After spending this past weekend exploring Hocking Hills in Ohio, I fell in love with the place. If you are someone who enjoys being in the outdoors, Hocking Hills has a lot to offer. Turn your cellphone off, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy these five activities in Southeastern Ohio’s Scenic Wonderland!
Fly in a Private Plane
Appreciate Hocking Hills from a bird’s eye view on a private ride with Scenic Air Tours. Harry Sowers is a veteran pilot with 40 years’ flying experience and a few “jokes” up his sleeve. If you’re lucky, you may even get to fly the plane yourself!
Explore Old Man’s Cave
There is so much natural beauty to discover in Hocking Hills, and Naturalist Pat Quakenbush is the perfect guy to lead the way. A favorite hiking destination, Old Man’s Cave is not hard to fall in love with. The rock shelter was once home to Richard Rowe, a 19th-century hermit who is said to be buried beneath a cave ledge on the premises. While hiking to the cave, Pat will share the history of the area and teach you a thing or two about the geological features. Enjoy the gorgeous scenery along the trail that includes several waterfalls, sandstone cliffs, rock formations and several hemlock trees. Not only will you appreciate the beauty of the forest and the knowledge of your guide but you’ll be happy to know that the admission to the park is completely…FREE!
Experience Shawnee Storytelling
Learn about the Shawnee way of life through the stories told by an actual Shawnee. The Shawnee are an Algonquian-speaking people native to North America with a way of life that everyone of us can appreciate. Enjoy the native stories told on the actual land where the Shawnee’s once lived. Learn why the Shawnee people believe that all trees, animal, man and earth has a spirit and why it is important to protect and give to all of these living things.
Float Down the Hocking River
What’s the best way to spend a morning or afternoon in Hocking Hills? Floating down the Hocking River in a kayak of course! Hocking Hills Canoe Livery is a great way to enjoy the scenic Hocking River and potentially spot some wildlife. This outdoor adventure is for those 3 years of age and up and is a great way to relax and unwind.
Go Ghost Hunting!
Do ghosts exist? Do you want to find out? The Haunted Hocking Tour at Rock House with Naturalist Pat Quakenbush is a great place to try and communicate with the dead. In 1835, Colonel F.F. Rempel of Logan, Ohio erected a 16-room hotel room where a woman was said to be murdered and who’s ghost has been seen many times even up until this very day. According to local folklore, past visits to this area include: robbers, horse thieves, murderers and even bootleggers. Utilizing the newest, and oldest, in paranormal equipment, see if you can spot one of the many ghosts that have been wandering around the property for years.
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Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.