There are seven major hiking areas in Hocking Hills State Park -  Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, and Hemlock Bridge Trail leading to Whispering Cave. Each of these park areas offers a unique experience for those who walk its paths no matter what season (the park is open year around from dawn to dusk). Located in the southern edge of Hocking County,

All trails are open dawn to dusk all year long. Hikers must remain on designated trails. There is no swimming or walking in the waterfalls or creeks. Dogs must remain on a leash at all times (no pets allowed in Conkle's Hollow, a nature preserve).

Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park - 16526 Ohio 374, Laurelville, OH 43135 GPS Tracking: 39.495240, -82.615252

In the early 1900's, a hotel was once located near the shelter house at the entrance of Rock House. A 1/4 mile trail leads to an opening in a cliff face with gothic-like windows and awesome views. Look for small recesses in the back wall of Rock House that were used as baking ovens for Native Americans staying in the cave. Troughs in the floor were believed to be used to catch water.


The Rock House trail is about a 1/2 mile long and takes 30 to 45 minutes to traverse.

 

Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park Old Rock House Inn

The property around the shelter house at Rock House was once a popular resort inn called The Rock House.

Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park Day Use Shelter


Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park

The trail to Rock House.


 

Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park

The park is open from dawn to dusk. Hikers must stay on the trails. Legends have long been spoken that the cave was used as a hideout by thieves who roamed the roadways around the region, stealing from those who traveled.


Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park

The cave has long been known to house Native Indians and settlers alike.


Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park

There are rock steps and a meandering trail.


Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park

The park is one of the most remote.


Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park

The trail has steps and rock formations.


Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park

As with all areas with cliffs, please keep a close eye on children.


 

 

 

Hocking Hills State Park Map

 

Rockhouse State Park Map