5 Places to Hike in Hocking Hills

Hocking Hills has no shortage of places to hike, and with its vast amount of scenery there’s plenty of landscapes to explore. From caves, to waterfalls, to cliffs, we’ve assembled a list of all that Hocking Hills has to offer for your next hiking adventure.

  1. Rock House: This tunnel like passage way is located midway up a 150 foot Blackhand Sandstone cliff. Rock House’s cavern is the closest thing to a real cave the park has and is certainly big enough to be considered one. It was even a shelter for robbers and bootleggers back in the day.
  2. Cedar Falls: Search beyond the thick layers of hemlocks to find one of the largest waterfalls in the region.  Hikers can see moss-covered cliffs, a beaten trail and maybe even the last remains of a grist mill, built above the falls in mid-1800.
  3. Old Mans Cave: This popular attraction offers hikers an array of scenic views while crossing bridge after bridge to get there. Water flowing for thousands of years created an easy trail for hikers to follow. The cave itself covers Eastern Hemlocks, waterfalls and cliffs, making the versatility a favorite for nature lovers.
  4. Conkles Hollow: This rocky gorge offers hikers a shady trail with cliffs that rise up to 200 feet above the gorge. Continue along the trail and the gorge narrows to only 300 feet from cliff to cliff. The valley floor has numerous ferns and wildflowers while the hemlock and birch above create little to no sunlight.
  5. Ash Cave: Massive hemlocks, a waterfall and an expansive cave can all be found at this site. Hikers have their choice of an upper or lower trail. The lower trail is covered with asphalt and can easily accommodate strollers or wheel chairs, while the upper trail is a little more rugged but offers a different view.

No matter what kind of hike you’re looking for, chances are Hocking Hills has it. Whether you’re new to hiking or have years of experience, the area has something for every skill level to enjoy.

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