Hocking Hills Scenic Byway Driving Tour

The Hocking Hills region is Ohio’s crown jewel, offering six naturally diverse state parks that feature waterfalls, cliffs, and caves. From the largest recess cave in Ohio to the legends of Old Man’s Cave, there is something to discover at every state park. The easiest way to visit all the parks in one trip is by driving the 27-mile Hocking Hills Scenic Byway. This scenic drive will take you through rolling hills, woodland forests, rock formations, and past historically significant sites. 

 

After traveling on the scenic byway, stay close to the state parks with Chalets In Hocking Hills. We offer 50 premier cabins situated in secluded, wooded areas of the Hocking Hills Region so you can easily access the Hocking Hills Scenic Byway.

Hocking Hills Scenic Byway Stops

The Hocking Hills Scenic Byway begins as you turn off US Route 33 onto Route 374 near Rockbridge.

Miles 1-10: Cantwell Cliffs

The first stop on Route 374 is Cantwell Cliffs, one of the most remote areas of the Hocking Hills region. Known for deep valleys, steep cliffs, and rock shelters, we encourage you to make a stop and hike the valley or rim trail. 

 

At mile 9.7, you can stop and visit Hills Fine Arts and Crafts Gallery.

Miles 11-16: Rock House

After visiting the art gallery, you will drive through the Village of Mound Crossing before you come across Rock House on mile 13. Rock House offers the only true cave in the region, resembling a house with sandstone columns and window-like openings. 

 

Continue down the byway for three miles until you reach the Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center, offering a beautiful garden where visitors can witness over 20 butterfly species!

Miles 17-20: Conkles Hollow

Around mile 18, you can pull off and visit Ohio’s deepest gorge at Conkles Hollow. After you get back on the road, we recommend stopping to explore the Hemlock Bridge Trail, which will take you to the secret Whispering Cave.

 

Stop at John Glenn Astronomy Park and gaze into the cosmos during your Hocking Hills Scenic Byway road trip. 

Miles 21-27: Old Man’s Cave

The byway ends at the most popular state park in the region, Old Man’s Cave. Then you can either drive to Ash Cave or hike the Grandma Gatewood Trail to get to the largest recess cave in Ohio. The last stop on the byway is Cedar Falls, a picturesque end to your journey!

Stay with Chalets in Hocking Hills

Driving along the Hocking Hills Scenic Byway is beautiful year-round, whether you want to explore the height of fall foliage or when the landscape is frosted. Regardless of when you choose to visit, Chalets in Hocking Hills has the perfect cabin waiting for you!