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“If you like the outdoors, you'll LOVE this place!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills State Park
Logan, OH
740-385-9706
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Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Logan
Type: State Parks
Activities: Driving, Hiking
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Owner description: Specialty vacation rental cabins in Hocking Hills
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“If you like the outdoors, you'll LOVE this place!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

Coming from Washington State and living in Ohio was quite a shock. Our terrain starved brains just longed for a place to go hiking outdoors that didn't seem like a paved trail through an overgrown farmers field!!
There are so many places to tromp through, beautiful rock cliffs and gorges.
A great place to take the family

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“Hocking Hills Cabins--beautiful location, nice cabins, good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2010

Clean two bedroom cabins sleep 6. Nice screened porch, full kitchen, linens & cooking/eating supplies provided. Beautiful setting among the trees, large pool, playground equipment, game areas. Picnic table on screened in porch and another near grill outside of cabin. Deer came close to back porch every morning and evening. Hiking trails were interesting and each one with a different type of scenery. Easy check-in/check-out. Can compete with more well-known National Parks, but with a much lower price! Great place.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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“Nice park - Rustic cabins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

Had a great time in this area. Went canoeing down the Hocking River with friends. Beautiful day on the water.
Cabin was clean and had the bare necessities. There was a crack in the shower floor. Cabin area was well groomed and naturally landscaped.
All appliances worked. Dish soap is supplied. Grill right by the front porch. Screened in back porch was nice for dinner and hanging out.
Old Man's Cave trail area was not too strenuous and has some great views/rock formations.

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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“Unbelievable rock formations. Must see if you say you live in Ohio!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2010

This is a beautiful area of Ohio and you will be astounded at the scenery if you are seeing it for the first time. We hit all the major scenic attractions, by chance saving the Rock House for last. Wow... It is a great last stop especially for kids. Little ones you will be holding onto tight! And everyone will be saying "Wow" a lot on your whole visit.

We stayed in the Cabins in the Pines and I would recommend these cabins. Ours (Shawnee) was very nice and we had no complaints. The pricing was less than others I had looked at, but the cabin had all the features I wanted.

We were not prepared for the lack of eating establishments in the area. I think most people must haul in their own food and cook a lot at their cabin or campsite. So, just to save a lot of driving to Logan, you might want to be prepared with your own breakfast and lunch foods.

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“HHSP administrators need to update their facilities and business plan!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2010

So everyone knows the caves at HHSP are gorgeous and the gorges/bridges/trails/overlooks are awesome. BUT, if you plan on making more than just a day-trip out of it, you should seriously think twice about staying at the state owned facilities. They are in serious disrepair and are in need of a major overhaul. HHSP administrators should revisit their business plan and provide a much needed update to the facilities. While the lodge itself was stunning in size, the inside was like stepping back in time 40-50 years (and not in a good way). The decor could have been overlooked however if 1/2 the lighbulbs weren't out and restaurant didn't seem so dingy.

Speaking of the restaurant, the service was atrocious. Both the server and cashier were sitting down watching tv in the dining room when we walked in; the cook pulled our "made-to-order" breakfast off the buffet line (she thought we didn't see her); and our table with a view was hampered by filthy windows that haven't seen soap or a squeegee in years. It probably comes as no surprise that for the full hour we sat in the 5,000 sq. ft dining room, NOBODY else walked in. Imagine that - only four people in a restaurant that serves an all-u-can eat buffet on Sunday mornings after church! Of course we should have known all this just by looking at the exterior of the 20,000+ square foot facility. The charming wood-shake roof is overgrown with moss and foliage, the patio and stairways to the pool have numerous broken and missing tiles and the pool was full of leaves/pine needles because the pool sweeper was broken.

Our $120 a night cabin was functional and cozy but somewhat outdated. The best features were a ventless-gas fireplace and a screened in porch with tables/chairs. Note to any heavy-set people renting cabin 5: the only thing holding up the bathroom floor next to the shower is the linoleum. You can literally feel the floor sink below your feet! (no doubt due to deferred maintenance - rotting subfloors) Parking was convenient and all appliances/utilities worked just fine. We weren't expecting the Taj-Mahal but after staying at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, KY - we've been spoiled.

HHSP administrators need to take a lesson from the state parks of Kentucky and spend their money on updating/renovating facilities. Doing so will undoubtedly bring in more people and consequently, more revenue to keep the place looking good! Don't spend your money building a fancy registration office and convenience store...spend it on the people that matter - the consumers itching to spend their hard earned money on a decent vacation spot. Please consider using taxpayer money more efficiently or consider a joint-venture with a private operator to bring the lodge and cabins back to their former glory.

I look forward to hiking the trails at HHSP again and enjoying the wonders of Cedar Falls/Old Man's Cave but will probably stay at one of the privately owned facilities until HHSP administrators get their priorities in order!

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