Hocking Hills Outdoor Activities You Need to Try

The Hocking Hills region is Ohio’s outdoor adventure epicenter. Our area is home to several state parks and nature areas that boast exciting outdoor adventure. From scenic hikes to challenging rock climbing explorations, there are endless opportunities to explore the outdoors. Read on to discover four of our favorite Hocking Hills outdoor activities. Each of these activities offers a unique thrill, so there’s something for every type of traveler! 

When you’re ready to start planning your outdoor adventure, request our Hocking Hills State Park Guide. It’s our favorite place for outdoor recreation in the area, and this guide has everything you need to plan your adventure!  

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Top 4 Hocking Hills Outdoor Activities 

1. Explore Hiking Trails  

Hocking Hills State Park is home to several scenic hiking trailsThese paths wind through lush greenery, rock formations, and more en route to spectacular views. The hiking trails are suited for a wide range of skill levels, so there’s a hike for every visitor here!  

2. Rock Climbing & Rappelling 

There are several spots for rock climbing and rappelling in the Hocking Hills region. There are independent rock climbing opportunities at Hocking State Forest, although we only recommend this to experienced climbers, as it can be dangerous. Instead, we advise our guests to go with a tour company like Hocking Hills Rock Climbing or High Rock Adventures 

3. Kayaking & Canoeing 

In the warmer months, it’s fun to spend an afternoon on the water. Our area has several natural lakes and rivers, so there are several options for kayaking or canoeingHocking Hills Adventures offers multiple canoe and kayak trips down the Hocking River. This outdoor activity is a must for your trip to the Hocking Hills in the summer 

4. Ziplining 

Get a different vantage point of our area’s natural beauty with ziplining in the Hocking HillsSoar high above the trees with an adventure with Hocking Hills Canopy Tours. This adventure company offers several ziplining tour options, including one by moonlight! 

Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls 

Return to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls after a day of exploring Hocking Hills outdoor activities. Our property is surrounded on three sides by Hocking Hills State Park, so you’re just steps away from some of the best outdoor adventures in the region.  

We offer a wide variety of Hocking Hills lodging options including cabinsPacific-style yurtscottagesbed and breakfast guest rooms, and Hocking Hills Lodges. We recommend one of our lodges for those who want to be surrounded by nature, as each of these lodges sit on their own plot of land in the forest, tucked away from the rest of our property. 

Check our availability to start planning your adventure!