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Rock HouseHocking Hills Hiking Trails - A Guide to the Hiking Trails of the Hocking Hills-The Book

Rock House 16350 OH-374, Laurelville, OH 43135 | GPS Tracking: (39.496345, -82.614583)

Rock House  is one of the 7 major hiking trails of Hocking Hills State Park in southern Ohio. Rock House Loop Trail is about 1 mile.

Hikers enter from either the upper or lower parking lot, but both trails come together and exit at the shelter house (at the top).

It is a common misconception that Rock House is a “true cave.” It is not. A true cave is something when entered, “extends beyond the zone of light,” is eroded from underground, and is most typically formed in limestone bedrock. All the caves in the Hocking Hills have large openings, are formed in sandstone, and are more correctly defined as recess caves.


Well-behaved, non-aggressive pets are permitted on leash.

There is NO wading or swimming allowed in the waterfalls or creeks.

Rock House at Hocking Hills State Park.

The trail to Rock House has steps, a strenuous grade, and beautiful views year-round.

Rock House one-way trail loop system.

It is a one-way loop trail system.

Rock House one-way trail loop system leads from both parking areas.

Hikers enter from either the upper or lower parking lot, but both trails come together and exit at the shelter house (at the top).

Rock House at Hocking Hills State Park.


Rock House at Hocking Hills State Park.



There was once an inn above Rock House where the shelter house is now located.


Take a hike to Rock House!

Along the trail at Rock House.


Along the trail at Rock House.


Hocking Hills Park Trail Areas

Hocking Hills Trail System Map.

7 different hiking areas of Hocking Hills State Park- Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, and Whispering Cave.

Rock House Trail Map

Start at Parking Area. End at Parking Area.

Yellow: Bottom of Gorge (Yellow Blazes on Trees)

Red: Top of Gorge Rim Trail (Red Blazes on Trees)

Rock House Trail Map


Hocking Hills State Park Trails - Rock House

Rock House

16350 OH-374 Laurelville, OH 43135

Regional Road Map with Trail Areas (Click map to enlarge)


Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park

A 1/4 mile trail leads to an opening in a cliff face with gothic-like windows and awesome views. 

Rock Housel.

Part of the 7 trail systems within Ohio's Hocking Hills State Park


It is the closest thing to a real cave in the park.

Trails around Rock House - one way, looped trail.


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.