I visited Hocking Hills State Park during the last week of June. There were so many trails that we couldn't do it all in one trip. We have several areas left to explore some other time. We visited during the week and had no trouble finding parking anywhere we went. It seems like the park would get wild on the weekends. The rock formations echo and people like to hoot. It was good to be there when not many other people were. Trails are well marked and most attractions have an "easy" trail option but there's a good deal of climbing and moderately challenging trails to get to the most amazing sights.
My daughter is 11. This trip was perfect for her. I don't think the trails are appropriate for very young children. There are MANY hazards, slippery stairs, cliffs, narrow passages, etc. We had our two shih tzus with us and were able to bring them with us on some trails (parts of Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, and Cedar Falls). For tougher trails we left the dogs in our rental house. I didn't see any park rangers while we were out on the trails, but I can understand why they would issue tickets for leaving the trail. There are a lot of steep drop offs.
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