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Hocking Hills State  Park - Upper Falls

Clear Creek Metro Park- Fern Creek Trail

Clear Creek Metro Park: Fern Picnic Area Parking
Clear Creek Road
Rockbridge, Ohio 43149

(39.588502, -82.59435)

Fern Creek Loop Trail is about 1.9 miles long and begins as a spur across Clear Creek Road from Fern Picnic Area. It is mildly strenuous. Hikers must stay on trail.

(No dogs allowed)


Fern Creek Trail - The Hocking Hills in Southern Ohio.

1.9 miles - Takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to hike.

Fern Creek Trail - The Hocking Hills in Southern Ohio.

Hemlock forests and meadows.

Fern Creek Trail Entrance - The Hocking Hills in Southern Ohio.

Parking at Fern Picnic Area. Entrance to Fern Trail is right across Clear Creek Road - not long after, the trail forks and take a left - (this is the beginning of the loop).

Fern Creek Trail- The Hocking Hills in Southern Ohio.

Where loop begins.

Fern Creek Trail Map- The Hocking Hills in Southern Ohio.


The Hocking Hills



Enjoying Cedar Falls near Old Man's Cave.

Trail systems within Ohio's Hocking Hills Region



Waterfall during rains.


There are seven major hiking areas in Hocking Hills State Park - All are one-way trail systems.  

Ash CaveOld Man's CaveRock House, Conkle's HollowCedar FallsCantwell Cliffs, and Whispering Cave Trail. These park areas offer a unique experience for those who walk its paths no matter what season (the park is open year-round from dawn to dusk)—located on the southern edge of Hocking County. But those are just a handful. There are many hiking trails in the Hocking Hills include those at Wayne National Forest, Clear Creek Metro Parks, Lake Hope State Park, Vinton County Park District's Moonville Tunnel, and Hocking College's Robbins Crossing (with park programs) and the Athens Hock-Hocking Adena Rail Trail bikeway.