Hike & Camp in Hocking Hills, Ohio

Hocking Hills Visitor Center

Hocking Hills offers prime hiking trails for all levels. Explore caves and rock formations on this dog-friendly hike. Want to stay longer? Spend the night with local camping and cabins.

If you find yourself in Ohio, you must stop in Logan and visit the Hocking Hills. This place seems to consistently find itself on lists for the best hiking in the country - and for good reason. The forest and state park is vast, and it includes Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, Rock House, the list goes on. Visit the Hocking Hills and Parks websites to plan out where you want to hit, and grab some maps at the visitor's center when you arrive.

Two favorites of returning visitors and locals are often Old Man's Cave and the Rock House. Check out the Rock House on your way to Old Man's Cave. It's a short, but somewhat uneven trail that takes you to the only "official" cave in the hills. Bring a flashlight or use your phone to illuminate where you step inside the cave. It can get quite dark in the center and it's easy to slip on the sandstone if you don't look where you're going. Inside, though, is an awesome example of natural beauty. The colors and formations of the rocks are breathtaking.

You'll spend most of your day hiking at Old Man's Cave. Another spot you'll definitely want to take photos at - the open air "cave" is one of the coolest spots in the park. Make sure to also check out the Upper and Lower Falls (especially after a hard rainfall).

Make sure you have a road map or the state park's app downloaded before you get too far out of range so you know where you're going. And prepare for a hilly , curvy drive on the way. Your last true stop for snacks or cell phone service is in the town of Logan.

Whether you spend just a day here, or a whole weekend camping, you can't really go wrong. The hills are waiting!

Pack List

  • Camera!
  • Hiking Shoes & Backpack
  • Snacks & Water
  • Camping Gear (If Camping)
  • Dramamine (If you get car sick - quite curvy)
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Perfect For Family

Easy access, beautiful falls, activities and clean campsites! What more can you ask for? I've been going here since I was a child and now take my daughters at least once a year. We've been in all seasons but prefer the warmer months as they love to get wet.

Good Trail

Good trail with a cave, waterfall and dam.

Best Camping in Ohio

You honestly can't find a better place to camp than hocking hills. This is THE place for everything outdoors in the state. If you are camping in Ohio, go here.


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