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Cabin Fever? Start planning Your Spring Break

February 11, 2015

Why Hocking Hills canopy tours, ziplining, and lodging can make a great getaway

If you’re like us, the below-freezing Ohio temperatures and gloomy skies are beginning to take their toll on you. However, every winter has a silver lining–it means that spring is right around the corner.

With spring comes a much-anticipated spring break. And while many people consider going to a beach or travelling abroad, there’s a perfect spring break location right here in Ohio: Hocking Hills.

Here’s a few reasons why Hocking Hills makes a fantastic spring break vacation:

Hocking Hills canopy tours and ziplining

If you’re looking for some spring break excitement, how does flying from treetop to treetop on over 60 ziplines sound? Hocking Hills is the canopy tour destination in the midwest, and with good reason. Whether it’s soaring over cliffs, gliding over waterfalls or zooming from platform to platform at night, Hocking Hills canopy tours has the adrenaline boost you’re looking for.

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Hiking and exploring

You don’t need a passport to an exotic location if you want to explore beautiful landscapes and awe-inspiring geological formations this spring, because Hocking Hills has everything you’re looking for. Picturesque waterfalls, yawning caves, huge cliffs, and gorgeous foliage are all part of what makes Hocking Hills a fantastic spring break destination.

Wineries and restaurants

Ohio is home to some of the best wine in the midwest. Now home to three different wineries, Hocking Hills visitors can sample some of Ohio’s best wines at tastings and vineyard tours.

With all the hiking, exploring, and ziplining you’ll be doing, you’re apt to work up a big appetite. Luckily, we also have a wide selection of restaurants that specialize in local and organic foods. Whether you’re in the mood for Mexican, Italian or Chinese, there’s something for everyone in the Hocking Hills.

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Hot tubs

What vacation would be complete without a relaxing dip in a warm Jacuzzi? The good news is that many of our cabins and lodges are outfitted with hot tubs, so you can enjoy the majesty of nature on a crisp spring night while immersed in warm, comforting waters.

Reserve your Hocking Hills cabin today

Spring is quickly approaching, so if you’d like to plan a fun, scenic, relaxing spring break in the Hills, have a look at our available Hocking Hills cabin rentals and reserve your spot right now.

If you have any questions about our activities or lodging details, call us at 740-385-6841, or use our availability search to find the perfect spring break cabin for you and your friends today.

At Hocking Hills Cabins, Pet Friendly Environments Abound

February 4, 2015

 5 Things to do with your dog at Hocking Hills

Going on vacation can be bittersweet for those of us with four-legged friends. Leaving your dog behind in a kennel or under the supervision of a friend can tug at your heartstrings as you wave goodbye for the weekend.

However, if you’re visiting Hocking Hills, you won’t have to worry about leaving your furry companions behind. Much of the state park is pet friendly, so you and your dog can enjoy the scenery, activities and food that Hocking Hills has to offer together.

Here are five fun things you can do with your dog at Hocking Hills:

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1. Exploring

Many of the trails, caves, waterfalls, and other beautiful locations at Hocking Hills are pet friendly, so you can take you dog for a scenic walk they’ll never forget! Whether your pooch is up for a 6-mile hike or a leisurely stroll, they’ll love returning to nature in our nationally ranked state park.

2. Rent one of our pet friendly Hocking Hills cabins

If you’re looking for lodging that’s pet friendly, Hocking Hills cabins are the perfect choice to give your furry friend a picturesque getaway you can both cherish forever.

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3. Camping

The Hocking Hills region is home to some of the best camping in Ohio—and the nation. The Hocking Hills State Park Campground has even been named the No.1 campground in the USA by Trailblazer.com. Our campgrounds are pet friendly as well, so feel free to pitch two tents and enjoy the outdoors with man’s best friend.

4. Swimming

Though dogs aren’t permitted at the beaches, there are plenty of ponds, streams and rivers for water-loving dogs to play in. They’re also welcome to canoe with their owners down the Hocking River, and even go ice fishing.

5. Shopping

Dogs can also accompany their owners to some of the bookstores, cafes, and grocery stores in the area. A few of the restaurants have pet friendly dining options as well.

Give us a call at 740-385-6841 if you have any questions about our pet policies, or use our availability search to find the perfect pet friendly Hocking Hills cabin for you and your dog today.

Keep Your New Years’ Resolution With A Little Help From The Hills

January 30, 2015

Exercise by hiking through our landscapes and eat healthy at our Hocking Hills restaurants

Forty-five percent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution each year. Which promise tops the list each year? You guessed it—weight loss.

If you’re one of the millions looking to improve your health in 2015, what better way than to explore the breathtaking landscapes of Hocking Hills? Historic hikes, glacier-carved caves, horseback riding, kayaking and more await you in our neck of the woods.

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Instagram / lkeyzie

Want to know more? Here’s how a trip to the Hills can help you keep your New Year’s resolution on track.

Hiking

Sure, you can get exercise by running on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike, but there’s not much to look at other than other gym members and repeats of Iron Chef on the Food Network.

Instead, come on out to Hocking Hills and give your eyes some candy to feast on while you hike and exercise the fun way. Climb through gorgeous geologic structures like Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave and Cedar Falls.

Yoga

One of the best ways to stay fit, limber and centered is by practicing yoga. That’s why Hocking Hills features a fantastic yoga experience, Yoga in the Hills. This outdoor yoga class is open to practitioners at any level of experience, and allows people to enjoy the beauty of nature as they find their inner peace.

Hocking Hills restaurants

Between hiking, yoga and other physical activities, you’re bound to work up an appetite. The good news is that our restaurants and farmer’s markets feature natural, organic foods such as fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats and cheeses so you can stick to your New Year’s meal plan.

Find our 10 tips for shopping at the farmer’s market here.

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Come visit us

If you’d like to experience the fun way to keep your New Year’s promise, take a look at our available Hocking Hills cabin rentals and turn your resolution into a fun weekend getaway.

Give us a call at 740-385-6841 if you have any questions about our activities, or use our availability search to find your cabin today.

See Your Photo Featured in the #HockingHills2016 Calendar

January 23, 2015

12 months. One calendar. Your Instagram photos.

From the first snowfall to Indian summers, there’s nowhere more captivating to capture on film than the Hocking Hills. Professional and amateur photographers alike come from around the nation to experience the beauty of the region.

Are you (and your camera) planning to make a trip to the Hills? Whether you’re taking part in this year’s Shoot the Hills, brushing up on your iPhonography or making memories at your Hocking Hills cabin rental, we want to see your shots!

That’s why we’re on the lookout for your best Hocking Hills Instagram photos all year long.

Just use the hashtags #HockingHills2016 and #HockingHills on Instagram starting now to see your photo featured here and for a chance to have your photo published in the official 2016 Hocking Hills Tourism Association calendar! Or, you can always retroactively tag an old favorite Hocking Hills photo with one of the required hashtags.

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Winning photos

If your photo has been chosen to be featured in the calendar, first off, Congratulations! Secondly, be sure to check your Instagram account, as you’ll receive a direct Instagram message from @myhockinghills, notifying you of your winnings, and inquiring about claiming your prize. We will draw and notify winners at the beginning of every month.

  • Please reply with your name and address.
  • If you do not reply within seven days, you will forfeit your prize.

Each of our winners will receive a FREE 2016 calendar with their winning photo, and anyone can enter to win their own calendar here, so you can be reminded of the beauty of Hocking Hills all year long.

Be sure to check out all of the calendar winners, and follow @myhockinghills on Instagram for updates all year long! So what are you waiting for? Start shooting!

19 Times Hocking Hills Restaurants, Caves and Trails Were Better Than Real Life

January 16, 2015

Forget HDTV–experience HHTA.

Get ready to “ooh” and “aah” over these 19 Hocking Hills pictures that are so incredible, they put even the most high-definition televisions to shame. Although experiencing these natural wonders in person is the only way to achieve the full experience, these photos provide a glimpse of the astonishing beauty the Hocking Hills has to offer.

1. Frozen waterfalls

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Cedar Falls becomes an awesome ice cascade in the winter.

2. Canoeing

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Photo Credit: Discover Ohio

Take a relaxing trip down the Hocking River.

3. Beautiful foliage

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Hocking Hills in fall has to be seen with the naked eye to be truly appreciated.

4. Rock Bridge

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Rock Bridge is of the most beautiful locations in Hocking Hills, featuring an amazing waterfall.

5. Gorgeous skies

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Photo credit: Hocking Hills Dining Lodge

You can see this stunning view at the Hocking Hills Dining Lodge, which will again be one of our ten participating restaurants in the 2015 Comfort Food Cruise.

6. Babbling brooks

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Instagram / @mocowoodsman

A combination of clear water and mossy rock formations make for a gorgeous hike through Hocking Hills.

7. Conkle’s Hollow

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Instagram / @mongoschicken

The sheer cliffs and beautiful vistas of Conkle’s Hollow have to be seen to be believed.

8. Picturesque moments

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Photo credit: Brian Edward Stevens

Your inner photographer will go nuts at the chance to capture something like this beautiful portrait of Lake Logan.

9. Incredible ice formations

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Every winter, the cold weather and falling water combine to make some amazing natural ice sculptures.

10. Old Man’s Cave

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The most visited area in Hocking Hills, Old Man’s Cave, is home to several rock formations and makes a great photographic opportunity.

11. Adventure and adrenaline

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For all the adrenaline junkies, Hocking Hills has you covered with 60-mile-an-hour ziplining.

12. Rock House

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Instagram / @olivia8809

If you want to see incredibly colorful and intricate rock formations, look no further than Rock House.

13. Crystal clear reflections

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The lakes and ponds in the Hocking Hills area are perfect for capturing amazing photos like this.

14. Moonville Tunnel

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This historic structure is tucked in the backwoods of Vinton County. When Moonville was a booming coal mining town in the 1850s, railways would run through the tunnel to transport goods.

15. Wildlife in its natural environment

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Who knows, you might stumble upon some woodland friends during your adventures.

16. Amazing imagery

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You’ll experience breathtaking moments like this everywhere you walk in Hocking Hills.

17. Rose Lake

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Rose Lake is one of the most picturesque bodies of water at Hocking Hills, especially in the fall.

18. Breathtaking waterfalls

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Hocking Hills is home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Ohio, perfect for making your own postcards.

19. Ash Cave

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One of Hocking Hills’ most gorgeous and iconic locations is Ash Cave.

If you want to visit Hocking Hills restaurants, caves, and waterfalls, reserve your cabin today

Between hiking, ziplining, canopy tours, canoeing, and relaxing, there’s far too many activities at Hocking Hills to justify only visiting for a few hours on the weekend. Instead, look through our Hocking Hills cabin rentals and make a full vacation out of it.

Give us a call at 740-385-6841 if you have any questions, or use our availability search to find the perfect vacation cabin today.

The 50th Annual Winter Hike Is Just Around The Corner

January 12, 2015

Check out Hocking Hills cabin rentals to reserve your lodging for this historic event

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Strap on your hiking boots and layer up, because on Jan. 17, Hocking Hills will begin our yearly six-mile trek from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic hike, and much like every other year, we expect thousands of hikers to flock to Old Man’s Cave to take part in this annual journey.

If you’ve ever seen Hocking Hills in the winter, you know why this yearly hike is so popular. A frozen Hocking Hills has to be seen with the naked eye to truly be appreciated. The winter weather transforms the beautiful landscapes and formations into breathtaking natural works of art, and makes a fantastic photo opportunity for amateurs and professionals alike.

You’ll even have the opportunity to snap photos with your fellow hikers at the Say Social! photo booth. Take prints with you as our gift to you! Make sure to check the Hocking Hills Tourism Association Facebook page after the event so you can tag yourself and share your photos with friends.

Hike and cabin rental details

The trek will begin at the Old Man’s Cave parking lot and have continuous starts between 9 and 11 a.m. Remember to dress in warm layers and lace up some sturdy, worn-in footgear. Refreshments such as bean soup and hot cocoa will be available at Cedar Falls for a small donation. And once you’ve reached the destination of Ash Cave, a shuttle bus will return hikers to Old Man’s Cave.

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Remember, the Annual Winter Hike is this Saturday, so if you enjoy the majesty of winter portrayed as frozen waterfalls, snow-encrusted caves and sparkling ice formations, this hike is not to be missed.

There’s no reservation required, but if you’d like to make a proper vacation out of the event, take a look at our available Hocking Hills cabin rentals and enjoy our beautiful landscapes for the whole weekend.

Give us a call at 740-385-6841 if you have any questions about the hike, or use our availability search to find your cabin today.

See you there!

Treat your employees to a retreat in Hocking Hills cabins

December 19, 2014

Help your team communicate and work better together in the new year with a retreat

The closing of another year signals a time for reflection, both personally and professionally. When it comes to the workplace, leaders and managers are often left pondering what could have been done better, how to improve in the new year and how to get the office working together more productively (and sometimes more harmoniously).

It’s no surprise that many co-workers don’t function perfectly as a team. In the daily hustle of the workplace, it can be challenging for employees to find time to form meaningful relationships each other or even to build new skills.

When that happens, a team retreat can often be an effective way to both build team morale, and bring out talents and skills employees didn’t even know they had. 

Why? Workplace team building not only dedicates time exclusively to developing new skills, but also encourages bonding with colleagues in the process. In turn, facilitating bonding leads to building better relationships in the office environment. Facing the same challenge together also spurs collaboration and trust. 

Spending time together, away from the stress and pressures of the office, (and the fatigue of being constantly connected to the world) can be the perfect beginning of a new year.

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Instagram / @tony_B312

Disconnect from your wired self

Turning off cell phones and closing laptops is the first step to decompressing and, in turn, connecting with team members. Even without team building activities or an agenda, the simple act of leaving email for the office hours can benefit your team. 

If you want co-workers to connect with their artistic side, there are plenty of opportunities to explore their creativity in Hocking Hills. Whether learning a new craft, such as glass bead making, or brushing up on old photography skills, there’s no shortage of classes and workshops to bring out your inner artist.

Learn to communicate—on the fly.

It’s crucial that co-workers and leaders get to know each other’s stories, not just their job title. Each person brings individual experiences, outlooks and values to the table. By getting the team out of the office, co-workers can communicate more freely and connect beyond surface level. 

In fact, an MIT study featuring a bank call center found that, “the best predictors of productivity were a team’s energy and engagement outside formal meetings. Together those two factors explained one-third of the variations in dollar productivity among groups.” 

In the Hocking Hills, you’ll discover countless opportunities for co-workers to stretch their own comfort zones and build self-confidence. Try hiking, canoeing, horseback riding on for size. Teams can even take a canopy tour of Southeast Ohio as they zipline through the treetops on a network of cables and adventure skybridges suspended high above the forest floor.

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Instagram / @emguenth

Spend quality time

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and co-workers don’t become a team in a matter of hours. Carving out intentional time for a weekend rather than one day can mean the difference between a fun day out of the office, and a whole new work environment. You’ll find hundreds of Hocking Hills cabins for any size team or special need. Whether you want a cabin for more than 20 people, or cozy individual cabins for each employee to enjoy some peace and quiet, you’ll find it here. 

Start your Hocking Hills cabin search now to start planning your team’s retreat.

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