Blue Rock State Forest

Blue Rock Township
Blue Rock

740-385-4402

6:00 am - 11:00 pm daily. 4,578 acres in Muskingum County. 26 miles of Bridle Trails. Fishing. Fire Tower. Hiking. Hunting. Mushroom hunting. Most of the marginally productive farmland was originally acquired by the federal government during the 1930s under the Resettlement Administration. Surface ownership was later transferred to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry while the federal government retained three-fourths interest in the oil and gas rights. Subsequent reforestation and the application of forest management and protection practices have transformed low quality farmland into one of Ohios most beautiful and productive forests.In 1949, management of Cutler Lake and the adjoining recreation facilities was transferred to the Division of Parks and Recreation.

https://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/bluerocktabc1

Hocking State Forest

19275 S.R. 374
Rockbridge

740-385-4402

The Hocking State Forest consists of 9,696 scres in Hocking County, 59 miles of hiking on 3 different trails, 40 miles of bridle trails - Hocking State Forest Bridle Trail, 23 horse campsites - Hocking State Forest Horsemans Camp, rockclimbing and rappelling area of 99 acreas and Three State Nature Preserves - Conkles Hollow - open to the public and Sheick Hollow and little Rocky Hollow with admission by permit only. Other sites are Chapel Cave, Airplane Rock and an Artisen Well. Hocking State Forest is managed under the multiple-use concept with special empahsis on maintaining or creating a forest cover that will enhance woodland recreation. The area is also managed for timber and wildlife habitat, forestry research and demonstrations of good forest management, natural beauty, tree seed for forest nurseries and protection of soils and watershed.

https://hockinghills.com/hocking_forest.html

Perry State Forest

5781 Township Hwy 154 NE
New Lexington

740-385-4402

Open 6:00am through 11:00pm daily. 4,567 acres in Perry County with 24 miles of hiking trails, 8 miles of bridle trails, and 16 miles of APV trails. Hunting. All Purpose Vehicles. Mushroom hunting. Mountain biking. Much of Perry State Forest was strip mined for coal prior to existing reclamation law, resulting in very rugged, sometimes barren terrain. Since the state acquired the area in 1961, some reclamation has been accomplished, including a large area along County Road 48. Several reforestation and test tree plantings have been established on the forest.The Perry APV area is the most popular public riding area in Ohio. Miles of challenging trails are open. Picnic tables and latrines are provided at the parking area. The APV area closes the day after deer gun season ends through March 31.Perry State Forest has a very scenic day-use bridle trail system. Parking for horse trailer rigs is provided along County Road 48. The Miles Lake water is suitable for horses.The diversity of forest cover encourages a variety of wildlife species and hunting opportunities.

https://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/perrytabc1

Tar Hollow State Park

297 East Main Street
Logan

740-663-2538

Tar Hollow is Ohios third largest state forest, containing 16,354 acres in Ross, Vinton and Hocking Counties, 22 miles of hiking trails, 33 miles of bridle trails, 46 horsecamp sites, grouse management area. Buckeye trail and Logan Trail pass through the forest. Seventeen miles of paved forest roads and 14 miles of gravel forest roads provide a great opportunity for a scenic drive and allow good access to all areas of the forest. Hiking Trails: Yes Pets Allowed: Yes Waterfalls: No Shelter House: 8 Picnic Tables: 40, 4 picnic areasRestrooms: Yes Boating: YesHunting: YesPicnicking:Yes Swimming: Yes Fishing: YesBoat Rentals: YesMountain Biking: YesCamping: YesPlayground and Basketball court. General Store. Miniature golf course, game room with ping pong, air hockey and fooseball.

https://www.stateparks.com/tar_hollow_state_park_in_ohio.html

Vinton Furnace State Forest

Experimental Forest Road
Wilkesville

740-596-5781

6am to 11pm daily. 12,089 acres in Vinton County near McArthur. Home to the state's largest known population of bobcats. Also home to timber rattlesnakes, cerulean warblers and several rare plant species. Camping permitted in Hunters Camp only. The Hunters camp is operational one day before the start of squirrel season until one day after the close of grouse season. It is open again 14 days before the start of wild turkey season and closes the day after the season ends. Campers must be legally licensed hunters and must complete a self-registration form on-site.

https://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/vintonfurnace

Zaleski State Forest

Ohio 278
Zaleski

740-596-5781

6am - 11pm Daily. 26,827 acres in Vinton and Athens counties with 25 miles of hiking trails, 50 miles of bridle trails, 23.5 miles of backpacking trails, 16 horsecamp sites, a hunters camp, and shooting range open to public use on a first come, first serve basis. There is a sawmill in the forest. The forest encompasses Lake Hope State Park as well as turkey and grouse management areas. Historic Moonville Tunnel is located within Zaleski State Forest on an abandoned BO railroad right-of-way.

https://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/zaleskitabc1

Alley Park

2805 Old Logan Rd SE
Lancaster

740-681-5025

Goslin Nature Education Center at Alley Park holds programs for all ages. Activities such as Archery, canoeing, bonfires, games, crafts and informational time with animals as well as special events like Maple Syrup Tapping, Frontier Spirit and Pumpkin Hike.

https://www.ci.lancaster.oh.us/254/Charles-Alley-Nature-Park

Bishops Educational Garden

13200 Little Cola Rd.
Rockbridge

740-385-3016

The Bishop Educational Gardens was donated to the Hocking Soil Water Conservation District on December 12, 2008. As retired teachers Roberta Bishop and her late husband Bruce dreamed that one day their property would be used for outdoor education. Workshops for adults like the Garden Workshop, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Classes, Rain Barrel Workshops, Winter Hikes and of course the famous Lilyfest are held here. Field Trips for school children, home school programs and family outdoor programs are also possible due to this generous donation. Additionally, the gardens received another special gift of a tree identification nature trail in honor of the late Paul B. Hoskins this past spring. Paul was a former biology teacher, worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and served as the Pickaway County Soil Water Conservation Supervisor. See main page calendar for upcoming events.

https://www.hockingswcd.com/bishop-educational-gardens.html

Clear Creek Metro Park

185 Clear Creek Road
Rockbridge

740-385-1834

The beauty of the Clear Creek valley comes from the overlap of geologic and climate zones. Here the prairies of the west meet the Appalachian forests of the east. Canadian hemlocks pushed south by glaciers meet southern species such as rhododendron. Hiking Trails: Rim Trail - 2 miles, Gorge Trail - 3/4 miles Wheelchair Accessible: No Pets Allowed: Yes Waterfalls: No Shelter House: No Picnic Tables: 10 Restrooms: No Swimming: No Fishing: Yes

https://hockinghills.com/clear_creek.html

Kachelmacher Park

128-274 State Route 93 S
Logan

740-385-4060

Kachelmacher Park is a picnic style park located in downtown Logan, Ohio. The park was donated to the City of Logan by Nils Louis Christian Kachmacher to be used solely as a public park in 1917. The park consists of 3 large shelter houses that may be used free by the public for parties or gatherings. The availability of these shelters houses are on a first come first serve basis.

http://www.kachelmacherpark.com/

Kaeppner Woods

34070 Sutton Rd
Logan

740-385-3885

The Woods at Kaeppner Place TWKP has 150, mostly wooded acres, with pond and hiking mountain bike trails. TWKP is available for large family group primitive camping. An onsite shower house is available for overnight campers in season. TWPK boasts a 10 acre natural grass amphitheater with a stage available for festivals and music events. Stage area has electric and water hook ups available for campers and or vendors.

http://www.kaeppnerswoods.com/

Lake Park at Coshocton

23253 State Route 83 North
Coshocton

740-622-7528

Coshocton Lake Park Recreational Complex has an Aquatic Center, Canal Boat, Pavilion, Nature Trails, Campground, Recreation.

http://www.coshoctonlakepark.com

Lake Snowden Education Research Park

PO Box 523
Albany

740-698-6373

Lake Snowden is a 675 acre education and recreation park, featuring the largest of four lakes which form the Margaret Creek Conservancy District.The lake covers approximately 136 acres offering camping, boating, fishing, picnicking and swimming. The serene setting reveals natural beauty while maintaining the convenience of being just 5 miles from Athens, Ohio. The shelter houses, restroom facilities, beach, shoreline fishing holes, and fish hatchery make Lake Snowden a full-featured recreation park.Lake Snowden was built for the Margaret Creek Conservancy District in 1968 with federal funds through the Farmers Home Administration and the Soil Conservation Service in an effort to control flooding. It opened to the public in 1972 and in 1998, Hocking College purchased Lake Snowden from Le-Ax Water District.

http://lakesnowden.com/

Lancaster Parks and Recreation

1507 East Main Street
Lancaster

740-687-6651

8 am to 5 pm office hours. Most parks are open dawn to dusk. Lancaster Parks and Recreation provide many parks in Fairfield County with a large variety of events and recreation opportunities.

https://www.ci.lancaster.oh.us/245/Parks-Recreation

Mercer Woods

9016 Buckeye Troxel Road
Sugar Grove

614-439-5172

Mercer Woods is located in the scenic Hocking River valley in the northern extent of the Hocking Hills. It is part of our Hocking River Conservation Corridor initiative. The 116-acre parcel includes typical Hocking Hills landscape features including sandstone outcrops and a small stream gorge, as well as a wide variety of habitats.

http://www.appalachiaohioalliance.org

Pickerington Ponds Metro Park

7680 Wright Road
Canal Winchester

614-508-8111

Designated as one of Ohio's Important Birding Areas by Audubon Ohio, Pickerington Ponds is a premier spot for observing more than 260 species of birds. The combination of seasonal ponds and rich wetland vegetation, with bordering woodlands, serve as a magnet for migrating waterfowl, shore birds and land birds.

http://www.metroparks.net/parks-and-trails/pickerington-ponds/

Rising Park

1120 N. High Street
Lancaster

740-687-6651

Park closes at Dark. The park features baseball/softball diamond, fishing, grill, horseshoe pits, parking picnic areas, picnic shelters, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, and tennis court.

http://www.ci.lancaster.oh.us/facilities/facility/details/risingpark-8

Rock Mill Park

1429 Rock Mill Place NW
Lancaster

740-681-7249

The park is open sunrise to sunset. The mill is open May to October on Saturday and Sunday from 1-3pm. Stunning early nineteenth century grist mill situated above the Hocking river falls - excellent photography spot. Historic Rock Mill Covered Bridge built in 1901. Parking is available along Rock Mill Place. Historical Fairfield County Park - Rock Mill Park encompasses the historic Rock Mill, a stunning grist mill built in 1824 above the Hocking River Falls and the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Standing 90 feet above the gorge of the falls, Rock Mill stands as a testament to the rich agricultural heritage of Fairfield County, whose -fair fields- attracted so many brave pioneers in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the early 1800s Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. The mill was in operation grinding flour and corn into wheat and meal as late at 1905.

http://fairfieldcountyparks.com/rock_mill.html

Rose Lake

SR 664 South
Logan

740-385-6561

Hocking Hills Reservoir locally nicknamed Rose Lake sometimes called Fisherman's Lake is located just outside of Old Man's Cave, in the Hocking Hills region of Hocking County, Ohio, United States. It is a part of the Hocking Hills State Park.It is accessed via the crossing of the Old Man's Cave gorge and following the signs - about a 3 miles 4.8 km hike. There is no direct road access, though a shortcut may be found via a trail from a primitive campground which borders the lake.Hocking Hills reservoir is the approximate mid-point of a trail between Old Man's Cave and Cedar Falls. Specifically, it is found on the Upper Gorge Trail.

Ross County Fairgrounds

344 Fairgrounds Road
Chillicothe

740-775-5083

Ross County Fairgrounds is home to the Ross County Fair and numerous other events throughout the year.

http://rosscountyfair.com/

Slate Run Metro Park

1375 State Route 674 N.
Canal Winchester

614-508-8111

Open 6:30 a.m. to dark. Slate Run Metro Park isn't resting on slate rock -- settlers mistook the dark soil for 350-million year old slate. It's actually shale, a soft rock made from clay deposited by water about 350 million years ago. Slate Run features a variety of habitats ranging from the open areas of grasslands, wetlands and meadows to the forested areas of beech, oak, hickory and sugar maple. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound at the 1,705-acre park. Sandhill cranes have nested in the 156-acre wetland and the northern bobwhite quail have been reintroduced in the park.

http://www.metroparks.net/parks-and-trails/slate-run/

Smeck Historical Farm

7395 Basil Road NW
Baltimore

740-681-7249

Location Features an Open-air shelter, Green space for picnicking, photography and recreation, and 1.4-mile walking trail. This park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset.Smeck Historical Farm, located just south of the former Village of Basil near the west edge of what is now Baltimore in Liberty Township, is a 45-acre park consisting of mature mixed hardwoods, deep ravines, meadows, a Civilian Conservation Corps pine plantation and fields partially divided by the Little Walnut Creek and the Ohio-Erie Canal. A gift to the people of Fairfield County by the late Harold Smeck, the park provides a prime example of the power of the last great glacier, the Wisconsinan, which began its retreat from what would become Ohio more than 14,000 years ago. As the Wisconsinan flattened hills and filled in valleys, it began to melt, producing unimaginable torrents of water rushing from its face and cutting deep into the landscape, leaving behind the ravines seen today at the park.The park is home to the remains of the Fetter-Hood Barn, a large, double forebay, German-style barn that was moved to the park in 2006 from its original location just outside of Lancaster. Smeck Farm also includes a 1.4-mile trail that goes from the Fetter-Hood Barn to Walnut Creek and back. The park also features a large open space for picnicking and recreation. Reconstruction of the Fetter-Hood Barn will begin in 2015 and will be the centerpiece of a historic village. The first building of the village, a blacksmiths shop, is currently in place.

http://fairfieldcountyparks.com/smeck_farm.html

Worthington Park Gazebo

Corner of Main Market Sts.
Logan

740-385-6964

Park for Public Meetings and Concerts. Outdoors. No shelter for audience.

https://www.loganohio.net/

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

16062 State Route 104
Chillicothe

740-774-1126

Visible remnants of Hopewell culture are concentrated in the Scioto River valley near the present-day city of Chillicothe, Ohio. The most striking Hopewell sites contain earthworks in the form of circles, squares, and other geometric shapes. Many of these sites were built to a monumental scale, with earthen walls up to 12 feet high outlining geometric figures more than 1,000 feet across. Conical and loaf-shaped earthen mounds up to 30 feet high are often found in association with the geometric earthworks. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park preserves six earthwork complexes. All photos credited to NPS / Hopewell Culture NHP

http://www.nps.gov/hocu/index.htm

Wayne National Forest

13700 U.S. Highway 33
Nelsonville

740-753-0101

This national forest, in the heart of the heavily populated Midwest, covers almost a quarter million acres of Appalachian foothills. Visitors to national forest lands are welcome to camp, hike, hunt and fish. The Forest boundaries surround a checkerboard pattern of ownership, with public and private ownership interspersed. There are over 300 miles of trails on the Forest for hiking, all-terrain vehicle ATV riding, mountain biking, or horseback riding.Trails are open from April 15th through December 15th.

https://www.fs.fed.us/r9/wayne/

Bartley Preserve

1711 Hitler Road 1
Circleville

334-399-2345

Appalachia Ohio Alliance managed Nature Preserve in Pickaway County.

http://www.appalachiaohioalliance.net

Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

2200 Gratiot Road SE
Newark

614-265-6561

The prime feature of this preserve is a narrow, east-west gorge cut by the Licking River through the famous Black Hand sandstone formation. It also boasts the only bike trail in Ohio's state nature preserve system more than 4 miles of bike trail wind through the preserve.The preserve is rich in natural as well as early Ohio history.The name Blackhand, for which the preserve is named, originated from a dark, hand-shaped Indian petroglyph which was engraved on the face of a massive sandstone cliff along the north side of the river. The engraving was destroyed in 1828 when canal builders dynamited the cliff face, during construction of the Ohio-Erie Canal, which runs through the gorge. Sections of the canal towpaths and canal locks may be seen from the trails along the river.The dry hilltops are dominated by oak-hickory mature woods along with Virginia pine and mountain laurel. Yellow birch, cherry birch and eastern hemlock grow on northerly exposures. It is an excellent site for viewing woodland spring wildflowers.

https://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/blackhandgorge

Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve

7211 Bremen Road
Logan

740-380-8918

Special Features - Woods. Wetlands. Spring Wildflowers. Geologic Features. Summer Wildflowers. Bird Watching. Wide diversity of habitats. Federally Endangered Running Buffalo Clover. Facilities - 7 miles of trails. Access to off-trail areas of Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve, including Robinson Falls, requires a written permit. Additional trails planned. Small pond and gazebo near trailhead. Meeting room and educational programming facility. Parking lot. Trailhead - 7000 Beach Camp Road, Logan, OH 607 acres in Hocking County. Located in northern Hocking County at the edge of the Hocking Hills Region, Boch Hollow provides an excellent opportunity to see a wide diversity of habitats ranging from riparian corridors, mature wooded hills, ridges, and old field remnants. The most notable botanical feature at Boch Hollow is the extensive population of the Federally Endangered Running Buffalo Clover the largest such population in Ohio.Unique among Ohios preserves is the mission of Boch Hollow to serve as an educational site for hands-on environmental education of Appalachian Ohio ecology. Primarily geared toward local school children, the staff also provides programs to the general public as well as various civic and environmental organizations.

https://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/bochhollow

Conkle's Hollow Nature Preserve

24858 Big Pine Road
Rockbridge

740-385-6842

Special Features - Geologic Features. Bird Watching. Spring Wildflowers and Fern Communities. Woods. Spectacular sandstone gorge with excellent vistas. Facilities - Wheelchair accessible. Flush Restrooms. Parking lot. 3.5 mile trail system. the Lower Gorge Trail is a 1-mile disabled accessible trail. Drinking water is not available. No Pets. 87 acres in Hocking County. Conkles Hollow, situated off S.R. 374 on Big Pine Road is a rugged, rocky gorge - considered one of the deepest in Ohio. The valley floor is a veritable wilderness covered by a profusion of ferns and wildflowers. The deep, cool gorge, which is only 100 feet wide in places and is considered by some to be the deepest in Ohio, has numerous waterfalls cascading over its sandstone cliffs. The Lower Gorge trail was recently redesigned to accommodate visitors of all abilities. The cliff tops with their magnificent overlooks and the quiet gorge beneath offer visitors an opportunity to explore different habitats, each with its own unique plant and animal communities. Hiking Trails: Rim Trail - 4 miles, Gorge Trail - 1/2 miles Wheelchair Accessible: Yes Pets Allowed: No Waterfalls: Yes Picnic Tables: 5 Restrooms: Yes

https://hockinghills.com/conkles_hollow.html

Earl H. Barnhart's Buzzards Roost Nature Preserve

514 Red Bird Lane
Chillicothe

740-775-2247

The Earl H. Barnhart Buzzards Roost Nature Preserve encompasses approximately 1300 acres of some of the most rugged and beautiful country in this area. The rollinguplands are deeply cut by precipitous wooded ravines that are wild and picturesque. From the top of the cliffs bordering Paint Creek, There is a magnificent panorama of ranges of rolling hills, while below is the deep gorge of the stream, flanked by vertical cliffs of sandstone and shale. From the highest elevation to the lowest it is 600 feet, a condition found in few places in Ohio. The preserve is located at the southern limitof glaciations in this region. It is part of some of the oldest continuously eroded landscape on earth. There is a rich diversity of plant and wildlife here for the careful observer. The area is rich in history yet to be discovered. There are several decaying home sites where only the stone foundations can be found, and maybe an old well or two. There is also a long forgotten cemetery dating back to the late 1800s. There are numerous former logging roads that crisscross the area for easy walking.Buzzards Roost is devoted to the study of the natural history of the area and appreciation of its scenic beauty.

https://www.rosscountyparkdistrict.com

Kleinmaier State Nature Preserve

Pump Station Road
Sugar Grove

334-399-2345

Although small in size at 32 acres, this designated state nature preserve consists of a small valley ringed by spectacular outcrops of Black Hand Sandstone. Donated by the heirs of Bertram and Josephine Kleinmaier, this treasured natural area is a component of the nearby Rhododendron Hollow State Nature Preserve. Both of these wooded parcels harbor healthy populations of the state threatened Great Rhododendron and associated plants such as Partridge Berry, Wintergreen, Pink Moccasin Flower, Indian Pipe, and Walking Fern. In a wet spring, seep the locally rare Swamp Saxifrage grows in association with a dense forest of Skunk Cabbage. Access to this site is by permit only.

http://www.appalachiaohioalliance.org/conservation/kleinmaier-preserve

Mathias Grove

25779 Bailey Road
Rockbridge

740-380-0227

Mathias Grove is an area just north of Logan that hosts the annual Trillium Festival held in mid-April. Trilliums and wildflowers abound. Mathias Grove is protected from development in perpetuity through a conservation easement donation to Appalachia Ohio Alliance.

http://www.appalachiaohioalliance.org/

Rhododendron Cove State Nature Preserve

2730 Pump Station Road SE
Lancaster

740-380-8919

Special Features - Woods. Spring Wildflowers. Summer Wildflowers. Geologic Features. Bird Watching. State listed flame azalea. Likely largest native population of great rhododendron in Ohio. Facilities - Parking lot. 1.2 mile trail, remain on marked trail at all times. The preserve provides a rather strenuous hike to the top of the dry ridge line with a view of the Hocking River Valley to the east. This dry ridge forms a horseshoe shape, supporting a significant chestnut oak community with Virginia and pitch pine, sourwood and a well-developed heath layer of mountain laurel, blueberry, deer berry, and state listed flame azalea. The cooler north facing slopes below the cliff lines form an environment better suited to eastern hemlock, black birch and another state listed member of the heath family - the great rhododendron. This is likely the home of the largest native population of this native rhododendron in Ohio. Peak blooming is typically during late June and early July.

https://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/rhododendroncove

Riddle State Nature Preserve Hawk Woods

Sells Park - Avon Place
Athens

740-380-8919

Special Features - Woods. Spring Wildflowers. Bird Watching. Geological Features. Old growth forest remnant. Facilities - none. The preserve is adjacent to Strouds Run State Park that offers many facilities. 106 acre preserve lies outside the city of Athens, locally known as Hawk Woods. The trees include massive tulip poplar and oaks, some as large as 30 inches in diameter. An oak-hickory forest is present on the upper slopes of the younger, southern section of the preserve. The wooded preserve runs up a ridge and faces north/northwest. A small intermittent stream is present and the area is home to ferns, fungus and in the spring, a variety of wildflowers including showy orchids, jack-in-the-pulpit and trilliums. Excellent birding with the worm-eating warbler and Louisiana water thrush and good population of ovenbirds, wood thrushes, red-eyed vireos, Acadian flycatchers and eastern wood pewees.

https://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/dalejackieriddle

Rockbridge Nature Preserve

11475 Dalton Rd
Rockbridge

740-380-8919

Special Features - Woods. Excellent Spring Wildflowers. Geologic features. Bird Watching. Ohios largest natural rock bridge. Facilities - Parking area. 2.75 mile trail system. 202 acres in Hocking County. Rockbridges natural arch or bridge is more than 100 feet long and 10 to 20 feet wide, and gracefully arches 50 feet across a ravine. It is considered the largest natural bridge in Ohio. Hiking Trails: 3 miles, Waterfalls: Yes.

https://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/rockbridge

Shallenberger State Nature Preserve

2470 Beck's Knob Road
Lancaster

740-380-8919

Special Features - Woods. Excellent Spring Wildflowers. Geological Features. Bird Watching. Allen Knob. Facilities - Parking lot and trail system. Jay Shallenberger, the areas original owner, wanted to see it both preserved and open for the enjoyment and education of Ohioans. His wishes were carried out by the Fairfield County Commissioners who received the land after his death. Early in 1973, the commissioners transferred the property to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a scenic state nature preserve and it is managed by the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. More than 300 million years ago this portion of Ohio lay under the waters of a vast inland ocean. Large sand deltas were deposited by streams flowing into the ancient seas. Over millions of years, compaction of these sand deltas fused the sand into rock, creating the Black Hand sandstone formation found in Ohio today. The oceans have long since disappeared and the subsequent weathering of this massive sandstone formation by water, wind and temperature extremes has created striking gorges, overhangs, rock shelters, promontories and waterfalls, best known in the Hocking Hills region. At Shallenberger, the long process of weathering produced Allen Knob, a promontory of highly resistant sandstone, and the smaller adjacent Ruble Knob. Allen Knob towers 240 feet above the surrounding countryside and provides an impressive vista of the central Ohio lowland plains to the west. While this major feature of the preserve owes its origin to an ancient marine environment, the preserve also shows the effects of the last major glacial period. More than 10,000 years ago great sheets of ice, in some places more than 1 mile thick, covered portions of Ohio. Shallenberger lies at their southeastern limit. The tops of Allen and Ruble knobs apparently remained free of ice. However, their bases were buried under an end moraine, an accumulation of rock, gravel and sand debris which was frozen in glacial ice and deposited at the melting front of the ice sheet. In a more subtle way, the plant communities at Shallenberger also reflect the influence of glaciation. The unglaciated tops and steep sides of Allen and Ruble knobs have thin, rocky soils low in moisture and nutrients. Chestnut oak and mountain laurel, a flowering shrub more commonly found in the Appalachian mountains, are abundant on the knobs. However, few other woody species have gained a foothold. The knobs also provide habitat for a number of ferns, including polypody, ebony spleenwort and walking fern.

https://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/shallenberger

Wahkeena Nature Preserve

2200 Pump Station Road
Sugar Grove

740-681-7249

Special Features - Woods. Wetlands. Spring Wildflowers. Summer Wildflowers. Geologic Features. Bird Watching. About 30 fern species. Eight native orchids may be found, including pink ladys slipper and showy orchids. Facilies - Restrooms. Drinking water. Parking lot. Visitors Center. Trails. Wahkeena Nature Preserve is administered by the Ohio History connection and managed locally by the Fairfield County Historical Parks. Hours - April through October - Wed-Sun 8am-4:30pm. November through March - Closed. 68 acres in Fairfield County. The site hosts an abundance of plants and animals typical of unglaciated Allegheny Plateau. Black Hand sandstone cliffs are forested primarily with tulip trees and oak. Rhododendron, mountain laurel, ferns and orchids are among the preserve's showiest plant species. Wahkeena serves as an outdoor education area for nature study groups, school groups, garden clubs and visiting natural resource professionals.

http://fairfieldcountyparks.com/wahkeena_nature_preserve.html

A W Marion State Park

7317 Warner Huffer Road
Circleville

740-869-3124

This small but unique park offers a variety of recreational activities while maintaining a quiet atmosphere of natural serenity.

https://www.stateparks.com/a_w_marion.html

Ash Cave

State Route 56
South Bloomingville

740-385-6842

In the southernmost reaches of Hocking Hills is Ash Cave - beyond doubt the most spectacular feature of the entire park. Ash Cave is the largest, most impressive recess cave in the state. Hiking Trails: Rim Trail - 2 miles, Gorge Trail - 1/4 miles Wheelchair Accessible: Yes Pets Allowed: Yes Waterfalls: Yes Shelter House: 3 Picnic Tables: 20 Restrooms: Yes Swimming: No Fishing: No

https://hockinghills.com/ash_cave.html

Blue Rock State Park

7924 Cutler Lake Road
Blue Rock

740-674-4794

Camping. Cabins. Unique Getaways. Archery. Bring your Pet. Boating. Fishing. History. Hunting. Picnicking. Shelter. Playground. Swimming. Hiking Trails. Bridle Trails. Weddings. Winter Recreation. Certified Clean Marina. Fire rings are provided. Volleyball and Basketball Courts. Camp Store. Rugged hills and rich green forests provide the backdrop to Blue rock State Park. Escape to natures solitude and enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of this scenic 322 acre state park. Surrounding the park is the 4,573 acre Blue Rock State Forest and the Muskingum River is nearby.

https://parks.ohiodnr.gov/bluerockoverview

Burr Oak State Park

Rt. 2, Box 159
Glouster

740-767-3797

As one of Ohio's resort parks, Burr Oak offers a wide array of overnight accommodations with its lodge, cottages and campground. Burr Oak blends modern conveniences with the wilderness spirit of Ohio.

https://www.stateparks.com/burr_oak_state_park_in_ohio.html

Cantwell Cliffs

State Route 374
Logan

740.385.6842

Cantwell Cliffs is located in the northern reaches of Hocking Hills - 17 miles from Old Man's Cave on S.R. 374. Its remote location discourages visitation, but those who travel the extra distance will not be disappointed. Hiking Trails: Rim Trail - 2 miles, Gorge Trail - 1/4 miles Wheelchair Accessible: No Pets Allowed: Yes Waterfalls: No Shelter House: 1 Picnic Tables: No Restrooms: Yes Swimming: No Fishing: No

https://hockinghills.com/cantwell_cliffs.html

Cedar Falls

State Route 374
South Bloomingville

740-385-6842

Cedar Falls itself is the greatest waterfall in terms of volume in the Hocking Hills Region. During late Winter thru early Summer months Queer Creek tumbles over the face of the Blackhand sandstone displaying the awesome force of water power. Hiking Trails: Rim Trail - 3/4 miles, Gorge Trail - 1/2 miles Wheelchair Accessible: No Pets Allowed: Yes Waterfalls: Yes Shelter House: No Picnic Tables: 10 Restrooms: Yes Swimming: No Fishing: No

https://hockinghills.com/cedar_falls.html

Great Seal State Park

4908 Marietta Road
Chillicothe

740-887-4818

Great Seal State Park is dedicated to the wilderness spirit of Ohio. The history of the Shawnee nation and Ohio's early statehood is centered in these rugged hills. These very hills are depicted on the Great Seal of the State of Ohio.

https://www.stateparks.com/great_seal.html

Hocking Hills State Park at Old Man's Cave

19852 State Route 664 South
Logan

740-385-6842

Hocking Hills provides a variety of recreational opportunities in a splendid natural setting. The 2356-acre park has towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep hemlock-shaded gorges to lure the hiker and naturalist and serve as a backdrop to popular facilities and accommodations.

http://www.hockinghillsstatepark.com

Lake Alma State Park

422 Lake Alma Road
Wellston

740-384-4474

Lake Alma State Park features a serene lake and creek, a forested park with campsites, three hiking trails and fishing. In the midst of some of Ohio's most rugged, scenic territory lies Lake Alma State Park. A quiet lake and a gentle creek meandering through a wooded valley providing a restful setting for park visitors.

https://parks.ohiodnr.gov/lakealma

Lake Hope State Park

27331 State Route 278
McArthur

740-596-3030

Lake Hope State Park is truly a nature lover's dream. In the forest-draped hills, the observant visitor can discover the abundant natural resources of this wild and scenic park. A natural paradise, 2983-acre Lake Hope State Park lies entirely within the 26,824-acre Zaleski State Forest in the Big Sandy run. It is a rugged, heavily forested region traversed by steep gorges and narrow ridges.

https://www.stateparks.com/lake_hope_state_park_in_ohio.html

Lake Logan State Park

State Route 278 South
Logan

740-385-6842

One of the best fishing lakes in Ohio awaits sportsmen in Hocking County at Lake Logan State Park. The lake sports northern pike, bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish and saugeye. Lake Logan is a day-use park that provides scenic picnic areas. Hiking Trails: 3/4 miles Wheelchair Accessible: No Pets Allowed: Yes Waterfalls: No Shelter House: No Picnic Tables: 10 Restrooms: Yes Swimming: YesFishing: YesBoat Rentals: Yes

https://hockinghills.com/lake_logan.html

Old Man's Cave

20160 State Route 664 South
Logan

740-385-6841

The most popular of all the Hocking areas is Old Man's Cave, located on State Route 664. Here at the Upper Falls, the Grandma Gatewood Trail begins its six-mile course connecting three of the park's areas. Hiking Trails: Rim Trail - 2 miles, Gorge Trail - 3/4 miles Wheelchair Accessible: No Pets Allowed: Yes Waterfalls: Yes Shelter House: 2 Picnic Tables: 40 Restrooms: Yes Swimming: No Fishing: No

http://www.hockinghillsstatepark.com

Rock House

State Route 374
Logan

740-385-6842

Rock House is unique in the Hocking Hills region, as it is the only true cave in the park. It is a tunnel-like corridor situated midway up a 150-foot cliff of Blackhand sandstone. Hiking Trails: Gorge Trail - 1/4 miles Wheelchair Accessible: No Pets Allowed: Yes Waterfalls: No Shelter House: 2 Picnic Tables: 20 Restrooms: Yes Swimming: No Fishing: No

https://hockinghills.com/rock_house.html

Shawnee State Park

4404 State Route 125
Portsmouth

740-858-6652

Located in the Appalachian foothills near the banks of the Ohio River, Shawnee State Park is nestled in the 60,000-acre Shawnee State Forest. Once the hunting grounds of the Shawnee Indians, the region is one of the most picturesque in the state, featuring erosion-carved valleys and wooded hills. The rugged beauty of the area has earned it the nickname The Little Smokies.

https://stateparks.com/shawnee_state_park_in_ohio.html

Stroud Run State Park

114 East Main Street
Logan

A 900-foot sand beach on the east side of the lake is open during the summer months from sunrise to sunset. Change booths, drinking water and restrooms are available. Scuba diving with proper equipment is permitted.

https://www.stateparks.com/stroud_run.html

Tar Hollow State Park

297 East Main Street
Logan

740-663-2538

Tar Hollow is Ohios third largest state forest, containing 16,354 acres in Ross, Vinton and Hocking Counties, 22 miles of hiking trails, 33 miles of bridle trails, 46 horsecamp sites, grouse management area. Buckeye trail and Logan Trail pass through the forest. Seventeen miles of paved forest roads and 14 miles of gravel forest roads provide a great opportunity for a scenic drive and allow good access to all areas of the forest. Hiking Trails: Yes Pets Allowed: Yes Waterfalls: No Shelter House: 8 Picnic Tables: 40, 4 picnic areasRestrooms: Yes Boating: YesHunting: YesPicnicking:Yes Swimming: Yes Fishing: YesBoat Rentals: YesMountain Biking: YesCamping: YesPlayground and Basketball court. General Store. Miniature golf course, game room with ping pong, air hockey and fooseball.

https://www.stateparks.com/tar_hollow_state_park_in_ohio.html