Hiking In Hocking Hills State Park – Logan, OH

Last week I wrote about our failed attempt at a Key West Anniversary Trip.  Needless to say, I was disappointed.  Ok, VERY disappointed – and mad and sad.  But, after I calmed down a bit we shifted our focus and decided to take a drive down to Logan, OH to do some hiking in Hocking Hills State Park.  We also stayed overnight at The Inn And Spa at Cedar Falls.

Hiking In Hocking Hills State Park | Logan, OH | USA | Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls
The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls offers rooms, log cabins and cottages nestled in the woods.

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Hiking In Hocking Hills

Hocking Hills State Park is located in Logan, OH.  It’s a beautiful wooded, rural area located in southeast Ohio,  within driving distance of many nearby cities.

Approximate driving times from nearby cities to Hocking Hills State Park:

  • Columbus, OH – 1 hour
  • Dayton, OH – 2 hours
  • Cincinnati, OH – 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Cleveland, OH – 3 hours
  • Charleston, WV – 2 hours
  • Pittsburgh, PA – 3 hours 15 minutes

As with most of the park’s visitors, we came to do some hiking.  The park offers numerous trails with something for everyone – easy strolls, moderate wooded paths and more vigorous hikes.  There are 6 main areas for hiking in Hocking Hills State Park.

Hiking In Hocking Hills State Park | Logan, OH | USA | Ash Cave Gorge
A beautiful waterfall at the end of the Ash Cave Gorge Trail

Ash Cave

Ash Cave is a large recess cave located on the southern end of the park.  The rim of this U shaped cave is over 700 ft wide and features a beautiful waterfall.  There are 2 trails to choose from at this location.

  • Ash Cave Gorge – This is  an easy 1/4 mile path that leads into the cave and is handicapped accessible.
  • Ash Cave Rim – This is a slightly more difficult, but still very moderate, path that takes you around the upper rim of the cave.  This trail is about .5 miles long.
Hiking In Hocking Hills State Park | Logan, OH | USA | Ash Cave
Looking out from Ash Cave

 

Cedar Falls

This is a large 50 ft waterfall is located near the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, and has the largest volume of water of any of the falls in the park.   You can take a 3 mile hike from Cedar Falls to Old Mans’ Cave or a 3 mile hike from Cedar Falls south to Ash Cave.

Hiking In Hocking Hills State Park | Logan, OH | USA | Rose Lake
Rose Lake is located on the trail from Cedar Falls to Old Man’s Cave

Old Man’s Cave

Old Man’s Cave is a popular spot and therefore parking can be tricky on popular weekends.  Thankfully we visited on a weekday and had no problem.  From here you can take the Grandma Gatewood Trail which connects to Cedar Falls and Ash Cave.  It’s a 6 mile trail end to end one way.  The Old Man’s Cave trail is about 1 mile long.  If you are in this area, check out the Devil’s Bathtub to view a cool natural whirpool!

Hiking In Hocking Hills State Park | Logan, OH | USA | Old Man's Cave, Devil's Bathtub
The Devil’s Bathtub at Old Man’s Cave

Tip: If you will be bringing the kids to visit Hocking Hills State Park, bring their rainboots.  They will enjoy splashing in the puddles and creeks and you will enjoy not listening to them complain about wet shoes for the rest of the day!


Conkle’s Hollow

Conkle’s Hollow has been a State Nature Preserve since 1977.  It offers cliffs that rise about 200 feet above the ground.  The gorge is as narrow as 100 feet in some places and is one of the deepest in Ohio.  This area is incredibly shady because of the abundance of trees so it’s great if you want to stay out of the hot midday sun.  There are 2 trails at the Conkle’s Hollow Nature Preserve

  • Conkle’s Hollow:  This is an easy paved 1/2 mile trail (1 mile in and back) into the Conkle’s Hollow Gorge.  This trail is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers so it’s great for the whole family.
  • Conkle’s Hollow Rim:  This is a difficult 2 1/2 mile trail around the rim of the gorge.  This trail is not for anyone who has a fear of heights!  The trail is narrow and has steep drop offs in some places.  I wouldn’t recommend this for kids either.  It was pretty muddy the day we did this trail which added an element of difficulty.
Hiking In Hocking Hills State Park | Logan, OH | USA | Conkle's Hollow Rim Trail
A gorgeous view from the Conkle’s Hollow Rim Trail

Rock House

Rock House is unique as it is the only true cave in Hocking Hills State Park.  It has tunnel like paths that were created by water leaking through cracks in the sandstone.  The Rock House Trail is an easy 1/2 mile long.  While you are there, look for small recesses in the back walls – these are believed to have been used as cooking ovens by the Native Americans.

Hiking In Hocking Hills State Park | Logan, OH | USA
Another beautiful waterfall we saw while hiking in Hocking Hills State Park

Cantwell Cliffs

This is one of the most remote areas of the park, located on the far north side.  There is a 1 mile trail that is fairly difficult with many steep dropoffs and narrow passages.  While you are there see if you can squeeze through the narrow stairway dubbed “Fat Woman’s Squeeze”!  There is also a shorter, easier path through the valley of the cliffs.

Have you done any hiking in Hocking Hills State Park?  If not, be sure to check it out if you are in the area.  Happy Travels!

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Hiking in Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, OH (USA). There are 6 main hiking areas available in Hocking Hills offering something for everyone.

 

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5 thoughts on “Hiking In Hocking Hills State Park – Logan, OH

  1. Thanks for this most wonderful blast from the past! I visited all of these areas many times and in all seasons when I lived in Athens County in the late 1980s and early 90s, by far the most beautiful part of Ohio. I hope that Ohioans are doing all they can to ensure that all of these areas stay preserved.

  2. This is great! I just found out I’m going to SouthEast Ohio next week, so I’m definitely going to stop at Hocking Hills on the way home!

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