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Top 5 Picnic Spots in Hocking Hills, Ohio

When you go out in Hocking Hills, you will have no shortage of local restaurants to try out. Each of these restaurants offer a different cuisine and are worthy of your patronage. However, any vacation getaway is not complete until you have a picnic out in the wild. Hocking Hills is an outdoor playground and features plenty of areas that will be worthy of a picnic. Take a look at the top 5 places in Hocking Hills where you can enjoy a picnic:

Old Man’s Cave

It should be no surprise to you that Old Man’s Cave makes the list. For those who are unaware, Old Man’s Cave is one of the top spots right here in the Hocking Hills State Park. This is the state park that continues to be the biggest attraction in Hocking Hills. Each year, thousands of visitors come to the park and enjoy hiking around the seven different areas. Old Man’s Cave is perhaps the most popular area in the park. In fact, you will find that Old Man’s Cave has a little bit of everything for you.

First and foremost, you will find four spacious picnic areas that are covered. This means you can enjoy a picnic even if the weather turns sour with rain or snow. There is plenty of room for your entire party to relax during your picnic. Once you’re done, explore the over 2,000 acres of Old Man’s Cave. In addition to the recessed cavern, you will find 26 miles of hiking and even rock climbing and rappelling that is available with a reserved tour. Don’t forget about some ice fishing in the winter, too! As you can see, there is so much to see and do during your picnic at Old Man’s Cave.

Rest of Hocking Hills State Park

The rest of Hocking Hills State Park also have picnic areas to check out too. This includes picnic shelters over at Ash Cave, Rock House, Cedar Falls, and Cantwell Cliffs. Each area of these park areas features four picnic shelters, making it easy to set up what you need. Best of all, you can always reserve a picnic area in advance by calling 866-644-6727. Now that is easy and convenient!

Lake Hope State Forest

Hocking Hills State Park may be the most notable park in the area, but it is not the only one close to our vacation rentals. Lake Hope State Forest is not far away and also offers chances to enjoy a picnic. Lake Hope has three picnic areas that are covered as well. What makes Lake Hope a notable spot for picnics is the picnic areas are right by the water. You will find 600 feet of beach right along the water where you can enjoy a dip into the lake. During marked hours there is even a beach concession stand just in case you need to add a few options to your picnic. If you want to hit up the water, you can stop by the boat rental shop and enjoy a motorboat as you drive around Lake Hope. There are plenty of nature programs available at the nature center and 17 miles of hiking. As you can see, there is no shortage of fun at Lake Hope State Forest!

Tar Hollow

For the most available Hocking Hills places for a picnic, you will find plenty of spots over at Tar Hollow. This local park features eight different picnic shelters, making it the most available during your stay. Tar Hollow may not be as well-known as the other picnic spots, but it is something you don’t want to miss. There are local activities in the area the whole family will love such as fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, mini golf, and swimming. Tar Hollow is an outdoor playground just waiting to be explored after your picnic.

Burr Oak

Perhaps one of the more limiting options but is still a worthy sight is Burr Oak. This local park features just a single picnic area under a canopy; however, you can always set up a picnic on the campgrounds if you have a table and the right supplies. Burr Oak also features a small water area with a beach area. During the summer you will also find nature programs for the kids to enjoy. Burr Oak will have fishing and hiking during the summer and sledding, ice skating, and ice fishing during the winter. There is plenty to see and do even if there is a smaller picnic area to check out.

More Fun at These Hocking Hills Spots

As you can see, having a picnic has never been as fun as it is here in Hocking Hills. Make sure to book a reservation at one of our vacation rentals to be close to each of these picnic areas.

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