The Best Reasons to Travel From Columbus to the Hocking Hills

Need a getaway that’s close to home? For Central Ohio residents, a trip from Columbus to the Hocking Hills is the answer! Columbus is Ohio’s capital city and the second-most densely populated region in the state. While city life is exciting, it can leave you in serious need of a getawayConsider a trip to the Hocking Hills! Our area is located only an hour from Columbus for easy travel. Read on to discover several of our favorite activities for a getaway from Columbus to the Hocking Hills!  

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, access our one-of-a-kind Hocking Hills Vacation Guide. This free resource is filled with a wealth of local information on what to do while you’re here!  

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5 Things to Do During Your Getaway From Columbus to the Hocking Hills 

Our quiet region is the perfect place to escape the distractions of everyday life and reconnect with ourselves, loved ones, and nature. If you need a refreshing escape from the city, here are five of the best local activities that you can’t miss! 

1. Discover Hocking Hills State Park 

Hocking Hills State Park is a mecca for exploration and natural beauty thanks to its nearly 2,400 acres of untouched land. Your inner nature-enthusiast will come to the surface from the moment you step foot into the forests! This Ohio state park boasts several awe-inspiring waterfalls, Hocking Hills hiking trails, recess caves, and more. There is something for everyone’s inner adventurer to enjoy in this incredible local park. It’s hands-down the most popular attraction in the region!  

For more details about the park, be sure to request free access to our Hocking Hills State Park Guide! This resource has important “know before you go” information like trail maps, fast facts, and park rules and regulations 

2. Indulge in Local Flavors 

Hocking Hills dining is a must during your trip from Columbus. No matter what you’re craving, there’s an eatery in the area for you! Indulge your taste buds in everything from Southern-style barbeque to intimate fine-dining 

Kindred Spirits is one of the best places to dine in the Hocking Hills. What’s better? It’s located on-site at The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls! Kindred Spirits boasts steakhouse-style entrees served in a cozy log cabin. Join us for dinner and enjoy a bistro steak with gorgonzola thyme cream sauce, grilled center-cut pork chop with rosemary, bacon, and balsamic tomatoes. Overnight guests at The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls can enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning of their stay.  

3. Shop for One-of-a-Kind Treasures 

In need of a little retail therapy? It’s an ideal way to unwind after the long work week while finding new items to add to your wardrobe or home collection. Some of the best antique shops in Ohio can be found right here in the Hocking Hills! We suggest a visit to the Logan Antique Mall. This shop has more than 100 dealers selling books, furniture, souvenirs, jewelry, and more.  

The Midwest Glassware Outlet, Hocking Hills Craft Mall, and the Hocking Hills Flea Market can also be found nearby and offer visitors unique items they won’t find anywhere else. Or, visit the Gift Shop at The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls! We carry Ohio-made treasures that are the perfect gift for yourself or someone else! 

4. Explore Nearby Museums  

The Hocking Hills area has lots of unique museums for you to visit. The Columbus Washboard Factory is the only remaining washboard manufacturer in the U.S., which makes it a must during your visit! If you foster an appreciation for unique art, visit the Jack Pine Glass Studio. One of the strangest, yet quirky local attractions is the Pencil Sharpener Museum, which features more than 3,400 pencil sharpeners for you to see! 

5. Stay at The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

Tree House Cabin

We invite you to stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls during your getaway from Columbus to the Hocking Hills! We offer a variety of lodging options in the Hocking Hills. Choose from cabinsPacific-style yurtscottagesbed and breakfast guest rooms, and Hocking Hills Lodges. With so many options, you’re sure to find an accommodation that suits your needs!  

Ready for the getaway you deserve? Book your stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls today!