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7 Hocking Hills Hiking Trails Worth Exploring!

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Beautiful waterfalls along Hocking Hills Trails

If you haven't yet explored the sensational network of Hocking Hills Trails in southeastern Ohio, then it's definitely time to get yourself to this beautiful part of the country.  You're in for a remarkably beautiful retreat! There's a lot to love about the beautiful Midwest, but Hocking Hills is arguably one of the most popular getaway destinations for couples and families alike - and for good reason.

Hocking Hills is an incredible place to hike, and there are 7 main areas of Hocking Hills Trails to explore - which means multiple adventures and something new to explore each time you visit! As great as hiking in Hocking Hills is, it's not the only way to enjoy your time in the area. 

From hiking and exploring to canoeing and ziplining, there's no shortage of fun things to do in Hocking Hills. There happen to be plenty of great places to stay, too! Nothing, however, compares to the upscale lodging experience provided by our Select Registry member Bed and Breakfasts. 

Not only do each of our properties offer cozy & upscale guest rooms in which to relax and unwind, but each of our Innkeepers are local experts, eager to show their guests the very best of their area. They've also each passed a rigorous inspection, ensuring that when you choose to Stay Select

We'd love for you to join us on an extraordinary hiking adventure this summer or fall.  If you're ready to hit some Hocking Hills trails, then it's time to book your room at our Select Registry member properties!

Explore these beautiful Hocking Hills Trails

10 Hocking Hills Trails to Try!

There's no denying it - Hocking Hills is exceptionally beautiful. There's truly a reason it's remained such a well-loved vacation destination over the years. As we mentioned before, there are 7 main areas of Hocking Hills trails on which to hike. These areas include Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Cedar Falls, Whispering Cave, Conkle's Hollow, Cantwell Cliffs, and Rock House. 

We'll describe the most popular Hocking Hills trails in detail below, but notably, they are all one-way loop trails, which is a great way to keep the hiking experiences enjoyable for all, especially when it's busy. Along each of these trails, you'll enjoy an abundance of natural beauty unique features like bridges, caves, deep gorges, beautiful foliage, plentiful wildlife, and roaring waterfalls.

  1. The most popular of all the areas in Hocking Hills is Old Man's Cave. Here, you'll have access to Upper Falls, Upper Gorge, Middle Falls, Lower Falls, and Lower Gorge. 
  2. The Newest of the Hocking Hills Trails is the Whispering Cave/Hemlock Bridge Trail. It's one of the more challenging hikes in the park, but the gorgeous views and 100-foot waterfall are more than worth the effort. 
  3. The only true cave in the park is Rock House.  It's 200 feet long, 20-30 feet wide, and 25 feet tall. 
  4. If you're a fan of waterfalls, head to Cedar Falls, the largest in Hocking Hills. It's quiet, serene, and powerful, and something you certainly won't want to miss. 
  5. In the northern part of Hocking Hills and away from the busier throngs of visitors is Cantwell Cliffs. There are trails on both the valley floor and along the rim, and it's a truly special area to enjoy some hiking. 
  6. Combine both hiking and birdwatching with the Hocking Hills Trails at Conkle's Hollow Nature Preserve. It's an incredibly deep gorge, and the trail meanders along its floor. 
  7. In the southern part of the park is Ash Cave, which is where you'll find the largest and most spectacular recessed cave, along with a seasonal waterfall. 
night view Hocking Hills Trails

5 More Things to do in Hocking Hills

It's true that hiking along the vast network of Hocking Hills Trails is the most popular activity to enjoy throughout the part, but it's certainly not the only way to experience Hocking Hills. Here are a few other adventures & activities worth incorporating into your next vacation to beautiful Hocking Hills:

  1. The Hocking River is a great place to enjoy a bit of canoeing, taking in the beautiful natural scenery in an entirely different way. 
  2. Hocking Hills trails offer one way to see the park, but for an entirely new experience, try ziplining over the trees and enjoying the scenery in an adrenaline-pumping and beautiful way!
  3. Rock Climbing & rappelling is popular in the park, thanks to the steep rock walls found here. 
  4. There are several ranches in the area that offer horseback riding trips through beautiful hocking hills. 
  5. In addition to hiking trails, there are also a few mountain biking trails that can be enjoyed in Hocking Hills. 

Whatever you choose to do, your vacation to Hocking Hills will be packed with fun, adventure, and plenty of beautiful scenery.  At the end of the day, there will be nothing better than returning to the comfortable accommodations at our Select Registry member properties, where you can put your feet up and enjoy a wonderful night of rest.

As you wake up for a new day's adventure, they'll treat you to a sumptuous breakfast before sending you on your way.  It's just one of the many reasons to choose to Stay Select. We hope to see you soon!

Lodging Near Hocking Hills

Glenlaurel, A Scottish Inn and Cottages

Glenlaurel, "the premier romantic getaway in the midwest," is a wee bit o'Scottish highlands in the heart of Ohio's Hocking Hills.Our luxury inn offers bed and breakfast hospitality in an atmosphere of effortless, old-world elegance. Glenlaurel's 140-acre estate is home to 20 inviting accommodations that range from richly-appointed rooms and suites to secluded and romantic crofts (small cabins) and cottages.

This peaceful sanctuary boasts a Gourmet restaurant, offering six and seven-course fine dining, Three private hiking trails with waterfalls and scenic gorge, Scottish Links golf course with sand greens, sand tees, and hickory shaft clubs, An on-site pub with full-service bar and social hour, Relaxing spa services including massage and facials, Private hot tubs, whirlpool tub, and gas log fireplaces, Complimentary full three-course gourmet breakfasts, and Housemade Scottish shortbread in every room.

Our secluded, adults-only resort is tranquil and inviting - lending itself as the perfect location for a range of events.

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New Plymouth, OH

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Glenlaurel, A Scottish Inn and Cottages

Rockbridge, OH

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