Your Hocking Hills Hiking Guide

Hocking Hills Hiking

Guests at our Hocking Hills bed and breakfast will find themselves surrounded by the wonder of Ohio’s Hocking Hills.  When you stay at the Inn & Spa At Cedar Falls , you’ll be minutes away from great hiking. The Hocking Hills State Park system, which surrounds the inn, has wonderful trails that showcases many of the landmarks in the park.  Rock formations, waterfalls, cliffs and caves will all enhance your Hocking Hills hiking experience. We hope you find our Hocking Hills hiking guide helpful as you plan your trip.

 

There are six main areas in Hocking Hills State Park system , each with unique and beautiful features:

 

Cedar Falls

The area our Logan OH bed and breakfast was named for, this area is closest to the inn.  You’ll appreciate a picture perfect waterfall, hemlocks and lovely cliffs.  It’s like stepping into a storybook forest.  A bridge stands at the top of the falls where a grist mill used to stand.  Remains can still be seen if you look closely.  And if you’re looking for wildlife, large snapping turtles live beneath the falls and you can see them basking from time to time.

 

Rock House

Rock House has a storied history. Once known as Robbers Roost, it is said to have been a hideout for bandits.  And there was also a luxe 16-hotel with a ballroom, post office and stable where the picnic shelter is now located.  The trail itself has several cliff faces reminiscent of a South American jungle, especially in the summer and several points that afford fantastic view.

 

Cantwell Cliffs

This Hocking Hills hiking area is popular among kids, who love its winding narrow passages and rock shelter.  However, keep in mind that there are some pretty steep inclines when hiking this trail. Wildflowers of numerous species line the trail in the spring, making the journey even more beautiful.

 

Old Man’s Cave

Perhaps the most popular of the Hocking Hills hiking areas, Old Man’s Cave has a one mile trail that takes an hour to hike. The cave and trail were named after recluse Richard Rowe, who is said to have set up a home in the cave after the Revolutionary War. This Hocking Hills hiking trail features breath taking rock formations and bridges.  Waiting at the end of the trail is a striking recess cave and flowing waterfalls.  Also of note is a formation that resembles a Sphinx head at the far end of the trail and Devil’s Bathtub, a pool of bubbling water that spills into the creek.  For more information about Old Man’s Cave, click here.

 

Ash Cave

Ash  Cave is another Hocking Hills hiking area that is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, thanks to its asphalt trail that leads to its signature recess cave.  There are two half mile trails in the Ash Cave area, an upper trail and a lower trail. The upper trail is the more rugged of the two, taking about 45 minutes to hike.

 

 

Conkle’s Hollow

Conkle’s Hollow has two Hocking Hills hiking trails, an upper and a lower.  The lower is accessible to handicapped guests while the upper is a bit treacherous and includes cliff overhangs that should be treated with respect.  Children and unsteady hikers should consider taking the lower trail for this reason. The upper trail is 2.5 miles long and takes about two hours to hike.  And the hike on the lower trail is a mile long and takes about an hour.

 

 

No matter which paths you decide to take on your Hocking Hills hiking adventure, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is the perfect place to unwind after a day on the trails.  Our bed and breakfast has several comfortable rooms to choose from, each beautifully decorated in a classic country style.  Or find solitude and privacy in one of our cottages.  Your stay also comes with a complimentary breakfast served in an original log cabin so you’ll have the energy to take on the hills!

 

Photo courtesy J. Todd Poling.