The Hocking Hills - Overview


The Hocking Hills is a scenic area of southeast Ohio featuring cliffs, gorges, rock shelters and waterfalls. The relatively extreme topography in this area is due to the Blackhand Sandstone (so named because of Native American graphics on the formation near Newark, Ohio), a particular formation that is thick, hard and weather-resistant, and cliff forming.

With more activities to do than you can shake a hiking stick at, the Hocking Hills keep visitors returning again and again because there are so many new things to discover and experience. Each of the unique Hocking Hills State Park areas offer its own style of adventure and beauty. Witnessing how nature has carved Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Cedar Falls, Conkle's Hollow and Rock House out of solid rock will leave you awe inspired. Enveloping the parks, and open for wandering, are 10,000 acres of the Hocking State Forest. Whether your idea of getting back to nature is a peaceful hike in the woods or climbing a massive rock wall, the Hocking Hills are for you.


After exploring the caves, cliffs and waterfalls, why not try something new! There are lazy canoe trips down the Hocking River, horseback riding, historic train rides and small towns to visit. If shopping is your cup of tea, you won't be disappointed. In town and scattered throughout the Hills are dozens of treasure-filled antique stores, craft shops and galleries exhibiting works from local artists.

With so much to do in the Hocking Hills, you'll need to re-energize at one of the many area restaurants. Choose from a family style meal, fine dining at one of the area inns, a chef prepared dinner cooked in your cabin or gourmet coffee at a quaint coffee shop.


We think you'll agree that you can leave the Hocking Hills, but the Hocking Hills will never leave you.