6 Hiking Trails in Hocking Hills, Ohio

6 Hiking Trails in Hocking Hills, Ohio

Sometimes it’s much-needed to get outside, enjoy the fresh, crisp air, and take in some stunning views. In Hocking Hills, Ohio, you can do just that. Hocking Hills has some of the best hiking trails in the nation. Cascading, sparkling waterfalls, rocky gorges, hidden caves, and lush valleys are just a few of the stunning things you’ll find along the many winding trails. Many of the trails are also handicapped accessible. If you ever find yourself in Hocking Hills, the trails are a must-see.

Ash Cave

Ash Cave’s trail runs in a simple loop along a cliff. The Rim Trail, which runs along the top of the cliff, is about 2 miles, and the Gorge Trail runs about 1/4 of a mile. The trail is also handicapped accessible. No doubt the Ash Cave is the most popular feature in the park, but there’s also plenty more to explore.

Catwell Cliffs

Located in the northern part of Hocking Hills, is the remote trail of Catwell Cliffs. Due to its seclusion from other parks, it discourages visitors, so if you’re looking for a serene, quiet trail exploration, this might be the place! Guests are encouraed to swim and explore the waterfalls and cliffs. Keep in mind, this trail does not have any restrooms like many others do.

Cedar Falls

Cedar Falls is home to the largest waterfall in the Hocking Hills region. Like many of the other trails, pets are allowed to explore these stunning views with you and swimming is also encouraged.

Conkle’s Hollow Nature Preserve

Conkle’s Hollow is one of the more rugged trails,┬áso it may not be suitable for inexperienced hikers. The valley floor below the rocky gorge is lush, and growing with ferns and wildflowers. Conkle’s Hollow is also wheelchair accessible.

Old Man’s Cave

This trail is one of the most popular trails of all of Hocking Hills. It’s a simple 1-mile trail. It has many components to it, with countless waterfalls and a narrow, deep gorge. As with many others, Old Man’s Cave is wheelchair accessible.

Rock House

Rock House is one of the more unqiue areas in the region. It has the only “true” cave in the park with a narrow, tunnel-like corridor inside some Blackhand sandstone. This trail is one of the few without waterfall features and┬álarge bodies of water. It has one small stream that runs in the northern part of the trail.

To see a full list of the Hocking Hills trail maps, visit hockinghills.com.

About the Author: Karen is a guest contributor from Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, providing lodging and a list of amenities and spa treatments in Hocking Hills, Ohio.