Background

Ohio's Hocking Hills are located in the state's southeast region. The dramatic landscape is the result of glacial activity about 100,000 years ago. Although the glaciers never reached the area, their influence is still seen here in the form of the vegetation growing in the gorges. The glaciers changed the climate of all Ohio to a moist, cool environment. This condition persisted in only a few places, most notably in the deep gorges of the Hocking Hills.

The Hocking Hills have attracted nature lovers since the late 1800s. Today, the Hocking Hills State Park welcomes more than 3 million visitors each year. The scenic features of the six areas of the Hocking Hills State Park complex are carved in the Blackhand sandstone. This bedrock was deposited more than 350 million years ago as a delta in the warm shallow sea, which covered Ohio at that time. Subsequent millions of years of uplift and stream erosion created the awesome beauty seen today.

With the opening of the Midwest's first canopy zipline adventure in 2008, the Hocking Hills has become the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest with more than fifty ziplines providing adventure seekers with a bird’s eye view of the dramatic landscape.

The region is the ideal destination for eco tourists, offering a plethora of things to do in the Hocking Hills like hiking, rock climbing, rappelling, horseback riding, fishing, bird watching, canoeing and kayaking.

The natural beauty of Hocking Hills weddings has made the area the destination of choice for hundreds of brides and grooms every year. Cabins nestled in the woods provide the perfect romantic getaway for newlyweds and forever honeymooners.

Several large lodges added to the region make ideal destinations for reunions and retreats. These luxuriously appointed accommodations provide families and friends with a private resort, complete with game room, swimming pool, fully equipped gourmet kitchen and plenty of living space for the whole group.

Group press tours are hosted regularly. FreeStyle Press Tours are also available.  For more information on press tours contact Amy Weirick, Weirick Communications, amy@weirickcommunications.com, 614-848-8380-or Karen Raymore, kraymore@explorehockinghills.com, 740-385-2750.