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Hocking Hills Camping, Ohio

Enjoy Hocking Hills Camping. This amazing state park is located southeast of Columbus, Ohio. This was the last stop on a trip that also included Ohiopyle State Park and Tomlinson Run State Park.

Waterfall at Hocking Hills

This is Ohio’s most popular state park, making camping near Hocking Hills a favorite activity.

Old Man's Cave Panorama at Hocking Hills State Park

This beautiful outdoor recreation area is filled with gorges and ravines, cut by rivers and streams, which attracts visitors from all over the world.

Hocking Hills Camping

The entry to the Hocking Hills State Park Campground is located right next to the entrance to the Old Man Cave parking lot.

Hocking Hills Campground Store

The check-in to the Old Man’s Cave Campground is handled at the camping store. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful.

The campground store is well-stocked with camping essentials, souvenirs, and snacks.

The campground is located up a steep ridge.

Hocking Hills Campground

All of the campsites have a paved or gravel pad, a picnic table, and a fire ring.

The majority available are electric sites.

There is one loop of full hook-up sites available at Hocking Hills. RV camping is available for rigs up to 50’.

There are decent shower houses located throughout the campground.

During the summer months, there is a campground pool available to all campers at no additional charge. It is a great way to cool off after the day of hiking!

Best Camping Spots in Hocking Hills

Many of the campsites along the main road are right on top of each other. These sites also seem to be lacking shade.

We recommend you avoid these. Instead, get a site down near the end of a cul-de-sac.

Hocking Hills Camping

We were in site 159, which was decent. Site 163 looks to be the very best site in the entire campground.

Our Hocking Hills Camping adventure lasted 4 nights, which was a good amount of time to hike all the trails.

Old Man’s Cave Camping

There is no camping at Old Man’s Cave itself, but the rental cabins have access to the cave trail.

Suspension Bridge at Hocking Hills

These cottages are very popular, so you need to book early!

Lake reflection near Old Man's Cave Campground

There is also Hocking Hills tent camping available at the family walk-in camp area. A youth group camp is available to be reserved.

Visit Hocking Hills State Park

The Hocking Hills area is well known for its incredible hiking.

Hiking at Hocking Hills

The state park has seven distinct areas, four of which are located very close to each other. Each of these areas offers fantastic hiking.

Old Man's Cave

Of all the Hocking Hills hiking trails, Old Man’s Cave is the most visited.

This area is the heart of the park and it houses the visitor center, which was being rebuilt when we visited in 2018.

Old Man's Cave Trail

Since the Old Man’s Cave parking lot fills quickly, we recommend that you get there early. The trails are really crowded by midday.

Lower Falls at Hocking Hills State Park

Kids and adults alike will enjoy the trails around Old Man’s Cave and down to Lower Falls. They feature tunnels carved out of rock and stream crossings.

Hiking Tunnel at Hocking Hills

Make sure to pick up at Hocking Hills Hiking Map when you arrive.

Seven Areas of Hocking Hills Ohio

We visited all seven areas and hiked most of the trails throughout the park. Some of these areas are shared with the state forest.

Rock House Hocking Hills

One of our favorites is the Rock House.

Since it is located 5 miles away from Old Man’s Cave parking lot, you will need to drive and park there before you hike.

Waterfall into a pool at Hocking Hills

Ash Cave and Conkles Hollow have paved paths, making them accessible to all.

Get at Hocking Hills State Park Map here.

Enjoy more Midwest hiking and camping at Turkey Run State Park in Indiana, Fox Ridge State Park in Illinois, Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Upper Michigan, or Wylusing State Park in Wisconsin.

Hocking Hills State Park - Looking for Hocking Hills Camping? Get the best camping spots at Hocking Hills State Park and enjoy hiking at Old Man's Cave. You will see great waterfalls and amazing rock formations.

What is your favorite part of Hocking Hills?


Monday 13th of March 2023

Nice photos and trip report!

I spent a few days there last year. Camped at the primitive, hike in, camping area that's near the main campground. Lots of fun hiking! Beautiful scenery. I forget the name of the one hike but it was magical and serene.. The mossy very high rock walls slowly closed in as you hiked, and the temps dropped a bit, and at the end was a small waterfall then you turn around back the way you came.

You'd think Ben would have pulled the maps and info from the Hocking Hills website. I know I do thorough research when planning a trip.


Saturday 21st of August 2021

Ok little write up here. Acceptable amount of basic info on the amenities. I really wish more time was spent on this so give people a better idea on what to expect. It's nice you mention one feature being 5 miles away so you need to drive to it. But it would be nice to know how long it takes to explore each of the 7 attractions. Going for the first time tomorrow and I'm going the 2 days we took off are enough time to see every thing

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