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Journey to Hocking Hills in Spring – Things to Do in Ohio in Spring

As winter begins to melt away and spring begins to appear, Hocking Hills comes to life with a dynamic landscape perfect for exploring. Travelers with an unending sense of adventure will love every moment spent in our spring rentals in Hocking Hills as plants and flowers come to life, wildlife reappears, and the temperatures begin to rise. Whether you’re one for hiking and biking or taking to the water by kayak and canoe, Hocking Hills offers plenty of fun things to do in Ohio in spring.



Day 1: Cantwell Cliffs



Hocking Hills State Park is well-known amongst those who love to hike as this area alone hosts a wide collection of natural wonders that are worth taking time to observe and explore. Cantwell Cliffs is a dynamic destination where rocks, staircases and valley floors collide to create a stunning scene that’s often best observed in the spring. Hiking to Cantwell Cliffs takes about 40 minutes as the trail is a comfortable half mile. Towering cliff walls and natural rock shelters make this one of the best places to visit in Ohio in the spring, and you’ll want to be sure to have your camera ready!


Hocking Hills State Park
19852 OH-664
Logan, OH 43138


Day 2: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway


Take advantage of an amazing vantage point over a landscape coming to life with new color by booking a spot on a Hocking Valley Scenic Railway in the spring. Head over to the Nelsonville train depot on a Saturday or Sunday and enjoy a journey on a vintage train that provides stunning views of the dynamic terrain that makes up Hocking Hills. Rides are generally two hours in length and come with options to enjoy the experience in a closed or open car.


Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
33 W. Canal Street
Nelsonville, OH 45764


Day 3: The Spotted Horse Ranch


Spring is the season for warmer-weather fun and one of the best things to do in Ohio in the spring is to hit the trails in a unique style. Take time to enjoy a trail ride on horseback when you make time for a visit to The Spotted Horse Ranch in Laurelville. This charming stop provides guests with the instruction they’ll require to saddle up and explore the terrain alongside a knowledgeable guide. Combine the best of nature, views, and fun when you make The Spotted Horse Ranch a must-do in the springtime.


The Spotted Horse Ranch
17325 Deffenbaugh Road #9633
Laurelville, OH 43135


Local Restaurants Open in the Spring


Everyone needs to eat, especially when they are following our spring journey guide to enjoying Hocking Hills. The area features many seasonal restaurants that will be open again once the spring season has sprung. The selection of restaurants ranges from fine dining to more casual environments.


For your fine dining needs, there is nowhere better to dine with that Rhapsody. This local restaurant can be found in downtown Nelsonville and is situated in a unique space. The restaurant finds all of its ingredients from local suppliers and markets when possible. Each ingredient is always fresh, and the difference can be found in each bite you take. Rhapsody has a strong community aspect with Hocking Hills as it trains students from the Hocking College Culinary School. This is no novice restaurant however as you will find each entrée to be just as decadent as the last. Due to its unique nature a meal at Rhapsody can be enjoyed through reservations only. You can place your reservation today by calling 740-753-5740. Rhapsody is located at 18 Public Square in Nelsonville.


For those looking for fine world cuisine you need to enjoy a meal at Salaam. This exotic restaurant features a family friendly ambience for everyone to enjoy together. The eclectic array of traditional dishes includes influences from the Middle East, India, Thailand, Africa, and the Mediterranean. This restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner with separate hours for both meals. Salaam can be found at 21 W. Washington Street in Athens. Call 740-594-3800 to place your reservation today.


Not all meals need to be a fine dining experience and instead a more casual fare. There is no place better to show up hungry for classic comfort food than Hungry Buffalo right here in Logan, Ohio. This local restaurant has all of the classic pub and grub you could want. Order their house favorite waffles and wings platter or go with the breakfast burger with an egg on top. There is always cold beer on draft ready to be poured into the next pint glass. The full-service bar can mix up any cocktail you want or go with a nice glass of wine. The relaxing atmosphere is always inviting and encouraging you to stay for the next sports game on the TV. Hungry Buffalo is the perfect relaxed place for lunch or dinner and can be found at 12762 Grey St in Logan. Don’t forget to leave your appetite at home and show up ready to eat!


See All the Top Places to Visit in Ohio in Spring


When spring is in full swing, it’s time to make the most of the time spent in beautiful Hocking Hills. Let the professionals at Buffalo Cabins and Lodges take care of all of your accommodation details so you can focus on spending quality time with family and friends in a place that’s sure to inspire. Contact us today for more information on our many property options and ideas for other things to do in Ohio in the spring!

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