Everything You Need to Know About Rose Lake

The forests of the Hocking Hills are known for enchanting every visitor that steps inside. Ancient trees shade the treasures within; only those that choose to explore beneath the shade are rewarded with a glimpse of their beauty. If you would like to see the stunning views of the forests, consider hiking to a spot like Rose Lake. Make sure you get a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide to discover all the other spots to adventure in the Hocking Hills!

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About Rose Lake

Rose Lake, also known as Fisherman’s Lake, is actually the Hocking Hills Reservoir. It is located in Hocking Hills State Park and is easily accessible from the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls; it’s just a one-mile walk away! While swimming is not allowed at this pristine lake, its calm waters provide one of the most stunning views in the area. Come enjoy the scenery and other activities nearby!

Things to Do at Rose Lake


Rose Lake is one of the best places in the Hocking Hills to cast your line. It is stocked with trout each spring, so you’re very likely to get a great catch. There’s a reason why some locals fondly call it Fisherman’s Lake! All you have to do is make sure that you have a valid Ohio fishing license. These are easy to acquire, and short-term, non-resident licenses are available.


Rose Lake is a gorgeous hike! You can get to the lake by crossing the Old Man’s Cave gorge and following the signs. If you hike from Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls, you go right past it! Rose Lake is right in the middle of the two, and you’ll pass by pristine groves of pine trees on your way. The other way to get here is to take a half-mile hike from the road.

Bird Watching

The Hocking Hills State Park, especially Rose Lake, is excellent for birding. If you are visiting during the spring or fall, you’ll get to see water fowl that are migrating through the area. Otherwise, you are sure to see the wildlife indigenous to the area around the lake.

Pack a Picnic

There’s nothing better than eating with a view, and Rose Lake is the perfect spot to do so. Kindred Spirits will pack you a brown bag lunch to take along with you on your journey. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the serene lake.

Get the Hocking Hills State Park Guide

Rose Lake is just one of the many amazing areas in the Hocking Hills State Park! Get our Hocking Hills State Park Guide to find out all the other fascinating things to see and do here. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is surrounded on three sides by this park, so it’s the perfect place to explore during your stay!

Book Your Adventure Today

Inn at Cedar Falls CottageAre you ready to see Rose Lake? Book your stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls! Our stunning property is set back in the serenity of the forest, so you are sure to feel relaxed and rejuvenated as soon as you step foot into your cozy accommodations. Browse our yurts, Hocking Hills cabin rentals, cottages, and geodomes to start planning your stay. You can even make a reservation at Kindred Spirits or take your relaxation to the next level with a spa treatment. We look forward to seeing you!