Summer Journey to Hocking Hills – Summer Activities in Ohio

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Hocking Hills has a way of captivating the minds and imaginations of travelers who arrive here to enjoy time far from the daily grind during the summer months. It’s difficult not to be swept away by the combination of colors, weather, amazing views, and endless opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature when summer is in full swing. Whether you’re traveling solo or coming this way with the whole family, Hocking Hills is packed with places to see and explore when your travel plans have you heading this way in the summer. Here are a few fun things to do in Ohio in summer you won’t want to miss!

Hike Buckeye Trail

It’s unlikely that your plans have you trekking the entirety of the infamous Buckeye Trail while you’re on vacation in Hocking Hills. This trail notoriously winds through the state of Ohio covering 1,444-miles of ground along the way. While the whole trip may be daunting, guests to Hocking Hills can enjoy a portion of the journey that connects them to Queer Creek, Old Man’s Cave and through Cedar Falls. If you continue on Buckeye Trail all the way to Ash Cave, you can expect to set aside 3-4 hours of your day to cover the necessary miles.

Hocking Hills State Park
19852 OH-664
Logan, OH 43138
740-385-6842

Lake Logan State Park

Hiking in Hocking Hills is one of the most popular summer activities in Ohio amongst locals and visitors alike. When you’re ready to lace up and bundle up, head over to Lake Logan State Park and enjoy a maze of trails that will take you right into the heart of nature. If you’re one for fishing, the 400-acre lake this park hosts is the perfect place to try your look at the next catch of the day.

Lake Logan State Park
30443 Lake Logan Road
Logan, OH 43138
740-385-6842

Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve

Settled into the heart of Rockbridge, Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve is the perfect place for the outdoor adventurer to savor the sights of nature while enjoying challenging terrain that beckons in the name of hiking your way through a day. This year-round destination comes to life in the summer months as the foliage is in full view and the terrain is dotted with wildflowers and wildlife worth observing and enjoying. Bring your binoculars and camera for an excursion this direction which includes options to savor the 100-foot wide gorge that defines the landscape as well as the towering cliffs that surround it. At nearly 200 feet tall, these natural walls are sure to impress and inspire.

Conkle Hollow State Nature Preserve
24858 Big Pine Road
Rockbridge, OH 43149
614-265-6561

Rose Lake

When you’re looking for a scenic locale to enjoy a summer picnic with family and friends or are craving tranquil time on the water casting a line, a stop at inviting Rose Lake is always worth your time. Just down the road from Old Man’s Cave, Rose Lake is no more than a simple hike away and provides visitors with a body of water that’s as welcoming as it is inspiring. Known officially as Hocking Hills Reservoir, Rose Lake is a well-loved local destination where fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and admiring the surroundings are enjoyable activities to participate in. The trail leading from Old Man’s Cave to Rose Lake is less than 2 miles in length, making this a very accessible summer stop as well.

Rose Lake
SR 664 South
Logan, OH 43138
740-385-6842

Spotted Horse Ranch

When the summer sun is high in the sky and you’re excited to get out and explore the terrain that makes up the greater Hocking Hills area, a stop at the Spotted Horse Ranch is a must. For experienced equestrians, a visit to the Spotted Horse Ranch is a great chance to try a trail ride in a new fashion, or even bring your own horse and make the most of the scenic trails alongside an experienced guide. This working ranch is also well-suited to the new rider who is looking for an adventure and to try something different during their Hocking Hills getaway. Get introduced to the on-site team of Appaloosa horses and enjoy a safety lesson before heading out on the trail and making the most of the adventure. Those that book the Cowboy Cookout ride will be in for a real savory treat along the way as well.

Spotted Horse Ranch
17325 SR 180
Laurelville, OH 43135
877-992-7433

Enjoy the Most Fun Things to Do in Ohio in Summer

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