The Chalets in Hocking Hills offer a traditional, cozy stay near the region’s state parks and nature preserves. No matter the season, hiking is always a great idea! Hocking Hills, Ohio offers beautiful trails of all difficulties for your whole group to enjoy.
Tucked away in the southern part of Hocking Hills, Ash Cave stands to be the largest recess cave in Ohio. To visit, you’ll hike about a fourth of a mile through hemlocks, beech trees, and many other broad trees. Although, it is a handicapped-accessible trail so all guests can enjoy the cave. During all seasons, the park’s floor is covered in patches of wildflowers; such as large-flowered trillium, Dutchman’s breeches, trout lily, Jack-in-the-Pulpit and jewelweed.
Rock House is the only authentic cave in Hocking Hills. The cave is similar to a tunnel and sits halfway up a 150-foot cliff of Blackhand sandstone. Rock House is rich with history and folklore about Native Americans who used to live there. Many stories claim Rock House used to be the hub for robbers, thieves, murders and bootleggers. Take a hike and experience Rock House for yourself!
Old Man’s Cave is the most popular area in Hocking Hills. It’s a part of the Grandma Gatewood Trail which stretches six-miles long. The trail connects the Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls to Ash Cave. If you’re looking for a shorter hike, opt for the Hemlock Bridge Trail, one-mile long; or the Whispering Cave Trail, .2-miles long.
When exploring the lower gorge of Old Man’s Cave, you enter the valley of Queer Creek. Follow the .5-mile trail as it bends to Cedar Falls. This site is surrounded by hemlock and steep rock walls. Cedar Falls carries the largest amount of water in the Hocking Hills area.
Looking for a hike less traveled? Cantwell Cliffs are 17-miles north of Old Man’s Cave. Many tourists are discouraged by the location, which lends itself to be a quieter spot. It’s been said Cantwell Cliffs is the most picturesque area in Hocking Hills. The one-mile hike to see Cantwell Cliffs may be challenging for some visitors. There are deep valleys, steep cliffs and narrow passageways.
Conkle’s Hollow is known to be one of the deepest, most rocky gorges in Ohio. The valley floor is covered by ferns and wildflowers while hemlock and birch tower above. Certain sections of the half-mile trail are so full of vegetation that little to no sunlight reaches the ground. For the more adventurous hikers, follow the path on top of the cliff that circles the gorge; the view is outstanding. After your long hike, soak your feet in your private hot tub back at our cabin.