Top Things to Do in Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

Hocking Hills State Park features more than 2300 acres of natural rock formations, cascading waterfalls, and lush vegetation. Whether you are taking a family outing, indulging in a romantic weekend getaway, or just looking for some solace in nature, this park is the perfect place to spend some time.

Here are the top 10 things to do in Hocking Hills State Park:

Take a walk

Hocking Hills State Park is a mecca for walkers, hikers, and backpackers of all abilities. Explore the stunning scenery on your own or join the park’s naturalist for a guided tour Thursdays through Sundays. There are also seasonal hikes throughout the year, like an annual winter hike in January and an October trek to admire the fall colors.

Learn something new

Even just taking a walk down one of the many hiking trails is a lesson in Ohio’s natural history, as well as the history of the area’s early inhabitants. But for a more educational experience, visit the nature center or chat with the park’s full-time naturalist.

Jump in the water

Nothing spells summertime fun like splashing around in the water. Chasing down watersport refreshment is easy: rent a canoe and paddle your way down Hocking River or, for more conventional fun, the swimming pool is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Celebrate the seasons

In March, enjoy sugaring off season—the few weeks of the year when maple tree sap is boiled down to syrup. Spring in Ohio brings brilliantly colored carpets of wildflowers, while the fall foliage is some of the best in the country. The park also holds “Haunted Hocking Weekend” in October and “Christmas in Ash Cave” in December.

Commune with wildlife

Wildlife abounds throughout southeast Ohio, so don’t be surprised if you see deer, owls, bobcats, and even wild turkeys. The region is also home to more than 150 species of birds, and bird watchers can spot many species on the move during “Migratory Bird Weekend” in May. Visitors who want to get a little closer to the animals can horseback ride along specially marked trails.

Catch a meal

Pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the picnic areas near the recess caves, or even catch your own meal by casting your line in Rose Lake. For a no-fuss option, stop by the Dining Lodge Restaurant.

Hit your target

Grab your quiver and head for the archery range, which has both static and 3D targets and is open year-round.

Gain a new perspective

Experience the park from a bird’s eye view: take a plane tour of the hills with Hocking Hills Scenic Air Tours or travel the treetops on a zip line.

Whatever your outdoor pleasure, Hocking Hills State Park has something for you. After the day’s adventure, relax in one of our many rental cabins, cottages, and lodges.