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Southeast Ohio Region
Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills State Park Upper Falls © Eric Hoffman
View from the path down into the gorge at Old Mans Cave.
19852 OH-664
Logan, Ohio   43138
(lat:39.4265 lon:-82.5357)

Phone: (740) 385-6842
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Hocking Hills provides a variety of recreational opportunities in a splendid natural setting. Towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep hemlock-shaded gorges lure the hiker and naturalist and serve as a backdrop to popular facilities and accommodation.
Nature of the Area
The natural history of this region is as fascinating as the caves are beautiful. Here, in these sandstones and shales, one can read Ohio's history from the rocks. The scenic features of the six areas of the Hocking Hills State Park complex are carved in the Blackhand sandstone. This bedrock was deposited more than 350 million years ago as a delta in the warm shallow sea which covered Ohio at that time. Subsequent millions of years of uplift and stream erosion created the awesome beauty seen today.

The sandstone varies in composition and hardness from softer, loosely cemented middle zone to harder top and bottom layers. The recess caves at Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave and Cantwell Cliffs are all carved in the softer middle zone. Weathering and erosion widened cracks found in the middle layer of sandstone at the Rock House to create that unusual formation.

Other features of the rock include cross-bedding, honeycomb weathering and slump blocks. The first is noticeable as diagonal lines in the rock intersecting horizontal ones. It is actually the cross section of an ancient sand bar in the delta and was caused by changing ocean currents. Honeycomb weathering looks like the small holes in a beehive comb. They are formed by differential weathering which comes about when water, moving down through the permeable sandstone, washes out small pockets of loosely cemented sand grains. Finally, the huge slump blocks of rock littering the streams tumble from near by cliffs when cracks widen to the extent that the block is no longer supported by the main cliff.

Although the glaciers never reached the park areas, their influence is still seen here in the form of the vegetation growing in the gorges. The glaciers changed the climate of all Ohio to a moist, cool environment. Upon their retreat, this condition persisted only in a few places such as the deep gorges of Hocking County. Therefore, the towering eastern hemlocks, the Canada yew and the yellow and black birch tell of a cool period 10,000 years ago.
History of the Area
The hollows and caves of the park complex have long attracted the peoples of Ohio. Evidence of the ancient Adena culture illustrates man first inhabited the recesses more than 7,000 years ago.

In the mid 1700's several Indian tribes traveled through or lived here including the Wyandot, Delaware and Shawnee. Their name for the river from which the park gets its name was Hockhocking of "bottle river." The name comes from the bottle-shaped valley of the Hocking River whose formation is due to its one-time blockage by glacial ice.

After the Greenville Treaty of 1795, Numerous white settlers moved into the region and Hocking County was organized in 1818. The area around the parks began to develop in 1835 when a powder mill was built near Rock House and a grist mill was constructed at Cedar Falls.

The cave areas were well-known as scenic attractions by 1870. In 1924, the first land purchase by the state was made to preserve the scenic features. This first parcel of 146 acres included Old Man's Cave. Subsequent purchases built acreage while the areas existed under the Department of Forestry as State Forest Parks. The Department of Natural Resources was created in 1949 and the new Division of Parks assumed control of the Hocking Hills State Parks assumed control of the Hocking Hills State Park complex which today includes the six park areas. A dining lodge and cottages were opened in 1972. These cottages, together with a campground, provide overnight facilities in one of the most beautiful areas of our state.
GeneralLand, acres2,356
 Water, acres17
 Nearby State Forest, acres9,238
 Hiking Trail, miles24
 Picnic Shelters, #4
 Rappelling/Rock Climbingyes
 Visitor Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
CampingPrimitive, #12
 Electric Sites, #156
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Camper Cabins, #3
 Youth Group Camp, capacity140
 Campground Poolyes
WinterIce Fishingyes
AccommodationsFamily Cottages, #40
 Game Roomyes
 Outdoor Swimming Poolyes
The family campground is situated on a wooded ridge and is open year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required for the group camp areas which allow tents only. There are also 30 walk-in family sites with pit latrines.
The 40 gas-heated, family housekeeping cottages sleep up to six persons. They have two bedrooms (one with two twin beds; one with a double bed), bath with a shower, living room with a trundle sofa, gas-burning fireplace, microwave, complete kitchen, dining area and screened porch.
The dining lodge contains a restaurant, meeting rooms, TV lounge, game room, snack bar and an outside swimming pool. There are no sleeping facilities at the lodge. The park office, also located inside the lodge, is open year-round.
Nearby Accommodations
Our Life Lodge - New Plymouth, OH
Cottages and Cabins
5 Bedroom, Newly Furnished, Hot Tub. Located on 330 private acres. Wayne National and Zaleski State Forest Both within one mile of property. Over 20 miles of established horse, atv, hiking trails on property.
8 miles from park*
TK Cabins - New Plymouth, OH
Cottages and Cabins
Cozy two bedroom cabin with large front porch on five acres overlooking a 3/4 acre fully stocked pond. Located in southern Hocking County just minutes from Hocking Hills caves, Nelsonville, Logan and Laurelville.
9.4 miles from park*
Cottages and Cabins
A lakeside retreat in the beautiful Hocking Hills on scenic Lake Logan. Full kitchen, Hot Tub, Satellite HD TV, sitting room, breakfast nook, and electric AC/Heat.
8.3 miles from park*
Cottages and Cabins
Great for a private relaxing get away. Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation with that special someone, or the best cook-out for family and friends Haven Inn The Hills is the answer for you.
0.1 miles from park*
The swimming pool outside the dining lodge is free to cottage guests 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Memorial Day to Labor Day, and open to the general public for a small daily fee. Special evening swims are often offered at an additional fee. Registered campers only may use the outdoor pool in the family campground.
A valid Ohio fishing license is required to fish in Rose Lake. Access is off State Route 374 via a 1/2-mile hiking trail.

Picnic areas with tables, grills, latrines and drinking water are located at each of the recess caves. The picnic shelters at Old Man's Cave and Ash Cave may be reserved; the shelters at Rock House and Cantwell Cliffs are first-come, first-served. Contact the park office for details.
There are miles of trail located throughout the park and adjacent state forest. These trails are beautiful as well as potentially dangerous: caution and common sense are advised. Young children should be closely supervised while in these areas. All park visitors must remain on the trails at all times.
Area Attractions
Conkles Hollow, a state nature preserve, features scenic geologic formations and rare and unique plants. It is located off S.R. 374, open during daylight hours only.

A rock climbing/rappelling area is available in the adjacent Hocking State Forest.

The Hocking Valley offers a variety of points of interest for visitors. Local attractions include craft and antique shops, museums, canoeing, horse back riding, a scenic railway, hiking trails and scenic drives.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 28 Great Park! by Susie M.
One of my favorite Ohio parks! You can find lots of additional information on the www.hockinghills.com web site.
March 28 Love hocking hills anytime of year by magshull
there is no bad time to go to hocking hills ..its like walking into Lord of the Rings. Any stress or frustrations you have will melt away as soon as you start to walk thru the park ...so enjoy have fun and bring your camera...this area is ever changing
April 17 The best kept secret in Ohio! by ACKBelle
This is a beautiful park!! The best hiking in Ohio in my opinion. Book your reservations early for all the fall colors.

Area Campgrounds
Hocking Hills KOA
29150 Pattor Rd
Logan, OH
Top O' The Caves
2265 Lancaster Thornville Road
South Bloomingville, OH
Hocking Hills Campground
26633 Main Street
Rockbridge, OH
Hocking River RV Park
31251 Chieftain Drive
Hocking Hills, OH
Campbell Cove Camping
30775 Lake Logan Road
Logan, OH
Palmerosa Horse Camp
19217 Keifel Rd.
Laurelville, OH
Area Resources
Offical Guide to Southeastern Ohio's Scenic Wonderland, the Hocking Hills. The 9 State Parks and State Forests. How to get there, things to do, interesting local merchants, what to see, places to stay. Reserve your cabin or campsite online
2.1 miles from park*

From Cleveland, Ohio: Take I-71 South to Columbus. Take 270 East toward Wheeling, WV to U.S. 33 East (Lancaster Exit)Travel East to Logan, Exit on 664 South.

From Columbus, Ohio: Take U.S. 33 East through Lancaster to Logan, Ohio and exit onto State Route 664 South.

From Cincinnati, Ohio: Take I-71 North towards Columbus.Watch for and take State Route 56 East through Mt. Sterling. Continue on State Route 56 East through Circleville and Laurelville to South Bloomingville, Ohio.In South Bloomingville take State Route 664 North approximately 4 miles to the park.

From Toledo, Ohio: Take I-75 South to Findlay, get on State Route 23 to Columbus. Take I-270 East towards Wheeling to U.S. 33 East (Lancaster Exit). Travel East tot Logan, Exit 664 South.From Logan, Ohio:Take 664 South approximately 12 miles to park area.


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