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Hocking Hills State Park, New Plymouth

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From gorges to waterfalls, and rock shelters to cliffs, natural beauty abounds in Hocking Hills State Park. The massive park is split into five sections, named for their top features: Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, and Rock House. The most popular, Old Man’s Cave, is a deep gorge named for one of its early inhabitants, recluse Richard Rowe who made the cave his home in the late 1700s. Many companies offer organized activities such as canoeing, horseback riding, and ziplining. You can also choose to make use of the many hiking trails, fishing spots, or fully equipped campgrounds. Before you head to New Plymouth, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly New Plymouth trip builder site, to make sure you see all that New Plymouth has to offer, including Hocking Hills State Park.
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  • About hour plus drive from Columbus Ohio, the scenery changes from flat Columbus to hilly though small hills with views, trails, tracks and caves so plenty of outdoors activities, cabins, and camping....  more
    About hour plus drive from Columbus Ohio, the scenery changes from flat Columbus to hilly though small hills with views, trails, tracks and caves so plenty of outdoors activities, cabins, and camping....  more »
  • Rained the entire limiting our ability to get out and enjoy nature. Did not stop us from visiting the breweries in the area. Shopping at the antique malls. Very beautiful area and will return 
    Rained the entire limiting our ability to get out and enjoy nature. Did not stop us from visiting the breweries in the area. Shopping at the antique malls. Very beautiful area and will return  more »
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  • I could give this park 5 stars, but it is unbelievably overtaken by tourists(yes, me being one of them). We didn’t make it to the park until noon on the first day and Old Man’s Cave was almost stressful and overwhelming with the amount of people around. This was our fault, so day 2, we decided to start our hike at 8am. Came to nearly an empty park and was MUCH more enjoyable than the first day. We hiked Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls and ran into very few people. It was definitely a lot more peaceful. As for the hike, be prepared for a long hike with lots of stairs. The hike to Cedar Falls is 3 miles there and 3 miles back (6 miles total, give or take) from the end of Old Man’s Cave. The hike to Cedar Falls I would consider a pretty moderate hike. Pretty easy in some areas, difficult in others. My mom and I are far from seasoned hikers, but we accomplished it. Definitely sore, but well worth it. If you want to see cedar falls, but don’t want to hike to it. End your hike at Old Man’s, and drive to the parking lot closer to Cedar Falls.
  • Beautiful trails, with options to choose from long to short, strenuous to easy. Lots of waterfalls to see. Expect to climb and descend a few sets of stairs, but the reward is worth it! The visitor building is beautiful, with detailed information both regarding trail options in the area outside of the state park, as well as interactive educational postings and displays. A great spot to spend the day. Allow for a minimum of 2-3 hrs if you plan to hike to enjoy the full experience.

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