The fall season is a truly enchanting time of year in the Hocking Hills. With crisp weather and stunning scenery, there are many ways to experience the natural beauty of our region this autumn. One activity we highly recommend to our guests at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is taking a journey down the Hocking Hills Scenic Byway. This historic route takes visitors deep into the hills of southeast Ohio while introducing them to some of the area’s crown jewels. Here’s what you need to know about enjoying the byway and things you’ll see along the way!
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More About the Hocking Hills Scenic Byway
The Hocking Hills Scenic Byway is a 26.4-mile self-guided tour along State Route 374. In addition to some of the most stunning sights in the Hocking Hills, travelers will also have the chance to see significant historic sites. For these reasons, it is known as one of the best scenic drives in Ohio. It is also a fantastic way for visitors to experience the vibrant fall foliage and capture postcard-worthy photos. The adventure begins on State Route 374 on US 33 in Rockbridge. As you travel from north to south, here are some of the attractions you’ll find along the way!
The Cantwell Cliffs were created by erosion caused by Buck Run River. As you explore, you’ll find fascinating reddish-brown stone in the cliffs, a rock shelter, a beautiful valley floor, and the popular Fat Woman’s Squeeze.
Located in an Ohio Nature Preserve, Conkle’s Hollow was named after W.J. Conkle, who carved his name and the date 1797 into the sandstone on the west wall of the gorge. Conkle’s Hollow consists of steep sandstone cliffs that rise nearly 200 feet above the ground.
Ash Cave is named for large amounts of ashes that early settlers discovered in the cave. The settlers believed that Native Americans used Ash Cave for their shelter and the ashes were from the campfires. In addition to the enormous 700 -foot long cave, the Hocking Hills State Park attraction also boasts a magnificent waterfall at its center. In the winter, visitors travel to Ash Cave to see the breathtaking frozen waterfall.
Hocking Hills State Forest Headquarters
In the 1930’s, this destination was a house to prisoners who were not a flight risk. These men were expected to plant trees, fight forest fires, and help take care of the parks. This gave prisoners the chance to learn new skills while spending time in the outdoors.
Black Civilian Conservation Corps Camp
Although there isn’t much left of the camp, visiting the remains can be a fascinating history lesson. The men of this organization planted trees, created trails, and many structures that you can still find in the Hocking Hills today.
Village of Mound Crossing
Located at mile 11.9, this ancient mound was created in the backyard of a farmhouse that was built by the Hopewell Indians before the birth of Christ.
Experience the Best of the Hocking Hills During Your Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
Whether you’re exploring the Ohio scenic byways or simply relaxing in the serenity of nature, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is the ideal choice for Hocking Hills lodging. Close to the best area attractions, our gorgeous guest rooms, cottages, yurts, and cabins provide all of the comfort and amenities you need. You will also be treated to a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning to fuel up for a fun day ahead. We can’t wait to hear about what you discover on your trip to Hocking Hills!
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