Hocking County rates at the top in any discussion of Ohio deer hunting statistics. With over 9,200 acres of public land available to hunters, Hocking Forest has produced more than its share of venison down through the years.
Near Laurelville, Hocking Forest is managed by the state under a multiple-use concept, with special emphasis on maintaining forest cover. This approach has helped create excellent deer habitat, and the whitetail population is thriving.
Three designated nature preserves are also in Hocking Forest. Conkles Hollow, Sheick Hollow and Little Rocky Hollow are off limits to hunting. The boundaries of these areas are marked with white and/or red paint spots.
In Hocking Hills, fishing areas like Rose Lake, Clear Creek, and Lake Logan are the most well-loved by many fishing enthusiasts.
One of the best fishing lakes in Ohio awaits sportsmen in Hocking County at Lake Logan State Park. The lake sports northern pike, bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish and saugeye.
Hocking River & Clear Creek Metro Park
Just Right for casting trout is Clear Creek Metro Park. It lies on one of the newest streams in Ohio to receive the title of trout stream. A new project taken on by the ODNR has recently become the recipient of anuual stockings of 6″-8″ brown trout. The fishable area runs throughout the entirety of Clear Creek Metro Park and access points can be found all along the road that runs through the park. It is a fly fisherman’s paradise with its steep gorges.
Fishing for bronzebacks here is good from the confluence of Clear Creek in Hocking County to The Plains in Athens County.
Anglers can expect to see plenty of fish over 12 inches, with some as large as 19 inches.
The clear water in this 17-acre lake in Hocking Hills State Park provides excellent habitat for big rainbow trout. Rose Lake is stocked annually in spring, and bonus fish are added each fall when they’re available. The lake is also home to largemouths and channel cats. Access is via a half-mile hiking trail off state Route 374 and is only 1/2 mile from the Inn.