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Getaway Guide: One-Tank Trip to Hocking Hills

September 5, 2012 4:05 PM

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(photo credit: hockinghills.com)

(photo credit: hockinghills.com)

cabin Getaway Guide: One Tank Trip to Hocking Hills

(photo credit: hockinghills.com)

Hocking Hills Park is a conglomerate of many parks, including Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Conkles Hollow, Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs, Tar Hollow, Lake Logan, Rose Lake and Lake Hope. Each park has its own history, own beauties and own focuses that makes it unique in agriculture and nature. Use this handy guide to hit the best of the area in a one-tank trip you won’t soon forget.

Getting There

Take I-77 south for about 20 miles. Take exit 144 and merge onto I-271 south toward Columbus for roughly 10 miles. Take the I-715 exit for 13 miles, then take exit 107 on the left for I-70 east toward Wheeling. Shortly after, merge onto I-70 east for roughly three miles. Take exit 105A and merge onto US-33/Southeast Expressway toward Lancaster for 42 miles. Exit toward OH-664 south/OH 664. Shortly after, turn right onto OH-664 South/OH 664 Scenic south for 1.5 miles. Turn left to stay on OH-664 south/OH 664 Scenic south for nine miles. Expect a three-hour, 200-mile trip.

What To Do

Hocking Hills Visitor’s Center
16197 Park St.
Laurelville, OH 43135
(740) 332-0516
www.1800hocking.com

Price: free

You can’t thoroughly enjoy any of the parks without visiting the visitor’s center. The knowledgeable staff will help you pick the park that offers the most of what you want to do. Learn the park’s best kept secrets, the history of the land and the area. Scroll through books of the wildlife, history and the people that lived on the land in years past.

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Old Man’s Cave
19852 St. Route 664 South
Logan, OH 43138
(740) 385-6842
www.hockinghills.com/

Price: free

This is one of the most popular trails of the Hocking Hills area. Old Man’s Cave is divided into five sections: upper falls, upper grove, middle falls, lower falls and lower gorge. This long stretch of the valley offers rocky canyons, isolated caves, wonderful streams, glorious waterfalls, overgrown undercut rocks and a swimming hole at the bottom of a small waterfall. This section of the gorge has been carved through the years by the rushing river and is unbelievably stunning. The hike to Old Man’s Cave is about a mile long and will take about an hour of hiking through the marked paths. Please remember that leaving the marked paths could be dangerous because of the dangerous cliffs and terrain. Camping is also available in this area. Old Man’s Cave connects to the George Overlook trails and Cedar Falls. In addition to hiking and swimming, enjoy fishing, picnicking, rappelling, rock climbing and hunting.

Ash Cave Trail
19852 State Route 664 South
Logan, OH 43138
(740) 385-6842
www.hockinghills.com/

Price: free

Ash Cave trail winds through the gorges of the park for about a .25 miles and will take approximately a half an hour. The trail is also  wheelchair accessible and great for the elderly or people with health problems. Ash Cave offers a 100-foot waterfall. It is the southernmost park in the area but has the most spectacular and largest cave. The trail features cliffs, streams, bridges and gorgeous landscaping. The entrance is narrow, but opens to a wonderland of beautiful trees, vegetation and wildflowers on overhung ledges. The cave is more than 700 feet across and 100 feet deep. Remember, this is a natural attraction and wandering off of the paths could be hazardous without the proper knowledge or equipment.

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Lodging

Lazy Lane Cabins
16757 State Route 664 South
Logan, OH 43138
(877) 225-6572
www.lazylanecabins.com

Price: $34 to $130

Lazy Lane Cabins offers cabins that sleep two to six occupants with all of the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay. All cabins are equipped with kitchen and bathroom necessities and furnished with bedding and cooking supplies. Cabins also offer hot tubs, fire pits, gas grills and satellite television in seclusion that allows visitors to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. Just note, the key to the cabin is only provided to the person who made the reservations. Proper identification is required.

Cabins in the Pines
16817 Rocky Fork Road
Logan, OH 43138
(800) 551-6670
cabinsinthepines.com/

Price: $99 to $300

These rustic log cabins offer true charm of the past in the heart of the Hocking Hills and in close proximity to shopping and dining. These isolated cabins feature private, covered porches as well as private hiking trails on more than 80 acres of land. Enjoy satellite television, grills, fire pits and  modern conveniences. The cabins will sleep from two to eight occupants. No pets are allowed and reservations are required.

Dining

JimBo’s Bar and Diner
23356 State Route 56
South Bloomingville, OH 43152
(740) 332-6550
innline.com/

Even if you are not a biker, it’s easy to see the draw of delicious food here, including the JimBo burger with grilled onions, cheese, bacon and mushrooms. JimBo’s sits between Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave. A casual diner, it features live music, cold beers and plenty of mouth-watering food. It is nothing to look at from the outside, but the inside is full of fun, energetic service and uplifting music. May not be ideal for children.

Shaw’s Restaurant & Inn
123 N. Broad St.
Lancaster, OH 43130
(800) 654-2477
www.shawsinn.com

Located in the historical area of Lancaster — a great shopping location — this restaurant offers eloquent, fine dining. Enjoy indoor dining as well as a cozy outdoor patio with live music. Choose from simple to more refined foods from sandwiches to lobster ravioli, fried green tomatoes to soups.

Danielle Coots has been writing since 1996. She has published short stories and articles in many publications. Danielle loves being active in the community and providing quality information regarding current and upcoming events in the Cleveland area. She will be covering topics of travel & outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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