Thrillseekers and nature lovers agree – there’s nothing more exciting than rock climbing in the middle of the forest. This heart-pumping sport is especially popular in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Steep cliffs, jagged rock formations, and giant boulders make this region ideal for beginners and experienced climbers alike. If you’re looking for a Hocking Hills rock climbing adventure, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls has you covered! Here are some of our favorite places to explore.
Where to Find the Best Hocking Hills Rock Climbing
Hocking State Forest
The 99-acre rock climbing and rappelling area at Hocking State Forest is the only facility on state land that permits rock climbing. Sandstone cliffs and overhangs provide a variety of challenges for climbers of all skill levels. The forest also offers unique plantlife and wildlife that make a beautiful backdrop as you climb. The climbing area is located on Big Pine Road, one mile east of Conkle’s Hollow. There’s a parking area within walking distance of the rock and cliff face. Be sure to use quality equipment and climb with experienced people.
Earth Water Rock Outdoor Adventures
If you’re just starting out, Earth Water Rock Outdoor Adventures will teach you how to climb. This company specializes in beginner instruction and offers guided 3-hour, half-day, or full day tours for newbies. First, your guide will meet you in the Hocking State Forest parking area to show you the equipment you’ll be using. You’ll be fitted with a climbing harness, helmet, and climbing shoes. You’ll then discuss relevant safety concerns before beginning the hike to the cliff.
Climbers will start on relatively easy climbs to get comfortable with vertical terrain. You’ll then have the chance to advance to more challenging climbs. Those who already have some experience can also inquire about the Gym to Crag course. Head to the Earth Water Rock website for information on packages and rates.
Hocking Hills Rock Climbing
Hocking Hills Rock Climbing is another great company that offers expert instruction and guided climbing tours in Hocking State Forest. Guests can choose to take a 2.5-hour instructional course, a 2.5-hour rock climbing trek, or a 4-hour extended climb (if you have prior experience). Hocking Hills Rock Climbing also offers group climbs. All gear is provided, and no experience is necessary. Give them a call at (740)-777-2579 to make your reservations.
High Rock Adventures
For a change of scenery, head to High Rock Adventures in Rockbridge, Ohio. This facility offers awesome guided treks right onsite and provides a safety briefing, training, and all the equipment you need to climb. Feel free to sign up for the 2.5-hour intro tour or the half-day climbing tour that lasts for four hours. Advance reservations are suggested so be sure to call ahead.
Book Your Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
After an incredible Hocking Hills rock climbing adventure, make your way back to our inn and relax those tired muscles! Surrounded on three sides by Hocking Hills State Park, our gorgeous bed and breakfast offers cozy guest rooms, cottages, and 1840s log cabins. Inn guests can also take advantage of our exquisite spa services and delectable dining options. We look forward to hearing about your rock climbing experience in Hocking Hills!
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