How to Hike to the Rock House in Hocking Hills

Nestled deep within Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio, the Rock House is a fascinating place to explore. This tunnel-like cave was caused by many years of erosion and is located midway up a 150-foot cliff made of Blackhand sandstone. Through the cave’s gothic-like windows, guests will have a spectacular view of the green valley below and can admire the natural beauty of this incredible rock formation. And, since it’s just minutes from the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, a hike to the Rock House in Hocking Hills is a must on your next getaway! Here are some things you should know.

History of the Rock House in Hocking Hills

As one can imagine, the old Rock House has a rich and mysterious past that dates back hundreds of years. The small recesses in the rear wall of the house once served as baking ovens for Native Americans using the cave, and years later, the house was said to have been a hideout for bandits, murderers, and even bootleggers and was known as “Robbers Roost”. In 1935, a 16-room hotel with a ballroom, post office, and stable stood where the picnic shelter is now located, and numerous carvings in the rock are evidence of the area’s many visitors.

Directions to the House

Hocking Hills State Park offers over 25 miles of hiking trails for visitors to enjoy, many of which lead to deep caves, rugged cliffs, and even waterfalls. To get to the Rock House, guests can journey a scenic quarter-mile trail that features rocky steps, breathtaking views, and a multitude of awesome cliff faces that resemble a South American jungle in the summertime. The Rock House Trail takes about 30 to 45 minutes to traverse and is open from dawn to dusk all year long.

Other Great Places to Explore

Conkle’s Hollow: Conkle’s Hollow is a rugged, rocky gorge that is considered to be one of the deepest in Ohio. The valley floor is covered with ferns and wildflowers, and sky-high birch and hardwood trees tower overhead. Guests can take an easy 1-mile hike to this area via a lower trail, or take on the challenging 2.5-mile upper trail.

Old Man’s Cave: This cave is the most popular area in the State Park and was once inhabited by a hermit named Richard Rowe. Today, guests can hike a one-mile trail to the large recess cave and admire breathtaking rock formations and bridges along the way. Be sure to walk to the end of the trail where you’ll find flowing waterfalls and the famous Devil’s Bathtub, a bubbling pool of water that spills into a creek.

Book Your Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

No matter where you choose to hike, our Hocking Hills bed and breakfast is an ideal homestead after a day on the trails! Our inn offers quiet and comfortable rooms, cabins, and cottages that are the perfect place to rest, and our luxurious spa will help restore your sore muscles. Be sure to join us for a complimentary gourmet breakfast the next morning and tell us all about your adventures!

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