3 of the Best Things to Do in Hocking Hills State Park This Summer

Searching for the perfect destination for your summer vacation? Look no further than the Hocking Hills region of Ohio. Our area is home to several state parks, nature preserves, and forests. Our favorite natural recreation area is Hocking Hills State Park. This 2,000-acre state park features hiking trails, recess caves, waterfalls, and more. Explore everything this attraction has to offer when you visit Hocking Hills State Park in the summer! 

When you’re ready to start planning your visit to this park, get a copy of our free Hocking Hills State Park Guide. This tool has helpful information for visiting the park, like trail maps, interesting facts, and more! 

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Your Guide to Visiting Hocking Hills State Park in the Summer 

1. Hiking Trails 

Hiking is the most popular thing to do in Hocking Hills State Park thanks 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 FallsOld Man’s CaveConkle’s HollowRock HouseAsh Cave, and Cantwell Cliffs. Each area has distinguishing features and hiking and climbing trails of varying lengths and difficulty, but you can still expect to find magnificent Black Hand Sandstone cliffs, gorges, waterfalls, and hemlock forests wherever you go in Hocking Hills State Park! 

2. Birdwatching  

Birdwatching has become a popular pastime for Hocking Hills State Park visitors. The diverse range of birds in this region of Ohio makes the endeavor especially interesting. Most often, visitors spot the sights and sounds of rock pigeons, several types of sparrows, American robins, eastern bluebirds, and more! Check out a full list of bird observations and make a species checklist to bring along. 

3. Have a Picnic 

No matter what activity you choose, be sure to pack a picnic lunch for your day at Hocking Hills State Park. There are plenty of scenic places to rest and enjoy a brown-bag lunch from our on-site restaurant, Kindred Spirits.  

Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls 

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Ready to plan your trip to Hocking Hills State Park in the summer? Stay just steps away from the adventure at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Our property is surrounded on three sides by the park, so it’s easy to explore everything it has to offer! Spend the days adventuring and the nights relaxing in your accommodation at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. We offer a diverse range of lodging options including Hocking Hills cabinsyurtscottagesgeodomes, and Hocking Hills lodges. During your stay, you can also treat yourself to a treatment at our spa. After a day of hiking through the forest, your muscles will thank you! 

Check our availability to start planning your trip to the Hocking Hills this summer!