Your Guide to Hocking Hills Wildlife

There’s something special about our small slice of Ohio. Over the years, the Hocking Hills have kept their untamed disposition with towering trees and rushing waterfalls, and the abundant Hocking Hills wildlife scampers about. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls borders the Hocking Hills State Park, so our manicured grounds blend into the forest. If you love nature, keep an eye out for our wildlife during your stay! Planning a vacation? Get the inside scoop on all the things to do and see here when you access our complimentary Vacation Guide.

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What Kind of Animals Are in Hocking Hills?

There’s tons of Hocking Hills wildlife! The forests in our area create a great habitat for animals to thrive. The most prevalent species you will see are white-tailed deer, barred owls, ruffed grouse, and even bobcats. If you are fishing, you’ll come across underwater wildlife such as smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white crappie, quillback, saugeye, and more.

The Basics of Tracking

If you want to see Hocking Hills wildlife, your best bet is to go into the Hocking Hills State Park with a little tracking knowledge. Tracking our animals isn’t hard with prior education! Here are some tips:

  • Tracking begins with just one print. Once you see the print, you can look a little closer to see which way the animal went and follow it from there.
  • Take a picture or drawing of the track. Don’t rely on your memory! You can easily look up a track when you’re back home if you have a photo or sketch.
  • Consider the condition of a track. Take a moment to see how fresh the track is. For example, if you see a set of tracks in frost or morning dew, the animal was there before sunrise.

Can You Hunt in Hocking Hills?

Yes! Hunting is allowed in the Hocking Hills State Forest as long as you go by the regulations of the Division of Wildlife. The white-tailed deer population thrives here, and hunters keep them from overpopulating.

Conkles Hollow, Sheick Hollow, and Little Rocky Hollow are off-limits to hunters, and you must be at least 400 feet away from any building. The inn is close to places for hunting, but we do not allow hunting on our property.

Get the Hocking Hills State Park Guide

If you’re a nature lover interested in Hocking Hills wildlife, you’ll want a copy of our Hocking Hills State Park Guide. Inside, you’ll have access to trail maps, interesting facts, and everything else you need to know about the park. Get your copy today!

Come See Hocking Hills Wildlife for Yourself; Book Your Stay Today

Inn at Cedar Falls CottageThe Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is the perfect place to stay to see Hocking Hills wildlife. Our own property spans 75 acres, and we have beautiful forests that line our accommodations. After you’ve explored our wilderness, you can come back and relax at the spa or have an amazing meal at Kindred Spirits before retreating to your lodging. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the nature of our area, we recommend our cabins. The Strong Wolf Cabin is set back 30 acres, so it is one of our most intimate retreats. Book your getaway today!