You may already know that the Hocking Hills boasts some of the best outdoor recreation and natural scenery in all of Ohio. But did you know that these scenic state parks also offer one of the most popular wedding destinations in all of the Midwest? Ohio’s Hocking Hills provides an idyllic setting for your wedding, backdropped by cascading waterfalls, glacier-etched rock formations, towering hemlock trees, and beautiful caves. Whether you want to say “I do” near the cascading water of Cedar Falls or by the magnificent gorge of Old Man’s Cave, a Hocking Hills wedding is a nature lover’s dream! Newlyweds will find the perfect romantic getaway waiting for them with the lovely cabins at Chalets in Hocking Hills. Read on to learn more about getting hitched in Hocking Hills State Park.
How to Get Married at Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills State Park has several options for your wedding ceremony at Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, and Old Man’s Cave. To get married in the park, you must obtain a wedding license and apply for a wedding permit. You will have to submit your wedding permit request in writing to the park’s office at 19852 State Route 664 S Logan, Ohio. Here are the things you need to include in your submission:
- Time and date of the wedding, including backup dates if your requested dates are unavailable
- The name of the state park you want for the wedding
- Phone number and personal address
- If you have questions about wedding facilities, please contact the park office at 740-385-6841.
Where to Plan Your Hocking Hills Wedding
There are three destinations to choose from for your Hocking Hills wedding ceremony. Please keep in mind that time is limited to half an hour, and the areas will remain open to the public during the ceremony. Here are some of the features of each Hocking Hills state park:
Ash Cave is the most popular place to tie the knot in the park because of its natural beauty and accessibility. There is a paved walkway to the cave, so guests with wheelchairs and strollers can easily get to the wedding site. Get married under the largest recess cave in the state with the backdrop of a beautiful runoff waterfall.
Old Man’s Cave
Old Man’s Cave is the most popular area of Hocking Hills State Park, offering waterfalls, recess caves, and stone bridges. The site is marked by five distinct areas where you can stop for photos, including Upper Falls, Upper Gorge, Middle Falls, Lower Falls, and Lower Gorge. As stated on the Hocking Hills website:
“Guests have compared the natural wonder of Old Man’s Cave to an enchanted place where fairies and elves could be hiding around every corner.”
If you have been dreaming of that picturesque waterfall wedding setting, choose to get hitched at Cedar Falls. This is the largest waterfall in the park, with water plunging 50 feet into a ravine. The location is also lined by steep rock walls, grottos, and hemlock trees that offer a fantastic backdrop for wedding photos!
Cozy Hocking Hills Cabin Rentals for Newlyweds
Now that you know where to host your Hocking Hills wedding, you can find information on reception sites, catering, and event services on the official Hocking Hills travel site. Wondering where to stay for your special day? Chalets in Hocking Hills offers 50 premier cabins in secluded wooded areas close to the Hocking Hills State Parks. We even provide romantic add-on packages to enhance your special day, whether you want an ultimate sauna experience or a dozen roses waiting in the cabin upon arrival.