Things to Do in Hocking Hills
When you stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, you will be conveniently located near some of the area’s best attractions! From outdoor adventures in Hocking Hills State Park to exciting local events, your itinerary is sure to be filled with a wide variety of activities that you’ll want to come back and enjoy again and again! Below, you’ll find some of our guests’ favorite things to do during their stay! You may also feel free to contact us anytime at (740)-385-7489 for more recommendations or suggestions.
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With towering cliffs, extensive hiking trails, intriguing caves, and wondrous waterfalls, the Hocking Hills are a mecca for exploration! Whether you’re seeking thrills or a peaceful stroll through the woods, you’ll find plenty of ways to immerse in nature and experience the beauty of southwest Ohio. Here are just a few examples of help you get started.
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is surrounded on three sides by the Hocking Hills State Park, meaning many of the area’s hiking trails are located just minutes from our door. Some of the most popular places to hike in the Hocking Hills include Devil’s Bathtub, Cantwell Cliffs, and Ash Cave. For even more extraordinary hiking opportunities, you won’t want to leave Wayne National Forest or Lake Hope State Park off your list. Download our State Park Guide to start planning your hiking trip today!
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours
Known as Ohio’s first zipline attraction, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours are fast, fun, and exhilarating for guests of all ages. There is also a wide list of adventures to choose from, including the popular Moonshine Night Tours! Even if ziplining isn’t exactly your forte, the tour company also offers Segway tours, visits to the Rock Bridge, and more.
Hocking Hills Canoe Livery
This full-service company offers canoe, kayak, and raft rentals on the scenic Hocking River. If you want to paddle down the river or camp along its banks, the Hocking Hills Canoe Livery staff will exceed your expectations. Choose from two river adventures and embark on an excursion you’ll never forget!
The Hocking Hills boasts a rich history dating back thousands of years. Miners were drawn to the region for the abundance of natural resources while artists sought inspiration from the stunning natural landscape. Today, you can take a trip into the past and look into the history and culture of southwest Ohio. Here are 3 of the area’s best museums and art galleries that you won’t want to miss!
Museums and Art Galleries
This historical complex features many important points in the Hocking Hills’ history. During your visit to the Hocking Hills Historical Society, you’ll be sure to see relics from Native American tribes who called the region home, a furnished Victorian house from 1881, and antique farm implements. The best part, admission is free! Call ahead for hours.
Hocking Hills Historical
This historical complex features many important points in the Hocking Hills’ history. During your visit to the Hocking Hills Historical, you’ll be sure to see relics from Native American tribes who called the region home, a furnished Victorian house from 1881, and antique farm implements. The best part? Admission is free!
Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum
Yes, you read that right! Logan is home to the world’s only pencil sharpener museum! Twenty years ago, Reverend Paul Johnson started his own pencil sharpener collection. Today, that collection has grown to over 3,400 sharpeners, and you can see them all in this quirky local museum.
Dusty Blues Art Gallery
For some of the most stunning photos of our region, head to Dusty Blues Art Gallery on 664S as you head into Logan, OH. The studio uses photography to capture the beauty, serenity, and adventure in the Hocking Hills. It’s a great place to find the perfect gift or souvenir.
Festivals and Events
No matter what time of year you visit the Hocking Hills, we guarantee there is always something new and exciting to experience! There are many festive events that fill our calendar throughout the year, each offering a little something for everyone of any age. Here are just some of our personal favorites!
Winter Hike (January)
Six miles of rugged hiking in the coldest days of January seeing the park in a frozen transformation. Get ready to see local Hocking Hills State Park attractions like Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave in a whole new way.
Urban Air Festival (April)
The streets of Logan will be lined with aluminum next month, as a mile long caravan of Airstream campers takes over the town. The Urban Air Appalachian Adventure will “wake up downtown” Logan, OH, April 26 to April 29. The weekend will include lots of live music, a book signing, movie premiere, craft demonstrations, moonshine tastings, a beer tent, and much more!
New Straitsville Moonshine Festival (May)
Did you know New Straitsville was once the moonshine capital of the world? The New Straitsville Moonshine Festival celebrates this history with live entertainment, rides, carnival-style food, and of course, plenty of moonshine! The city receives a 5-day license to brew old fashioned moonshine and demonstrate the complicated process to festival goers.
Washboard Music Festival (June)
Held annually on Father’s Day weekend, the Washboard Music Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Attendees will have the chance to experience some of today’s best up-and-coming artists in genres ranging from bluegrass to jazz. There is also a quilt show, free tours of the Columbus Washboard Company, free carnival rides, a puppeteer, and much more.
Circleville Pumpkin Show (October)
The Circleville Pumpkin Show is one of the region’s oldest celebrations! The popular fall festival features a plethora of autumn-themed activities including the Miss Pumpkin Show, a pumpkin size contest, a pet parade, carnival rides, and a band concert. However, many visitors attend just to get a taste of the fall flavored treats including pumpkin pie, pumpkin creme, and even pumpkin burgers!
One of the most important aspects of any vacation is deciding where to eat. Luckily, there are many fantastic Logan, Ohio restaurants to choose from! Whether you are craving a multi-course meal or a slice of pizza, there is a delicious option that will delight your taste buds. Here are just some of the best restaurants in the Hocking Hills that we highly recommend.
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls’ own restaurant is one of the most sought-after casual dining spots in Hocking Hills. Kindred Spirits is housed in an 1840’s log cabin and seats up to 45 guests in an intimate and open kitchen setting. Our chefs use only the finest local ingredients to create a seasonally-changing menu filled with mouthwatering selections. We also provide a long list of local wines, beers, and spirits for you to enjoy with your meal.
For the best pizza and subs in town, head to Pizza Crossing in Logan, OH! This eatery is known for serving up delicious chicken wings, house salads, pasta dishes, and of course, the best pizza in the area. It is the perfect place to go for a quick meal after a full day of Hocking Hills adventures.
Located within the Hocking Hills Golf Club, Urban Grille offers its guests delicious food and drinks in a casual pub setting. The waitstaff will help you pair your favorite entrees with the ideal beer, cocktail, or wine. You’ll even enjoy fabulous views of Hocking Hills as you feast on steaks, burgers, and more delicious American fare. Don’t forget to try one of their popular desserts!
Millstone is a BBQ lover’s paradise. All of their meats are smoked right on-site for 15-17 hours, giving the outside a crunchy, crusty texture. The pink hue inside is also a unique quality that is indicative of moist meat. It literally melts in your mouth! With high-quality fare, warm hospitality, and an inviting atmosphere, this is a restaurant you’ll want to visit again and again.
Maya Burrito Co. is Logan OH’s fastest-growing restaurant and for good reason! Here you’ll find deliciously authentic Mexican cuisine bursting with Mayan-inspired flavors. Plus, who can resist $1 tacos all-day-long? Build-your-own burritos and nachos are also available on the menu. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a margarita!
Wineries and Breweries
You don’t have to travel all the way to Napa Valley to have an incredible vineyard experience. There are tons of wineries to explore right here in and around the Hocking Hills. The region is also home to a growing number of breweries that craft deliciously unique beers and ciders. When planning your visit with us, don’t forget to add these wineries and breweries to your list!
Hocking Hills Winery
Just minutes from our Inn, you can be transported to Wine Country when you visit Hocking Hills Winery in Logan. Sample a variety of wines in their tasting room including Chardonnay, Malbec, Riesling, and Syrah, or take a tour of the winery. You can munch on appetizer trays and finger foods like meats, cheeses, and crackers. Also, you can order in from a local restaurant or bring one of our Inn’s brown bag lunches!
Established in 2007, Rockside Winery & Vineyards in Lancaster, Ohio, will make you feel like you’ve been transported from the hills of the midwest to the rolling vineyards of Wine Country. It Rockside’s dedication and craftsmanship that have made this winery produce of some the best wines in Ohio. Plus, it’s less than an hour drive from the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls!
Brewery 33 is a local treasure that provides Appalachian-style beer while honoring the German heritage. While you indulge in craft beers like Cranberry Gose and Rock House Red, the kids can enjoy homemade cream soda and root beer! That way, everyone in the family has something new to try!
Devil’s Kettle Brewing
This microbrewery in Athens, OH focuses on creating the most excellent examples of how beer should taste! Try Devil’s Kettle as they use tried and true ingredients to perfect their beers.
Jackie O’s Brewery
Proudly brewing in Athens, OH since 2005, this local brewery also makes rum, bourbon, sherry and tequila. You can tour their farm and bake shop too.
Hocking Hills Moonshine
The only place in Ohio where you can get your shine, a history lesson of prohibition and the experience of a lifetime. Hocking Hills Moonshine is located in downtown Logan, OH. It’s Hocking County’s only moonshine distillery. Take a free tour to watch moonshine being made. You can sample selections for a small fee before deciding to buy.
4 More Fun Things to Do in Hocking Hills
Bird-watching and feeding are the number one fastest growing outdoor recreational activities in the world for all ages. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is one of the best places to bird-watch in the Hocking Hills. Go to Lake Hope and feed the hummingbirds!
After a day of adventure in Hocking Hills, go for a quick swim to unwind.
Hunting & Fishing
For those looking for some of the best hunting in Ohio, Hocking County rates at the top in any discussion of Ohio deer hunting statistics. If you prefer fishing for sport, you can find a variety of local species on your Hocking River Fishing excursion.
When you visit the Hocking Hills, you may want to find an exciting way to explore the nature around you. Guests at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls have long enjoyed ATVs as a means of taking in the beauty of the area. Hocking Hills ATV riding combines a love of the outdoors with a fast and exciting motorsport.
Don’t forget to download our free Hocking Hills Vacation Guide for a complete list of the absolute best things to do in the area!