Top Things to Do in Ohio's Hocking Hills

The mist of waterfalls and the shade of hemlocks cool summer days. Dinners by candlelight and relaxing soaks warm the nights. Check out our trip guide for what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Ohio's Hocking Hills.

Upper Falls section of Old Man's Creek
Upper Falls, Hocking Hills State Park. Photo: Randall Schieber

What to Do

Columbus Washboard Company

Still turning out washboards by hand, the Logan factory holds guided tours weaving history with fun tales of washboard use.

Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve

Waterfalls cascade over the sheer cliffs of this forested sandstone gorge near Hocking Hills State Park. Trails wind down the narrow valley floor as well as along the bluff top.

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours. Courtesy of Ohio Tourism

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

Ziplines and sky bridges in Rockbridge create a route through the tree canopy for views of a river and limestone caves.

Hocking Hills State Park Ohio
Hocking Hills State Park. Courtesy of Ohio Tourism

Hocking Hills State Park

More than 30 miles of hiking trails and two mountain biking trails crisscross the 2,356 acres of hemlock-shaded gorges, sandstone caves and waterfalls, such as the weather-dependent one at 90-foot-tall Ash Cave. Head to the new visitors center—more than twice the size of the original—to learn about the best trails. The John Glenn Astronomy Park offers stargazing and free programs on weekends. An 81-room lodge opened in late 2022, with a restaurant, indoor pool and outdoor pool.


Pick your Hocking Hills adventure—waterfall or cliff rappelling, rock climbing, archery, fishing, nature exploration—and a professional guide will lead the way. Most treks are in Hocking State Forest.

Where to Eat and Drink

M and M Family Diner

All-day breakfast fare and eclectic decor star at this homey hangout in Logan.

Millstone BBQ

Starters of mini cornbread muffins with whipped honey butter transition to meals of smoked meats at this roadhouse-style joint in Logan. We love the saucy bacon-wrapped burnt ends.


Seasonal, high-end comfort food made and served by students in the Hocking College culinary arts program makes the 30-minute drive from the state park to Nelsonville worth it. S'mores cake is a great end to any meal.

Rockmill Brewery

Sip Belgian-style beers—including an amber, fruity and smooth Dubbel—in a tasting room with a stone fireplace at a former farm in Lancaster.

Where to Stay

Buffalo Lodging Company

Well-appointed vacation homes near Rockbridge handle large groups (many sleep 12 or more). Some include heated pools, outdoor fire rings and grills.

Glenlaurel, A Scottish Inn and Cottages

Scottish bagpipes might announce candlelight meals in the manor set on 140 acres. Elegant rooms, a spa and secluded trails round out a stay in the adults-only spot near Rockbridge.

Hocking Hills Lodge and Conference Center

Ohio's newest state park lodge, opened in fall 2022, offers accommodations just steps from the trails at Hocking Hills State Park. The two-story lodge includes 81 rooms, both indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, a fitness center, and games like Ping-Pong and cornhole. Cabins are also available.

Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls Hocking Hills Ohio
Kindred Spirits. Kevin J. Miyazaki/Redux

Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls

Guest rooms and cottages nail the cozy retreat-in-the-woods aesthetic, down to the in-room fireplaces and forest views. High-end yurts come with a dome for stargazing. The on-site restaurant, Kindred Spirits, dishes upscale American fare, and nearby trails lead into Hocking Hills State Park.

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