Hocking Hills State Park covers a total area of 2,356 acres of land and 17 acres of water near Columbus, which is the capital city of the state of Ohio. To get to the park, just travel one hour southeast of Columbus, which is in the southeast section of the state.
The topography of Hocking Hills State Park is quite varied and is comprised of deep hemlock-shaded gorges, waterfalls, towering cliffs, and impressive rock formations. The park is noncontiguous and a part of the Hocking Hills region of Hocking County in Ohio. Hocking State Forest is, however, contiguous with the Hocking State Forest. The park consists of seven different sections including Cantwell Cliffs, Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, Old Man's Cave, Conkle's Hollow, Whispering Cave, and Rock House. These different sections have distinct features that can draw the attention of nature enthusiasts including water shelters, large waterfalls, narrow gorges, deep gorges, cliff areas, and so on.
Besides the natural splendor of the park, Hocking Hills State Park is also popular for various other reasons including camping, picnicking, nature programs, hunting, fishing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, canopy tours, air tours, train rides, rock climbing, rappelling, bird watching, archery, and ice fishing. Weddings are also popularly held at the park. The park offers several useful amenities to facilitate all the different activities mentioned above.
Another interest that many people have is having fun, exercise, or relaxation with their dogs at the park. Dogs of all sizes can gain entrance at no additional cost and there is, therefore, no need to leave your furry friend behind. Some of the rules that you must observe if you bring your dog to the park include the following. First, your dog must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet long. You must also avoid any areas of the park that are not designated as pet-friendly areas. Also, if you choose to camp at the park, be aware that you are only allowed a maximum of two pets per campsite.