Hocking Hills State Parks

Hocking Hills waterfall

Home to a rich-biodiversity, towering cliffs, waterfalls, and deep gorges, Hocking Hills State Park has five separate sections: Old Man's Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs and Rock House. The park's newest edition --Whispering Caves -- is located on the Hemlock Bridge Trail. 

These wonders were created more than 330 million years ago, beginning as level ground covered by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The ocean slowly receded after millions of years, further forming with the Appalachian region. What we see today was the result of a melting glacier creating rivers, waterfalls, caves and gorges. The name "Hocking" came much later thanks to Native Americans that once resided in the area, deeming it "Hockhocking River" (bottle river).

With more than 10,000 acres and 200 campsites, millions of visitors come enjoy the forest and its many activities from rock climbing, rappelling, canoeing, horseback riding, hiking and more year round. 

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Ash Cave

(740) 385-6841
Ash Cave is the largest recess cave east of the Mississippi and perhaps the most awe-inspiring feature of Hocking Hills State Park. With a horseshoe-shaped rim that spans 700 feet,...

Cantwell Cliffs

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Situated on a high outcropping of Black Hand sandstone, Cantwell Cliffs is in one of the most remote areas of Hocking Hills State Park, and offers hikers the best of...

Cedar Falls

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Cedar Falls has the greatest volume of water of all the falls in Hocking County, with water plunging 50 feet. It’s easily the most photographed of waterfalls in Ohio. The...

Conkle’s Hollow Nature Preserve

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Designated as a State Nature Preserve in 1977, Conkle’s Hollow’s sheer cliffs of Black Hand sandstone rise nearly 200 feet above the valley floor. The deep, cool gorge, which is...

Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park

We're a non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization for people who love the Hocking Hills and take special interest in improving Park features and preserving it for the enjoyment of future generations....

Hemlock Bridge Trail and Whispering Cave Trail

(740) 385-6841
New Trails Open: Hemlock Bridge Trail and Whispering Cave Trail The Hemlock Bridge Trail passes Whispering Cave and connects with the gorge trail to Old Man's Cave and Cedar Falls....

Hocking Hills State Park

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Towering cliffs, waterfalls, and deep gorges are all found in Hocking Hills State Park. Actually encompassing six distinctly different natural areas, Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio offers such great diversity...

Lake Hope State Park

(740) 596-4938
A natural paradise, 2,983-acre Lake Hope State Park lies entirely within the 26,824-acre Zaleski State Forest in the valley of Big Sandy Run. It is a rugged, heavily forested region...

Lake Logan State Park

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Lake Logan was developed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 1955 for recreational purposes. It’s now one of the finest fishing lakes in Ohio. Lake Logan sports northern...

Old Man's Cave

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Comprised of the Upper Falls, Upper Gorge,Middle Falls, Lower Falls and Lower Gorge, Old Man’s Cave travels along the magnificent gorge cut through the entire 150-foot thickness of the Blackhand...

Rock House

740-385-6841
The only true cave in Hocking Hills State Park, this grand tunnel-like corridor is situated midway up a 150-foot cliff of Black Hand sandstone. The cavern features natural cut-outs which...

Rockbridge State Nature Preserve

614-265-6561
Rockbridge’s natural arch or bridge is more than 100 feet long and 10 to 20 feet wide, and gracefully arches 50 feet across a ravine. It is considered the largest...