Tucked away in the southeast corner of Ohio, you’ll find the enchanting realm of Hocking Hills—a region of unparalleled natural splendor, embracing the celebrated Hocking Hills State Park, numerous nature preserves, and a lush state forest. This area invites visitors to immerse themselves in a captivating blend of geological marvels and verdant landscapes.
The topography of Hocking Hills tells a story from over 350 years ago, harking back to a time when Ohio was cradled beneath a shallow sea. Today, the remnants of this ancient time are beautifully preserved in the dramatic landscapes, carved from Blackhand sandstone and shale. Over the centuries, the forces of nature have meticulously shaped the land, creating majestic caves, imposing cliffs, sheltering rock formations, and graceful waterfalls.
By the 1870s, word had spread about the magical allure of Hocking Hills, drawing visitors from across the country to bask in its scenic splendor. In a landmark decision in 1924, the state of Ohio stepped in to safeguard this treasure, purchasing a 146-acre tract at Old Man’s Cave, ensuring that the wonders of Hocking Hills would be preserved for generations to come. The park’s facilities were further enriched in 1972, with the opening of a warm and welcoming dining lodge and a collection of quaint cottages. After a fire, the lodge was rebuilt in 2023, providing guests with a luxurious sanctuary in the heart of nature, complete with a full-service restaurant, café, and ballroom.
Today, Hocking Hills continues to captivate the hearts of travelers with its array of natural treasures. From the mesmerizing waterfalls that cascade into cool, hemlock-shaded gorges, to the magnificent cliffs offering sweeping views of the landscape, the park is a haven for those seeking adventure and beauty. Visitors can embark on a journey of discovery through the six distinct regions of Hocking Hills State Park—each with its own unique natural attractions.