Hocking Hills State Park
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is surrounded on three sides by the Hocking Hills State Park, meaning many of the park’s most popular attractions and trails, including Cedar Falls, Old Man’s Cave, and Ash Cave, can be found just minutes from your accommodation. Whether you’re interested in exploring vast caves or admiring cascading waterfalls, Hocking Hills State Park has it all! To help you get started on planning your adventures, here is everything you need to know about the park’s most popular destinations.
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The Best Hocking Hills State Park Locations
Ash Cave is the largest recess cave in Ohio and measures nearly 700 feet from end to end. It was named for large amounts of ashes that early settlers discovered in the cave. They believed that Native Americans used Ash Cave for their shelter and the ashes were from the campfires. Visitors love to explore the cave and admire its massive cascading waterfall.
While the Cantwell Cliffs are one of the park’s least frequented trails, it boasts an absolutely stunning feature that is well worth the journey. The cliffs stand approximately 150 feet high and overlook Buck Run. A waterfall from Buck Run also flows over a portion of the cliffs. Hikers can either traverse the trails of the valley floor or the rim. If you choose the one-mile hike to the East Rim Trail, you will be rewarded by a scenic view of the cliff and rock shelter at Lookout Point.
Clear Creek Metro Park
The Clear Creek Metro Park is a 5,000-acre day-use park that extends the length of the Clear Creek Valley. It is also home to one of the largest nature preserves in Ohio! More than 1,200 native plant species and 150 species of birds have been identified in this area. In addition to wildlife viewing, visitors can enjoy hiking trails and picnicking.
Conkle’s Hollow State Park
Conkle’s Hollow was named for W.J. Conkle, who carved his name and the date 1797 into the Black Hand sandstone on the west wall of the gorge. Hikers will enjoy 2 ½-miles of trails around the rim of the cliffs while taking in some of the park’s most beautiful views! There is also a ½-mile round trip trail along the base that makes for an easier hike.
Old Man’s Cave
The Old Man’s Cave area can be divided into five sections: Upper Falls, Upper Gorge, Middle Falls, Lower Falls, and Lower Gorge. The magnificent gorge cuts through Blackhand sandstone and serves an opportunity for visitors to peer into the earth’s subsurface. The main hiking trail starts at the Welcome Center and takes a relatively straight route through the gorge to Old Man’s Cave. The trail then continues to the Sphinx Head and Overlook rock formations. Whispering Cave, one of the Hocking Hills’ newest attractions, is also accessible from the hiking trails. With plenty of man-made steps and bridges along the way, this route is a relatively easy stroll for visitors of all skill levels.
Rock Bridge State Nature Preserve
The natural Rock Bridge in Hocking Hills State Park is believed to have originated millions of years ago when Ohio lay under a warm inland sea. The arch is the largest natural bridge in Ohio measuring at more than 100 feet long and 10 to 20 feet wide. The hike to the bridge takes about an hour and a half, but you can also visit the natural arch while canoeing down the river.
Rose Lake is one of the best in Ohio for fishing and bird watching. Each spring, it is stocked with trout and has become a favorite for our fisherman guests, young and old. The hike through the tall pines as you transcend on the lake is mesmerizing and located only a half mile from the inn.
Tar Hollow State Park
Tar Hollow is the third largest state forest in Ohio, covering 16,120 acres. Activities at Tar Hollow State Park include camping, boating, fishing, horseback riding, backpacking, hiking, and hunting in the spring.
Whispering Cave, one of the Hocking Hills’ newest attractions, is accessible from the Old Man’s Cave hiking trails. With plenty of man-made steps and bridges along the way, this route is a relatively easy stroll for visitors of all skill levels.
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