take pics in front of a frighteningly realistic Hooch House-make your Mom proud. Besides, all of the Shine is made with local corn and Hocking Hills Spring Water-who knew moonshine was so healthy!
55 S. Spring, Logan
This award winning brewery offers 15 handcrafted beers and 2 sodas year around with rotating beers on tap. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff will recommend your new favorite. Their growlers and Howlers will leave you growling and howling but their light snack menu, occasional food truck on site or delivery from nearby restaurants will not leave you crawling home. Pet friendly with a huge outside seating space and live music-this is the perfect way to spend your evening in the Hocking Hills.
Mon-Thurs 12-9, Fri and Sat 12-10 and Sun 12-8
12684 College Prospect, Logan
O’Huids Gaelic Pub
The minute you walk in the door you feel like you have stepped into a real Irish pub. Maybe its the authentic stained glass and carved wood bar, maybe its the tasty corned beef sandwiches, the occasional shout of “Slainte” or maybe its Thursday night and you have happened in on the weekly pub choir where Irish ditties are being sung and toasted from table to table. Whenever you happen in, the food is great, the service is outstanding and the drinks are aplenty.
Best Things to do in Hocking Hills
Jack Pine Studio
Hands down, one of the coolest experiences you will have in the Hocking Hills. Open 7 days a week, this world renowned artist Jack Pine and his talented crew are turning out one-of-a-kind blown glass pieces all day. You can literally pull up a chair and watch art being made. The artists will answer your questions while they shape, tug, stretch and mold blobs of glass into the most beautiful pieces of art you have ever seen.
After watching how its made, you will definitely want to walk back thru the gallery and purchase a piece before you leave. They do offer workshops daily or you can just purchase a beautiful piece and pass it off as you own 🙂
Mon-Thurs 10-5, Fri and Sat 10-6 and Sunday 11-4
21397 OH 180, Laurelville
Lake Logan Marina
Whether you want to rent a kayak, giant rubber duck paddle boat or a 10 person pontoon boat, the marina staff has you covered. If you want to site see, fish or just picnic for lunch and cool off for a swim, you can reserve your boat here. A great staff that is very helpful has everything you need for a fun day or a couple of hours on the water.
Open 7 days a week 9am to 8 pm
30443 Lake Logan Rd, Logan
Do you need to pet a rabbit, boop a goat or cuddle a camel during your visit to the Hocking Hills? Then Muddy Boots is the place for you. You can have a family picnic or just meet the animals. This is a zoo, farm and antique shop all rolled into one. Did I mention that you can pet a rabbit?
Open May-Sept, Fri-Sun, 12-6 weather permitting
28310 Moccasin Road, Laurelville
Blue Moon Acres
Offering guided horseback riding thru beautiful, rugged trails in the heart of the Hocking Hills with rides up to 4 hours long for riders of all skill levels. Friendly, knowledgable staff actually teaches riding skills instead of just leading your horse down a trail.
Open Tues-Sat, May-October Closed Sunday and Monday, rides are by appointment only. We suggest you call at least one day ahead
18920 Keifel Road, Laurelville
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours
Looking for a brand new way to take a hike and experience the Hocking Hills from new heights? Then you have to zip line. Choosing between The X Tour, Canopy Tour and the Super Zip you will be able to zip line across the Hocking River, over rock formations, over and around the forest floor and even thru a recessed cave. Depending on how daring you are, HHCT has a zip line just for you. The Dragonfly Tour is specifically for kids and the Moonshine Tours are zip lining by moonlight. And, if you have someone that would rather experience the Hocking Hills from ground level, they even have Segway Tours. Reservations are recommended.
Open Mid March thru December
10714 Jackson St, Rockbridge
Starting at $235/night
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