Hocking Hills State Park -

General Park Information

 


Hocking Hills State Park General Information

Hocking Hills State Park is located at:

Park Office Phone: 740-385-6842

Cottage Office Phone: 740-385-6841

Dining Lodge Phone: (740) 380 -0400

 

 


Activities


Archery

An archery range with 5 static targets and 22 3-D targets is open from daylight until dark year-round.


Dining Lodge

The Hocking Hills State Park Dining Lodge was demolished by fire December of 2016. There were no injuries and plans are being assessed on rebuilding. For those who enjoyed the dining lodge at Hocking Hills State Park, you can find the same distinct character of dining at Lake Hope State Park just a half hour away.

Lake Hope State Park, 27331 Ohio 278, McArthur, OH 45651


Fishing

Fishing is allowed at the 17-acre Rose Lake. Access is off of State Route 374 via a 1/2-mile hiking trail. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.


Hunting

Hunting is allowed in designated areas of the park and is allowed at the adjacent Hocking State Forest.


Picnicking

Five picnic areas with tables, grills, latrines and drinking water are located at each of the recess caves. Five reservable shelters are available:

  • Old Man's Cave
  • Ash Cave
  • Rock House
  • Cedar Falls
  • Cantwell Cliffs  

Picnic shelters can be  reserved online or by calling (866) 644-6727.

All 5 picnic areas are Carry In Carry Out areas. No trash cans are available. Please bring trash bags with you.


Swimming

A Swimming pool outside the dining lodge is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Memorial Day to Labor Day. It is open to the general public for a small daily fee.


Trails

There are miles of hiking trails located throughout the park and adjacent state forest. These trails are beautiful as well as potentially dangerous: caution and common sense are necessary. Young children should be closely supervised while in on the hiking trails. All park visitors must remain on the marked trails at all times.

Nine hiking trails traverse the park:

  • Ash Cave Gorge - 1/4  Mile - Easy - Handicap Accessible
  • Ash Cave Rim - 1/2 Mile - Moderate
  • Cedar Falls - 1/2 Mile - Moderate
  • Old Man's Cave - 1 Mile - Moderate
  • Conkles Hollow - 1 Mile - Easy - Handicap Accessible
  • Conkles Hollow Rim - 2.5 Miles - Moderate
  • Rock House - 1/2 Mile - Moderate
  • Cantwell Cliffs - 1 Mile - Difficult
  • Buckeye Trail - 6 Miles - Moderate

Two mountain bike trails are also available:

  • Purple Trail Loop - 2 Miles - Moderate
  • Orange Trail Loop - 2 miles - Difficult
Portions of the Buckeye Trail go through the park and surrounding state forest. A bridle trail also winds through the adjacent forest.
Winter Recreation

Under the proper conditions, park visitors can enjoy ice fishing.


More to Do
  • Special events and nature programs are offered year round
  • Visitor center at Old Man's cave features interesting displays and a gift shop
  • Rock climbing/rappelling area is available in the adjacent 9,238 acre  Hocking State Forest.