FAQs about Hocking Hills
How much does it cost to go to Hocking Hills?
All of Hocking Hills State Parks are free. But you must stay on the designated trail. There are no entrance fees for walking the trails or for parking. Naturalist-led hikes, programs, and special events are all free.
Is Hocking Hills open to the public?
As of July 2nd, 2020, Hocking Hills State Park has officially reopened to the public. Parking capacity may be reduced and trails are designated one way to help maintain social distancing.
How far is Hocking Hills from Columbus?
How long does it take to hike to Old Man’s Cave?
The one-way loop trail is approximately 1 to 1.5 miles long and begins at the kiosk at Upper Falls. Hikers can choose from 2 exits: Exit 1—At Old Man’s Cave, which ends at the Naturalist Cabin and Visitor Center. The trail is 1 mile and takes about 60 minutes.
Is there cell service in Hocking Hills?
Currently, according to local cellular users, Sprint seems to have the best network coverage in and around The Hocking Hills™. Other carriers who use Sprint have also seen better coverage.
Are there bears in Hocking Hills?
Bear sightings in the eastern half of Ohio have increased but they are still quite rare. Your chances of encountering a bear in Hocking Hills are pretty low and you can explore the area alone and unarmed safely. Just be aware of your surroundings and if you see a bear, back away slowly.
Where is the best place to stay in Hocking Hills?
That is a tough one to answer! There are lots of great places, we suggest starting with The Hocking Hills for all your lodging needs.
Where can I camp in Hocking Hills?
What is the weather in Hocking Hills Like?
We recommend weather.com for the latest weather in the area.
What areas are wheelchair accessible in Hocking Hills?
Presently, Conkle’s Hollow and parts of Ash Cave are wheelchair accessible
Are dogs allow in Hocking Hills State Parks?
Yes, pets are allowed in State Parks on leashes. However, pets are not allowed in State Nature Preserves, which includes Conkle’s Hollow and Rockbridge Nature Preserves. Furthermore, pets are allowed on access ways at Clear Creek Metro Park, but they are not allowed on the nature trails.
Is there an admissions fee for visiting Hocking Hills State Parks?
No, all of the state parks in Ohio are free―as well as―Clear Creek Metro park and the Wayne National Forest.
Will I have cell phone service in Hocking Hills?
Most cell phone services are not available at the park and in remote areas of Hocking and Vinton County.
When booking a private cabin in the area make sure you know where you are going before leaving. We recommend printing directions off before departure because GPS can be tricky here. There are hundreds and hundreds of private cabin rentals, and most areas of this section of southern Ohio do not have cell phone service.
Does the Hocking Hills State Park stay open all year?
Hocking Hills State Park and its hiking areas are open all year long, 365 days a year, and even all the holidays. It is open from dawn to dusk. The park does not stay open at night due to the dangerous cliffs—vehicles must be out of the parking lots by dark. Visitors must remain on the designated trails.