Local Tips & Tricks For Planning Your Hocking Hills Day Trip

Hocking Hills is an endlessly appealing place to explore and those who head this way will find a long list of possibilities when it comes to day trips to add to the itinerary. Whether you’re looking to get out and enjoy a day’s drive, or you’re ready to jump in and explore on foot, Hocking Hills truly has something for everyone.

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Stops on Your Day Trip Around the Hocking Hills

Kindred Spirits

Begin with a Delicious Breakfast to Fuel up for Fun Ahead

Making sure your day trip adventure through Hocking Hills starts on a delicious and nutritious note is essential. Fortunately, this area is packed with excellent stops to enjoy! Enjoy breakfast at Kindred Spirits before your day exploring our area. Please note, complimentary breakfast for overnight guests at our on-site Hocking Hills cabins, geodomes, cottages, and yurts. Guests in our off-site lodges are available a la carte for purchase. Other places to dine while you're adventuring include:

  • Full Brooks Café in Nelsonville: serve up sensational muffins and pastries as well as breakfast sandwiches that are sure to delight.
  • The M&M Family Diner in Logan: is another great stop when you have the entire family in tow, and you’re looking for a place to please appetites of all types. They’ve been serving the area breakfast for decades and whether you go with pancakes, eggs, or the biscuits and homemade gravy, you’ll be welcomed in just like a local.
Hocking Hills Scenic Byway aerial view

Take to the Hocking Hills Scenic Byway

Travelers that find their thrills in road trips with amazing views will want to be sure to make a journey on the Hocking Hills Scenic Byway their day trip plan. This route extends 26.4 miles along State Route 374 and offers up plenty of places to pull over and enjoy the view too.

The Highlights of the Scenic Byway: 

Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve Falls

1. Conkle's Hollow

One of the highlights to explore along this self-guided route is Conkle’s Hollow. Here, you can venture along a short and scenic trail through an inspiring gorge complete with captivating rock formations and caves. It’s just 15 minutes north of Hocking Hills State Park and there are two trail routes to choose from once you arrive. The first is a 1-mile path to a waterfall and the second is a 2-mile trek to see the gorge area in more detail.

cantwell cliffs

2. Cantwell Cliffs

The Hocking Hills Scenic Byway also takes you by Cantwell Cliffs, where you can get out and hike to a cave and waterfall as well. This stop is around 20 miles north of Hocking Hills State Park on the route and is an amazing place for nature photographers to capture these towering cliffsides on camera.

happy young woman in red helmet riding on a zip line in the forest

Enjoy Hocking Hills Canopy Tours for the Day

If adrenaline-pumping fun is your style, a day at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is a must! You and your traveling crew can enjoy time exploring the many different ziplines on-site here that not only thrill but offer up some one-of-a-kind sweeping views over the terrain as well. They even offer evening adventures on full moon nights for a truly memorable experience in Hocking Hills.

Woman in Beauty Salon Gets Marine Face Mask

Follow Up Your Day of Fun with a Spa Session

Those who book a stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls will find that they can always end a day trip experience with some well-deserved pampering at our on-site Hocking Hills spa. Whether it’s a massage that would make all the difference or a combination of a salt scrub and hot stone therapy treatment that would refresh, it’s the perfect way to end your day every time you head out to explore.

Where to Stay After Your Day Trip Around the Hocking Hills

Elevate every moment in Hocking Hills when you book your vacation rental accommodations through the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Whether looking to settle into a welcoming cabin, yurt, cottage, or lodge, we have the options you deserve! Reach out today to learn more about our Hocking Hills large group rentals.