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America's Byway

The Hocking Hills America's Byway takes travelers deep into the historic hills of southeast Ohio. The Byway traverses hills and valleys and past the six non-contiguous sites of the Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio’s natural crown  jewels.

The Byway also passed historically significant sights. The scenery all along   the Byway is   stunning in every season. Begin on State Route 374 at US 33   in Rockbridge.  State Route   374 was designed to connect the Hocking Hills   State Park sites; Cantwell Cliffs, Rock House,   Conkle’s Hollow, Old Man’s   Cave, Cedar Falls and Ash Cave, from north to south.

ash cave

 The Hocking State Forest Headquarters was the   Hocking County   Honor Camp in the 1930’s to   house prisoners who were not a   flight risk.   These men planted trees, fought forest fires and   helped take care of the parks. A guard went with   them wherever   they went. It was not necessarily economical but it gave prisoners   time in the outdoors and an opportunity to learn new skills.

At mile 11.9 on the Byway is the Village of Mound Crossing.  The mound located in the backyard of the old farmhouse was built by the Hopewell Indians.

In 2020 the trails in all the Hocking Hills State Park   sites were   reconfigured to one-way for the safety of   hikers and the   delicate ecosystem.  Hocking Hills State Park is the only state   park in Ohio with trail laws which prohibit anyone from going       off-trail.There’s   good reason to stay on-trail; your safety and   the safety of the first responders   who rescue hikers in distress.

 All sites offer various length hiking trails. Ash Cave and Conkle’s   Hollow have   handicap accessible trails.  Along the trails hikers   are treated to sparkling   waterfalls, pre-historic caves and   breathtaking scenic vistas.

 Whether looking for a lovely country drive while visiting the   Hocking Hills or a   more active experience the Hocking Hills   Scenic Byway will exceed your   expectations.


Hocking Hills America's Byway Driving Tour (PDF)

Byway Map Only (PDF)