Park office Location and
Mailing Address

Hocking Hills State Park
19852 State Route 664 S
Logan, Ohio 43138

Park Office Phone: 740-385-6842
Cottage Office Phone: 740.385.6841
Email: parkinfo@hockinghillsstatepark.com

Reservations for Camping, Cottages,
Getaway Rentals: 866.644.6727


Hocking Hills State Park Map

Old Man's Cave Campground Map

Old Man's Cave Hiking Trail

For additional maps of the Hocking Hills visit: HockingHillsMap.com



Cottages

  • 40 gas-heated, air-conditioned, family housekeeping cottages sleep up to six persons
  • Each cottage has two bedrooms (one with two twin beds; one with a double bed),
  • Living room with a trundle sofa,
  • Bath with a shower
  • Gas-burning fireplace
  • Complete kitchen including microwave
  • Dining area
  • Screened porch

Camping 

  • 156 electric sites, with 20, 30 or 50 amp electric
  • 13 non-electric sites
  • Each site has a paved pad and can accommodate up to a 50' unit
  • Heated showers
  • Flush toilets
  • Laundry facility
  • Camp store
  • Swimming pool
  • Playgrounds
  • Volleyball court and horse shoe pit
  • Tent-only group camps are available by reservation
  • There are also 30 walk-in family sites with pit latrines.

Getaway Rentals 

  • Three Camper Cabins equipped with cots and bench beds, a cooler, stove and camp light
  • Available May through October

Picnicking

  • 5 Picnic areas with tables, grills, latrines and drinking water are located at each of the recess caves.
  • Shelters are available at Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Rock House, Cedar Falls and Cantwell Cliffs 
  • All picnic shelters can be reserved online or by calling (866)-644-6727

Fishing

  • A valid Ohio fishing license is required to fish in Rose Lake.
  • Access is off State Route 374 via a 1/2-mile hiking trail.

Swimming

  • The swimming pool outside the dining lodge open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Registered cottage guests may use the pool for free
  • It is open to the general public for a small daily fee

More To Do

  • Archery range with 5 static targets and 22 3-D targets is open from daylight until dark year-round
  • Special events and nature programs are offered year round
  • Visitor center at Old Man's cave features interesting displays and a gift shop
Nature of the Area

The natural history of this region is as fascinating as the caves are beautiful. Here, in these sandstones and shales, one can read Ohio's history from the rocks. The scenic features of the six areas of the Hocking Hills State Park complex are carved in the Blackhand sandstone. This bedrock was deposited more than 360 million years ago as a delta in the warm shallow sea which covered Ohio at that time. Subsequent millions of years of uplift and stream erosion created the awesome beauty seen today.

The sandstone varies in composition and hardness from softer, loosely cemented middle zone to harder top and bottom layers. The recess caves at Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave and Cantwell Cliffs are all carved in the softer middle zone. Weathering and erosion widened cracks found in the middle layer of sandstone at the Rock House to create that unusual formation.

Other features of the rock include cross-bedding, honeycomb weathering and slump blocks. The first is noticeable as diagonal lines in the rock intersecting horizontal ones. It is actually the cross section of an ancient sand bar in the delta and was caused by changing ocean currents. Honeycomb weathering looks like the small holes in a beehive comb. They are formed by differential weathering which comes about when water, moving down through the permeable sandstone, washes out small pockets of loosely cemented sand grains. Finally, the huge slump blocks of rock littering the streams tumble from near by cliffs when cracks widen to the extent that the block is no longer supported by the main cliff.

Although the glaciers never reached the park areas, their influence is still seen here in the form of the vegetation growing in the gorges. The glaciers changed the climate of all Ohio to a moist, cool environment. Upon their retreat, this condition persisted only in a few places such as the deep gorges of Hocking County. Therefore, the towering eastern hemlocks, the Canada yew and the yellow and black birch tell of a cool period 10,000 years ago.

 

History of the Area

The hollows and caves of the park complex have long attracted the peoples of Ohio. Evidence of the ancient Adena culture illustrates man first inhabited the recesses more than 7,000 years ago.

In the mid 1700's several Indian tribes traveled through or lived here including the Wyandot, Delaware and Shawnee. Their name for the river from which the park gets its name was Hockhocking of "bottle river." The name comes from the bottle-shaped valley of the Hocking River whose formation is due to its one-time blockage by glacial ice.

After the Greenville Treaty of 1795, numerous white settlers moved into the region and Hocking County was organized in 1818. The area around the parks began to develop in 1835 when a powder mill was built near Rock House and a grist mill was constructed at Cedar Falls.

The cave areas were well-known as scenic attractions by 1870. In 1924, the first land purchase by the state was made to preserve the scenic features. This first parcel of 146 acres included Old Man's Cave. Subsequent purchases built acreage while the areas existed under the Department of Forestry as State Forest Parks. The Department of Natural Resources was created in 1949 and the new Division of Parks assumed control of the Hocking Hills State Park complex, which today includes the six park areas. A dining lodge and cottages were opened in 1972. These cottages, together with a campground, provide overnight facilities in one of the most beautiful areas of our state.

 

Activity

Facilities

Quantity
Resource Land, acres 2,356
  Water, acres 17
  Nearby State Forest, acres 9,238
Activities Fishing yes
  Hiking Trail, miles 26
  Picnicking yes
  Picnic Shelters 4
  Visitor Center yes
  Summer Nature Programs yes
  Restaurant (seasonal) yes
  Game Room (seasonal) yes
  Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal) yes
Winter Ice Fishing yes
Cottages Family Cottages, # 40
Camping Non-electric Campsites 12
  Campsites with Elec., # 156
  Campground Pool yes
  Showers yes
  Flush Toilets yes
  Pets Permitted yes
  Dumpstation yes
  Youth Group Camp, capacity 160
  Group Camp, capacity 140
  Camper Cabins, # 3

 

 


Hiking

  • There are miles of trail located throughout the park and adjacent state forest
  • These trails are beautiful as well as potentially dangerous: caution and common sense are advised
  • Young children should be closely supervised while in on the trails
  • All park visitors must remain on the marked trails at all times
  • Ash Cave Gorge- Hiking- .25 Miles, Easy- Handicap Accessible
  • Ash Cave Rim- Hiking- .5 Miles, Moderate- Handicap Accessible 
  • Cedar Falls- Hiking-  .5 Miles, Moderate
  • Old Man's Cave- Hiking- 1 Mile, Moderate- Handicap Accessible
  • Conkles Hollow- Hiking- 1 Mile, Easy- Handicap Accessible
  • Conkle's Hollow Rim- Hiking- 2.5 Miles, Moderate
  • Rock House- Hiking- .5 Miles, Moderate
  • Cantwell Cliffs- Hiking- 1 Mile, Difficult
  • Buckeye Trail- Hiking- 6 Miles, Moderate

 

 

Current Park Operated Cabin Availability
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Directions

From Cleveland, Ohio:
  • Take I-71 South to Columbus.
  • Take 270 East toward Wheeling, WV to U.S. 33 East (Lancaster Exit)
  • Travel East to Logan, Exit on 664 South.
From Columbus, Ohio:
  • Take U.S. 33 East through Lancaster to Logan, Ohio
  • exit onto State Route 664 South
From Toledo, Ohio:
  • Take I 75 South to Findlay, get on State Route 23 to Columbus.
  • Take I-270 East towards Wheeling to U.S. 33 East (Lancaster Exit).
  • Travel East to Logan, Exit 664 South.
From Cincinnati, Ohio:
  • Take I-71 North towards Columbus.
  • Watch for and take State Route 56 East through Mt. Sterling.
  • Continue on State Route 56 East through Circleville and Laurelville to South Bloomingville, Ohio.
  • In South Bloomingville take State Route 664 North approximately 4 miles to the park.
From Logan, Ohio:
  • Take 664 South approximately 12 miles to park area.