The Hocking Hills region is one of Ohio’s best-kept secrets. This area is less than a couple of hours away from Ohio’s major metropolitan areas like Columbus and Cincinnati, making it the perfect choice for travelers who simply want to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here, you can ease your mind and challenge your body by exploring the miles of hiking trails at Hocking Hills State Park. Or treat yourself to well-deserved R&R at the Spa at Cedar Falls. With so many great things to do in the Hocking Hills, you’re sure to find an activity that interests you! 

When travelers are looking for a place where they can relax, unwind, and focus on the very best of outdoor fun and adventure too, they’ll find it all and more waiting for them in Hocking Hills, Ohio. This scenic and inviting region is a gem in the Southeastern portion of the state that offers visitors a chance to enjoy landscapes adorned with everything from sweeping rock formations and impressive ravines to towering cliffs and stunning caverns as well. It’s an idyllic place for travelers to spend time hiking and biking in the great outdoors but it’s just as welcoming for those who are looking for a place where they can shop, dine, and relax their way through a well-deserved getaway. No matter what your perfect itinerary entails or what your plans may be for your Hocking Hills getaway, the following are some of the opportunities you’re going to want to try when you’re excited to make the most of every moment!

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, get your free copy of our Hocking Hills Vacation Guide. This area guide has even more local information on the best things to do in the Hocking Hills region! 

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Here Are the Best Things to Do in Hocking Hills, Ohio


The Upper Falls waterfall and bridge in Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio, USA.

1. Explore Hocking Hills State Park


From the various hiking trails to the wonderous wildlife viewing, The Hocking Hills State Park is truly a sight to behold. This 2,356-acre Ohio state park is a popular spot amongst travelers to our beloved area and creates an opportunity to create an adventure of your own. While you're out adventuring, we encourage visitors to experience these beloved attractions, including: 

These Hocking Hill State Park Main Attractions:


How Else to Experience the State Park


Each area has distinguishing features and hiking and climbing trails of varying lengths and difficulty, but you can still expect to find magnificent Black Hand Sandstone cliffs, gorges, waterfalls, and hemlock forests wherever you go in Hocking Hills State Park! 

Get your free copy of our Hocking Hills State Park Guide for park and trail maps, interesting facts, and much more. It has everything you need to plan your next expedition! 

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2. Ample Ways to Relax & Unwind at the Spa at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls


Set back in nature, our area is the perfect place to escape from the stress of everyday life. When you step foot onto our property, a sense of calm immediately washes over you. Treat yourself to one of the popular services at the Spa at Cedar Falls: 

  • Relaxation packages and Combination Services.
  • Body services including wraps and scrubs. 
  • Premier facials.
  • Various massage options. 
  • Integrated practices such as Reiki and Ionic Footbath baths.
  • Ample add-on services for a premier experience.
Little girl on her dads shoulders at one of the Hocking Hills events

3. Attend an Event, One our Favorite Things to Do in the Hocking Hills


There’s always something exciting happening in the Hocking Hills. From holiday-themed celebrations to music festivals, you can find an event that interests you. Be sure to check our events calendar to see what’s happening during your visit! 

Check Out Some of Our Favorite Hocking Hills Events 


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Older couple hiking through the woods birdwatching.
a group of friends enjoying a summer hike

4. Taste Local Flavors 

You deserve to treat yourself when you’re on vacation! Between activities, indulge in some of the most delicious cuisine our area has to offer at our on-site restaurant, Kindred Spirits. 

Here are a few recommendations on dining at Kindred Spirits: 

  • Free, daily breakfast for overnight guests of the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls 
  • Breakfast carry-out options are available at your convenience. 
  • Seasonal lunch selections at Kindred Spirits 
  • To-go, brown-bag lunches are available. 
  • Seasonal dinner creations at Kindred Spirits 
  • Kindred Spirits is a popular dinner spot for locals and visitors alike. We recommend reserving your table in advance! 

5. Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls 

Ready to plan a getaway to the Hocking Hills region of Ohio? Now that you know all the best things to do in Hocking Hills, Ohio, it’s time to find the perfect place to stay. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is located nearby all the best area attractions. Our property is surrounded on three sides by Hocking Hills State Park, so adventure is on your doorstep each day of your stay! While you’re here, be sure to visit our on-site restaurant, Kindred Spirits, as well as the Spa at Cedar Falls.  

When you stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, you can choose from a variety of lodging options including cabinscottagesyurtsgeodomes, and Hocking Hills lodges. Each of these options offers an unforgettable lodging experience! 

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