What Are the Best Hocking Hills Dog-Friendly Trails?

Hocking Hills State Park encompasses 2,356 acres of lush greenery, recess caves, and cascading waterfalls. This state park features 25 miles of hiking trails that lead to the best views around. Hike your way to majestic waterfalls, enormous rock formations, and more with the company of your four-legged best friend on the best Hocking Hills dog-friendly trails! Pack a harness, leash, and a backpack full of snacks and you’re ready for a day of adventure. 

When you’re ready to start planning your adventure, request a copy of our free Hocking Hills State Park Guide. This resource is filled with great information on what to explore. It includes trail maps, interesting facts, and more! 

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4 of the Best Hocking Hills Dog-Friendly Trails 

Hocking Hills State Park is extremely dog-friendly. Four-legged hikers are welcome to explore all areas of Hocking Hills State Park alongside their human companion except for Conkle’s Hollow Nature Preserve and Rockbridge Nature Preserve, which includes the Natural Rock Bridge. Please remember that dogs are to be kept on-leash in the park at all times. Don’t forget an extra water bottle and bowl, either, because if you’re thirsty, they are, too! Read on to discover four of our favorite dog-friendly hiking trails in the Hocking Hills! 

1. Ash Cave

Ash Cave is one of the most iconic sites at Hocking Hills State Park — and for good reason! It’s the largest recess cave in the entire state of Ohio! This massive rock formation measures 700 feet long and 100 feet deep. In the spring, it even features a waterfall as the snow melts. Gaze in awe at this natural masterpiece when you hike to Ash Cave with your pup! This dog-friendly trail is paved, so it’s easy for humans and canines of all skill levels. This easy trail is about an hour round-trip. 

2. Cedar Falls

The Buckeye Trail spans 1,300 miles through Ohio and the heart of our area. Many of our favorite attractions can be found along it like Cedar Falls! Start your journey on one of our favorite Hocking Hills dog-friendly trails that winds through towering hemlocks and ancient rock walls. On your way to the cascades, follow the melodious sound of running water emanating from the stream beside you. Once you reach your destination, you’ll be captivated by the 50-foot waterfall!

3. Cantwell Cliffs

Cantwell Cliffs is one of the most picturesque areas in the Hocking Hills. Start your adventure, leash in hand, through the Hocking Hills State Park on your way to Cantwell Cliffs. You’ll be surrounded by greenery, lofty trees, and even spurts of wildflowers. Once you arrive at the cliffs, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the erosion caused by the Buck Run River. Explore the narrow rock walkways, a rock shelter, and fascinating reddish-brown stone. Bring a camera to document the beauty!

4. Old Man’s Cave

Old Man’s Cave is another dog-friendly area of the Hocking Hills. This destination within Hocking Hills State Park features beautiful rock formations carved by the natural ware of Salt Creek and melting glaciers. Old Man’s Cave has five distinct areas, each marked by its own natural beauty. These include Upper Falls, Upper Gorge, Middle Falls, Lower Falls, and Lower Gorge. You can access this trail that leads to Old Man’s Cave directly from the Welcome Center. This trail has helpful man-made bridges and steps along the way, so it’s suitable for hikers and dogs of all skill levels. 

Pet-Friendly Accommodations at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls


After a day exploring Hocking Hills’ dog-friendly trails, treat your pup to something special! Our Paw Prints Pampering Add-On will do the trick. This goodie bag includes savory treats, a tennis ball, pick-up bags, and dog wipes for dirty paws! 

Pick up your dog’s grab bag, then head back to your pet-friendly accommodation at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Our Hocking Hills lodging includes a election of pet-friendly cabins and cottages. So, be sure to make your reservation in advance and review our pet policy before booking! Other, non-dog-friendly accommodations include geodomesyurts, and Hocking Hills lodges.

Check our availability and start planning your trip to the Hocking Hills!