Rich in wilderness areas, the Hocking Hills Region features a comfortable blend of thick forests, cascading waterfalls, recess caves and cozy accommodations tucked into the rolling hillsides. Quaint gift shops pop up around bends in the roadways, filled with collectibles and keepsakes. Once in a while, there is even the most enticing of fine dining slipped carefully into the mix.
It is a wonderful escape from everyday life, for either families or couples, where moss-covered rock formations and towering hemlocks line hiking trails like an enchanted forest brought to life from a child's storybook. There is never a dull moment. Rock climbing, canoeing and horseback riding are all a part of the fare here. And adventures of all kind abound in the Hocking Hills and the nearby counties.
If exploring history is your interest, ghost towns and remnants of iron furnaces from Southeastern Ohio's industrial past can still be discovered along trails at Lake Hope State Park and Zaleski State Forest. Peer into the past at Moonville Tunnel, part of an abandoned railway that is allegedly haunted by a brakeman who is still swinging his lantern searching for a train. Or hike, hike, hike on miles of public hiking trails.
There are six major Hocking Hills State Park Areas: Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, Old Man's Cave, Conkle's Hollow, Cantwell and Rockhouse. All have designated hiking trails meandering through the woods and each has a character all to itself. If waterfalls are to your liking, there are picture-perfect images in each of these areas. Ash Cave and Conkle's Hollow both have handicap accessible walkways that are beautiful gateways into nature for all to enjoy.
Nearby is Lake Hope State Park with a taste of history, nearby backpacking trails and large lake. Within a short drive is Wayne National Forest, a wild and rugged area known for its vast all-terrain vehicle trails and hiking areas. In Chillicothe, there is an outdoor drama-Tecumseh-that is well known for keeping event the youngest members of the family holding tightly to their chairs.
For each season in the Hocking Hills and the surrounding area, there is wonderland of nature to explore with the eyes. Autumn has its lush blend of oranges, reds and maroons and winter has snowy trails and frozen waterfalls. In spring and summer, the world around the Hocking Hills seem to explode with wildlife flourishing in the thousands of acres of Ohio State forests, parks and wildlife areas.
White tail deer, turkey and even black bear wander the miles of wild areas and are commonly seen along the trails and roadways. Hikers, photographers, bird watchers, cyclists and cross country skiers can enjoy the recreational activities nearby. Hocking Hills State Park has a naturalist providing nature programs all year around. From a winter trek with thousands of hikers in January to star gazing programs in the summer, there is something to keep you busy each season.
The town of Logan is only a fifteen-minute drive away. Home of the Logan Washboard Festival, it also boasts antique shops, canoe liveries, golfing and horseback riding. And there is relaxation too. Nestled in the terrain, cozy cottages, rustic cabins and charming inns provide visitors to the region places to kick up their feet. Most have hot tubs, many have wood-burning stoves and all have comfy beds with cools sheets to snuggle into.
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