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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hocking Hills State Park-WOW

Easter Sunday we arrived here at Hocking Hills State Park, we left the rig in the parking lot and took our small truck up (and up and up) to the campground to choose a site. I had seen online there were lots of sites open for the next 4 days so didn't bother with reservations, after driving around we settled on site 65, it is a large site at the end of the loop by the water tower. While down at the camp store we had no Verizon signal but up top at the site there are 2 bars, so we are able to get a good internet signal and the satellite dish works great too.
There are sites that have more trees and some completely open. There is a non reservable area of about 15 sites and a loop of non electric sites, all of the OH state parks we've been the in sites are electric only, we took on water down by the camp store and have ended up with a water spigot next to the site. The park looks like it is very popular in the summer time as there is a pool in the campground. On the state park grounds there is also a dining lodge (seasonal) and 40 family cottages, there are 24 miles of hiking trails and 4 miles of mountain biking trails, seems like something for everyone.I called my folks on Easter and when they found out where we were they asked me if I remembered being there before, evidently when I was very young, considering it's proximity to Cincinnati where my dad's folks lived I'm not surprised. As we were driving here I saw a sign to Serpent Mounds which I  recognized as a place we'd visited when I was real young.

During our 3 full days we had at Hocking State Park we explored each of the 6 areas that make up the park, irregardless of Dave's heel we did some hiking everyday. Each area had a gorge trail and a rim trail, we did many but not all of the trails.

Old Man's Cave area:

Rock House and Cantwell Cliffs area:

 Cedar Falls, Ash Cave & Conkle's Hollow areas:

A few of the many wildflowers we saw blooming:

See Mom, we did find some trillium :) 

What a great 3 days we had enjoying this wonderful state park, we would strongly recommend if you like to hike and enjoy nature to stop here for a few days at least. The area has lots of small inns and cabins for rent and this is clearly a very popular area, can't wait till we get a chance to pass through here again.

We have now moved on to West Branch State Park in Ravena OH where we will spend three nights and leave on Sunday for VT. With just one overnight stop, it's going to be a couple of long driving days.

Until next time...


  1. Hocking hills was recommended to us by some other blogger friends and we've always wanted to go there. We just don't see to go through Ohio very often and when we do, not through that area. Those trails look wonderful so now I want to go even more. We just finished our long driving days and boy am I glad! Good luck with them and safe travels.

  2. What a beautiful place! If we're ever in that area, we'll be sure to check it out.
    Safe travels to VT. Sure hope the snow is all gone :)

  3. Love this place. I have put it on our bucket list of places to stay and explore whenever we make it to Ohio.

  4. Awesome pics of the cave. Looks like a beautiful park.

  5. Lovely park ... great hiking opportunities.


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