The Hocking Hills region is located just north of the county line, providing many additional opportunities for outdoor recreation and shopping only minutes away. The Hocking Hills region is home to Ohio’s most popular park, the Hocking Hills State Park, and features waterfalls, gorges, and towering cliffs unique to the area. Due to the Hocking Hills’ mainstream popularity, visitors often choose to book lodging in Vinton County to avoid the crowds.

Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills State Park’s mammoth rock formations, caves, waterfalls, and over 25 miles of hiking trails give the region a reputation for being Ohio’s natural crown jewels. There are five major sections of the park, including Ash Cave, Old Man’s Cave, Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs, and Cedar Falls.

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Lake Logan State Park

Lake Logan is a day-use park that provides scenic picnic areas and secluded walking paths to enjoy the wooded beauty of Ohio’s hill country. As one of Ohio’s best lakes, it sports northern pike, bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and saugeye.

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Tar Hollow State Park

Twisting park and forest roads pass through deep ravines and dense woodlands. Shortleaf and pitch pines dot the ridges and were once a source of pine tar for early settlers. Dogwoods, redbuds, and a variety of wildflowers color the hillsides in the springtime. Fall’s pageant of color is spectacular here. Recreation facilities include the 15-acre Pine Lake.

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Hocking State Forest

Hocking Hills State Park’s mammoth rock formations, caves, waterfalls, and over 25 miles of hiking trails give the region a reputation for being Ohio’s natural crown jewels. There are five major sections of the park, including Ash Cave, Old Man’s Cave, Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs, and Cedar Falls.

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Lake Logan State Park

Lake Logan is a day-use park that provides scenic picnic areas and secluded walking paths to enjoy the wooded beauty of Ohio’s hill country. As one of Ohio’s best lakes, it sports northern pike, bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and saugeye.

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Tar Hollow State Park

Twisting park and forest roads pass through deep ravines and dense woodlands. Shortleaf and pitch pines dot the ridges and were once a source of pine tar for early settlers. Dogwoods, redbuds, and a variety of wildflowers color the hillsides in the springtime. Fall’s pageant of color is spectacular here. Recreation facilities include the 15-acre Pine Lake.

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Hocking State Forest

Within the nearly 9,700 acres of the Hocking Hills State Forest, you will find bridle trails, a horseman’s camp, 99 acres set aside for rock climbing and rappelling, and an unusual variety of native flora and associated wildlife.

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Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve

Sheer cliffs of Black Hand sandstone rise nearly 200 feet above the valley floor; a spectacular 100-foot-deep sandstone gorge creates an excellent vista. The cliff tops’ magnificent overlooks and the quiet gorge beneath offer visitors an opportunity to explore different habitats, each with its own unique flora and fauna.

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Kessler Swamp State Nature Preserve

A variety of wetland-dwelling plants thrive in this swamp, including buttonbush and bur-marigold. A healthy population of beaver also calls the swamp home. During the spring and fall migration period, the preserve offers excellent waterfowl viewing.

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Rockbridge State Nature Preserve

Rockbridge’s natural arch, or bridge, is more than 100 feet long and 10 to 20 feet wide, gracefully spanning a 50-foot ravine. It is considered the largest natural bridge in Ohio. The preserve also offers excellent spring wildflower viewing.

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