It’s no secret that Hocking Hills State Park is one of the best places to hike in the United States. The park’s extensive trail system showcases a variety of landmarks, including rock formations, waterfalls, cliffs, and caves. There are rugged trails for seasoned hikers as well as paved, short trails for beginners. The park even provides guided hikes throughout the year. So if you want to explore the best Hocking Hills hiking trails, we’ve got you covered! Here are some of our favorite routes.
Top 5 Hocking Hills Hiking Trails
1. Cantwell Cliffs
First on our list is the scenic one-mile hike to Cantwell Cliffs. This remote route is about 17 miles from any other trail but is well worth the extra haul. With its lush vegetation and dramatic cliffs, many have said that the Cantwell area is the most picturesque in Hocking County. Be sure to explore the narrow passages of “Fat Woman’s Squeeze” for a fun look at how erosion has shaped this region.
2. Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls is another fabulous hike in Hocking Hills State Park. The trail is only half a mile long and usually takes about 30 minutes to complete. Laden with hemlock trees, this primitive area is known for its steep rock walls, grottos, and waterfalls. Cedar Falls itself is the greatest waterfall in Hocking Hills and displays an awesome force of water power. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
3. Rock House
Nestled deep in the woods, the Rock House Trail is memorable for hikers of all ages. This scenic quarter-mile route resembles a South American jungle in the summertime! Once at the Rock House, feel free to explore the cave’s gothic-like windows and enjoy spectacular views of the green valley below.
4. Conkle’s Hollow
Conkle’s Hollow is a rugged, rocky gorge that’s considered one of the deepest in Ohio. It’s Lower Trail offers a paved, mile-long journey that’s dotted with enormous hemlocks, rock formations, cliffs, and a meandering stream. The Upper Trail is about 2.5 miles long and leads to a spectacular waterfall.
5. Ash Cave
Ash Cave offers two of the southernmost trails in Hocking Hills State Park. Lower Ash Cave is handicap accessible and travels about a quarter-mile alongside the Ash Cave Gorge. The Upper Ash Cave Trail, often referred to as the Ash Cave Rim, offers a more rugged climb that’s ideal for experienced hikers. Read our blog to learn more!
Hike Back to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
After an unforgettable day of adventure, take a short drive back to our Hocking Hills bed and breakfast and unwind! Our comfortable guest rooms, cottages, and cabins have everything you need to relax those tired muscles. Sink into a bubbling whirlpool hot tub, or enjoy a glass of wine by a flickering fireplace. You can even join us for a delicious meal in our onsite restaurant, Kindred Spirits! Visit our accommodations page to learn more and contact us to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!
Looking for more Hocking Hills hiking trails?
Read our blog about Old Man’s Cave!