We visited Hocking Hills State Park on Columbus Day weekend (Thanksgiving weekend for us Canadians). We had a great time - beautiful scenery and great hiking. It's clearly not a great time of year to see the waterfalls, which means you'd probably have a much different experience visitng the park again in the spring! Fall colors added a nice touch.
We visited all 6 of the major hiking trails in the park, all of which were very enjoyable and unique in their own way. Old Man's Cave, Cantwell Cliffs and Rock House were our favorites.
We started our day with breakfast in Logan at the Olde Dutch Restaurant. We thought this would be a nice place for a unique home cooked breakfast, but were treated to a below average buffet that left much to be desired. Very disappointing. While not a unique experience, I'd suggest you just go to Bob Evans!
Not sure why the visitor's center doesn't open until 11am - maybe it was the time of year, but it seemed rather busy to miss on the opportunity to help so many visitors who like to get an early start on the day.
Our first stop was at Old Man's Cave, then we drove back a few miles and did the loop that included Cedar Falls, Ash Cave and then up to Conkles Hollow. Beautiful! I then took a wrong turn and we ended up heading back towards Logan, which actually worked out to be a good thing. Our original plan was to have dinner after all 6 stops, but this turned out to be a great time for a break. We had a late lunch at Millstone Southern Smoked BBQ. A-mazing! Loved it! Would highly recommend this place - great food, nice atmosphere.
After lunch, we took the 33 and first stopped at Cantwell Cliffs. And, we ended the day at Rock House, which was very cool. We found that this was a great place to finish the day!
Great day. Beautiful park. Nice hiking.
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