Camping at Hocking Hills
Last Fall we decided to go camping at Hocking Hills State Park and it did not disappoint! If you love hiking or nice strolls through the woods, this place is for you. This place feels like it is straight out of a fairy tale. I feel the pictures don’t do it justice as seeing it with your own eyes, which I highly recommend.
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Old Man’s Cave Campground
According to Hocking Hills State Park website they offer 156 electric sites and 13 non-electric sites. They also offer full hook-up sites. They have a pool which we didn’t use since it was early October and the pool was closed. Walking passed it, it seemed a decent size. However, there was no kiddie pool for little ones. We will are returning this September and will update on the condition of the pool. We like to take the kids to the playground in the evening for a few before turning in for the night and this one playground only had two swings. I can’t say what the other had but I am assuming it is the same. So, if you are one looking for a large play area this wasn’t it. My boys did enjoy their time swinging away laughing and running around the large grassy area next to it. The park also has cabins and cottages if you don’t want to take the camper.
Rose Lake is beautiful, it is located on the campground. It was a little bit of a walk from our campsite (herding two excited boys might have made it seem like a longer walk than it was). We had the lake to ourselves for most of the evening to just relax and take in the sounds. The lake is a fishing only lake. We will be taking our poles next time to fish and hopefully catch a whopper! Below is a photo of Rose Lake. I can imagine in late Fall when the leaves are changing it is breathtaking……I’d say ALL of Hocking Hills is even more than it is already.
Kid safe travels
There are seven trails all together: Rock House, Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, Ash Cave, Conkles Hollow, Hemock Bridge & Whispering Cave.
Kids Safe Trails
- Conkles Hollow (NO PETS), with majority of the trail paved, it can accommodate visitors with all abilities.
- Old Man’s Cave, it had so much to see. Upper Falls, Upper Gorge, Middle Falls, Lower Falls, Lower Gorge and Devil’s Bathtub. This is a lot of walking for tiny legs to do all in one trip. It can be done if you want to take breaks. Quite a few steps also. My boys loved playing in little pools of water we found and climbing in a cave.
- Cedar Falls, had a lot of steps too but the destination is worth it. A beautiful water fall and you can play in the water there also.
- Ash Cave, was something to see as well. The roof of the cave overhanging, towering over you, making you feel so tiny in this cave shelter. The natural waterfall rolling off the edge into a small pool. Another beautiful trail. This trail isn’t noted to be accessible by all abilities but I did see a family helping wheel their family member in to witness this amazing cave.
We only hiked these four trails do to us having our boys. We love Hocking Hills State Park and I feel you will too. I couldn’t help think of what the Garden of Eden must have looked like when I walk the trails. I also feel like I am in a fairy tale.
I do have a TON of photos of this astonishing state park. I would love to post them to share them with you but I want encourage you to go and see this stunning place for yourself. Get out, go explore, make memories!
Be sure to share your photos with me in the comments or if you have any questions let me know.