Rappelling and Hocking Hills Rock Climbing

Summer in Ohio is in full swing, and it’s time to lace up your hiking boots and make your way to the Hocking Hills. As Ohio’s premier outdoor adventure destination, there are endless ways to discover the park’s caves, waterfalls, forests, and sandstone cliffs. Even the natural sandstone cliffs attract adventurers, offering excellent rock climbing and rappelling. Experienced rock climbers can access 99 acres of public climbing areas within Hocking State Forest, and beginners can try climbing for the first time with a local guide. Choose Chalets in Hocking Hills to host your getaway and discover adventure outside your front door! 

Solo Hocking Hills Rock Climbing

Experienced rock climbers with their own equipment are welcome to start anywhere within the 99-acre climbing area in Hocking State Forest. The site is located off Pine Road and one mile east of our Chalets at Conkles Hollow. The cliff is approximately 100 feet with numerous slump blocks, chimneys, and overhangs to challenge climbers. Refer to this climbing area map to find the best starting point. 

Trek Network

If you are interested in trying rock climbing for the first time or want to freshen up your skills, then join the Trek Network guides at Hocking State Forest. All the equipment you need for the climb is provided for you, and no experience is required. Besides providing climbing instruction, your guide will also share fascinating information about local ecology and wildlife. 


Sign up for the intro to rock climbing experience or rappel Ohio’s largest waterfall with the rappelling trek. Regardless of your chosen tour, Trek Networks offers an excellent introduction to this exciting sport!

High Rock Adventures

High Rocks Adventures offers the only fully guided climbing tours on private property in the Hocking Hills. They provide options for all ages and experience levels, from rock climbing to rappelling and rock challenges. Each rock climb includes instruction from an expert guide, all necessary equipment, and an average of three climb attempts. For adventurers who want the thrill of rock climbing without the physical strain, we recommend trying the rappelling tours instead. 


If you are visiting Hocking Hills with young kids, we suggest signing up for the Rock Challenge. Navigate the rock halls, squeezes, crawls, ascents, and descents during this one-of-a-kind adventure!

Convenient Cabin Rentals in Ohio’s Hocking Hills

Unlock your adventurous side and experience Hocking Hills rock climbing and rappelling this summer. Whether it’s your first climb or you’re a seasoned climber, Chalets in Hocking Hills offers convenient lodging nearby. We recommend our Chalets at Conkles Hollow and Old Man’s Cave for the most accessibleaccess to the public climbing area. After your climb, we invite you to relax in our Sauna Pods or cool down at our Chalets Resort Pool. Check out our last-minute discounts and book your trip to Hocking Hills today!