Why You Need to See Cantwell Cliffs in the Hocking Hills
The Hocking Hills is an adventurer’s dream — mile after mile of forest is waiting to be explored! If you’re looking to challenge yourself, head to Cantwell Cliffs. Because of its remote location, not many people have braved these trails. If you think you are up for the hike, you will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful sights in Hocking Hills State Park. Don’t forget to access our complimentary Vacation Guide for even more area excursions!
Cantwell Cliffs History
Cantwell Cliffs is named after one of the first families to settle in the Hocking Hills, the Cantwells. Some accounts say it is specifically named after Joseph Cantwell, who went on to marry into an affluent family.
The stone formations here were created solely from the works of nature. The sandstone is soft, so over time, water has eroded the stone away to create a stunning ravine. If you had seen this area 500 years ago, it would be completely different.
About Cantwell Cliffs
The Cantwell Cliffs is known for being challenging to get to, but it is also known for being one of the most beautiful areas in the Hocking Hills State Park. The cliffs stand about 150 feet tall and overlook Buck Run. A waterfall from Buck Run flows over a portion of the cliffs to create a magical sight. Keep an eye out for the erosion caused by centuries of water flow on the reddish-brown stone. In the spring, you are even treated to spectacular wildflowers along the way.
Cantwell Cliffs is also the home of Fat Woman’s Squeeze. This walkway is part of a rugged trail near the cliffs that sends visitors through a narrow rock path. Don’t worry; most travelers are able to fit through the gap!
The Cantwell Cliffs Loop is a 1.8-mile trail that is rated as moderate. It is one of the most difficult trails you will find in the Hocking Hills State Park, so be cautious during your journey. On this trail, you’ll see colorful wildflowers and towering trees. The forest is always calming and beautiful, and you won’t run into many people on this trail. Keep an eye out for fallen trees, steep descents, and well-worn steps. If you don’t feel like you are up to the challenge, we are more than happy to suggest some other trails for you to enjoy in the area.
What Else Is in the Hocking Hills State Park?
There are so many caves, waterfalls, and stunning formations to see in the Hocking Hills State Park! Get our complimentary Park Guide for our recommendations on things to see and do there. As locals, we know all the best spots to experience!
Book Your Adventure Today
At the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, we place our guests right in the center of nature. The Hocking Hills State Park surrounds our property on three sides, offering easy access to the great outdoors. Enjoy the perfect combination of nature’s peace and solitude with our modern amenities. Find your favorite accommodation from our stunning collection of rooms, cabins, cottages, and yurts. You can even relax after your day of hiking at our spa. We look forward to seeing you!