The Hocking Hills region in southeast Ohio is a favorite destination of locals and tourists alike. Located an easy one hour from Columbus and 2 ½ hours from Cincinnati, Hocking Hills has stunning landscapes and activities for all seasons, guaranteed to please both serious adventurers and those looking for a little R&R. Here are some of our favorite weekend getaways in Ohio’s natural paradise.
Nature Lovers Weekend
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains are sandstone formations that tell the story of the region’s natural history. Nature lovers can explore this history through recess caves, canyons, and waterfalls on hiking trails that range from beginner to expert level. With more than 9000 acres of state forest land and extensive state parks, there is enough beauty for a summer’s worth of weekend getaways. Some of the most popular attractions, all within the Hocking Hills State Park system, are Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Cedar Falls, Conkle’s Hollow, Old Man’s Cave, and Rock House. Other activities include swimming, fishing, biking, canoeing, and camping.
What to Do
Visit the Hocking Hills State Park Visitors’ Center for maps and information, and then let your naturalist side take over as you immerse yourself in the park’s awe-inspiring beauty. Check out Lake Logan State Park for the best fishing Ohio has to offer.
Adventure Lovers Weekend
Nature lovers looking for more adventure can get their adrenaline flowing on a rock face, a zip line, an ATV, or in flight. Hocking Hills offers a variety of activities for both novice and experienced thrill-seekers.
What to Do
Take rock climbing and rappelling lessons from Hocking Hills Adventure Trek. Don’t need lessons? Head to Hocking State Forest. Kids of all ages can zip line over caves, waterfalls, and more with Valley View Ziplines or go off-roading through Hocking Hills Nature Trails ATV and bike rentals. Or get your kicks a couple of thousand feet in the air by taking a hot air balloon ride with Aerial Tours.
Where to Stay
Our newly remodeled Hawk’s Peak cabin is perfect for families or friends traveling together. After a day of adventure, throw some steaks on the gas grill and eat your meal around the outdoor fire pit.
Food Lovers Weekend
Food lovers will enjoy the many unique dining options in the area. From casual eateries to fine dining, the restaurants in Hocking Hills subscribe to the farm-to-table philosophy. Foodies will love the Amish-influenced locavore cuisine, picked-that-morning apples, and local hop and vine products.
Romance Lovers Weekend
What better place to ignite or rekindle a romance than surrounded by natural beauty? Hocking Hills is the perfect romantic getaway for couples young and old. Leave your cell phones at home and spend the weekend cuddled up in front of the fireplace in your own cabin.
What to Do
Hit the local farmers’ market to stock up on fresh meats, cheeses, and produce and then retreat to your private wilderness oasis.
Where to Stay
We offer many cabins with hot tubs, fireplaces, and other amenities perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. For the ultimate in luxury, check out Couples Paradise II, which comes equipped with Egyptian cotton sheets and a shower built for two.
Whether you are looking for adventure, romance, or something in between, Hocking Hills is the perfect place. Start planning your next weekend getaway in Ohio today.