Things to Do in Hocking Hills State Park this Summer

Hocking Hill State ParkThe Hocking Hills are a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts during the summer. With acres and acres of forest trails, scenic rock gorges and waterfalls, there is always something to enjoy in Hocking Hills State Park. During your stay and the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls this summer, try some of these activities in Hocking Hills State Park.



Hiking is by far the most popular thing to do in Hocking Hills State Park due to the gorgeous scenery and variety of trails. Trails in the park are open from dawn to dusk year round and the temperate weather in the summer provides the perfect atmosphere for a hike of any distance. There are six major points of interest for hikers in Hocking Hills State Park: Cedar Falls, Old Man’s Cave, Conkle’s Hollow, Rockhouse, Ash Cave and Cantwell Cliffs. Each area has its own distinguishing features and hiking and climbing trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, but you can expect to find magnificent Black Hand Sandstone cliffs and gorges, waterfalls and hemlock forests wherever you go in Hocking Hills State Park.



The terrain in Hocking Hills State Park makes it a great place for mountain bikers to ride. The park has newly opened trails totaling four miles in distance. There are two trails of two miles each, one of medium difficulty and one that is more difficult.


Birdwatching has become a highly popular pastime for visitors to Hocking Hills State Park. The abundance and variety of birds found in this region of Ohio makes the endeavor interesting and rewarding. Conkle’s Hollow Nature Preserve is a great place to see warblers, blue jays, tanagers, woodpeckers, robins and more. And if you’re a birder, don’t miss out on International Migratory Bird Weekend in Hocking Hills State Park. This year’s celebration takes place May 9th – May 11th and will feature area naturalists, birding experts and biologists at events at many of the areas of the park. Or if you want to see the local birds and other fauna while on the water, nearby Strouds Run State Park offers Birding by Kayak led by an Audobon Guide.

Special Events

This summer is a great time to check out some of the special events and celebrations in Hocking Hills State Park and the surrounding areas. Along with the special bird watching events we’ve already mentioned, these area events will cater to many interests. Here are just a few events you can participate in:

Nelsonville Music Festival | May 20th – June 14th
Lilyfest | July 11th – 13th
Lancaster Festival | July 17th – 26th
Parade of the Hills in Nelsonville | August 13th – 16th


When planning your time in Hocking Hills State Park, don’t forget to book your stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Our Logan bed and breakfast is surrounded by Hocking Hills State Park, so you won’t have to go far at all to enjoy all the above activities. Our Inn B&B Guest Rooms, Cottages and Cabin Rentals have luxurious amenities that will keep you in comfort throughout your stay. Plus, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls has the best casual fine dining in the area. Our restaurant, Kindred Spirits, serves lunch, dinner and of course, a complementary full breakfast for overnight guests. Let the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls take care of all your accommodation needs so your time in Hocking Hills State Park this summer is memory you’ll treasure for a lifetime.


Photo courtesy Mike King.