Hocking Hills State Park RV & Campground Guide

Ohio

You might not think of southeastern Ohio as scenic destination for rocky cliffs and waterfalls -- or, to be completely honest, as a destination at all. But Hocking Hills State Park might just change your mind about all that; the park protects a landscape so unique and special, it’s won national acclaim as a top spot to visit.

Located just an hour southeast of Columbus, Hocking Hills State Park boasts more than 25 miles of hiking trails, many of which wend their way past breathtaking rock formations, mysterious cave recesses, and tumbling waterfalls. It also offers about 200 campsites, many of which have electrical hookups, as well as flush toilets, hot showers, vending machines, a camp store, a pool, and lots of other amenities.

A trip to Hocking Hills State Park is the perfect way to hit the reset button for Ohioans and out-of-state visitors alike. Here’s what you need to know to make the most out of your upcoming adventure!

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Weather
Spring 27-72 F
Summer 58-83 F
Fall 29-76 F
Winter 17-42 F
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Nearby Cities
Logan, Ohio
Nelsonville, Ohio
Athens, Ohio
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills State Park features fairly luxurious camping accommodations right by the famous Old Man’s Cave, including RV sites with full hookups offering 50-amp electric service. However, with more than 4 million visitors crowding the park each year, even a generous campground fills up quickly -- which is why we’ve put together some other area options for you to consider below.

Psst: if you’re still on that tent camping level, might we suggest that this trip is the time to upgrade to a motorhome or travel trailer? Don’t get us wrong, we love sleeping under the stars as much as anyone else… we just prefer to do it with a real mattress and pillow. (What can we say? Sleeping bags lose some of their appeal as you get older.)

If you don’t own an RV of your own, don’t worry. There are thousands of well-kept, cozy rigs to choose from available on the peer-to-peer market at RVshare. When you source your RV rental from a trusted private owner, you’re putting money right back into the camping community -- and funding future adventures!

Hocking Hills Jellystone Park

The Jellystone family of campground-resorts continues to be an RVshare favorite, and fortunately enough, there’s one located conveniently to Hocking Hills State Park! With an unparalleled array of fun family activities including a swimming pool, game room, private fishing lake and more, one visit to Hocking Hills Jellystone Park will prove that Yogi Bear knows his stuff when it comes to camping.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: Sites equipped with fire rings and picnic tables; campground store with groceries and firewood; fishing lake with rental boats; playground and disc golf course

Logan/Hocking Hills KOA

It might be the best-known name in camping for a reason. The Logan/Hocking Hills KOA comes with all the modern amenities you expect when you stay at America’s favorite campground; plus, they offer premium, full-hookup pull-through sites that are equipped with concrete pads, patio furniture, a Weber gas grill, and a deluxe fire pit. All you have to do is pull in and light ‘er up! 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: On-site camp store and rock shop, coffee shop, firewood and propane sales, heated swimming pool, activity room with board games, playground and athletic fields, Sunday church service

Top O’ the Caves Campground

With both luxurious rental cabins and generous RV campsites, Top O’ the Caves Campground is a popular resort for those who didn’t quite make the cut to get into the actual state park campground. It’s located within walking distance of many of the park’s most popular attractions, and with full hookup sites starting at just $46 nightly, its rates are affordable to boot. (Partial hookups and dry camping also available.)

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: n/a
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: Gift shop, swimming pool, arcade, playground, fishing pond

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What to Do at
Hocking Hills State Park

Inside Hocking Hills State Park

Although it would be hard to have a bad time at Hocking Hills State Park even if you did nothing but sit back and bask in the scenery, there are plenty of outdoor recreational activities that keep visitors busy all year round. Here are a few of the most popular.

Hiking and nature walks - The state park’s 25+ miles of hiking trails are open year-round, offering stunning viewpoints to explorers on foot, cross-country ski or snowshoe. Trail features include waterfalls, wildflowers, caves, and more -- there’s even a swinging bridge on a trail halfway between Cedar Falls and Old Man’s Cave, two of the park’s most beloved attractions.

Hunting and fishing - Properly-licensed hunters and fisherfolk are welcome to catch themselves some dinner inside the state park’s boundaries. Rose Lake’s 17 acres are populated by Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Rainbow Trout, and hunters stalk everything from deer to wild turkey.

Archery and disc golf ranges are available to those looking to sharpen their hand-eye coordination.

Winter sports are popular when Jack Frost blows his white breath over the landscape; ice fishing is common and an annual winter hike is held each January.

Outside Hocking Hills State Park

There’s certainly more than enough to keep any visitor busy at Hocking Hills State Park. But there’s also plenty to see, do, and explore in the greater southeastern Ohio area, thanks in part to its proximity to the college towns of Athens and Columbus.

Restaurants

You need fuel to keep you powering through all those Hocking Hills State Park adventures! Here’s where to grab a bite while you’re in the area.

JimBo’s Burgers and Beer

JimBo’s Burgers and Beer is a classic stop on the way into or out of the park, located just up the road from the entry gate on State Route 56. The fare is simple but delicious, as advertised; you can also pick up some ice for the campsite while you’re at it!

Type: Burgers

Location: Benton Township, Ohio

Kindred Spirits at the Cedar Falls Inn & Spa

Kindred Spirits at the Cedar Falls Inn & Spa is the place to go if you’re looking for an elegant, upscale experience. With a noteworthy wine list, intimate atmosphere, and fresh, local ingredients, it’s perfect for a romantic night out -- and there’s also an outdoor seating area open seasonally.

Type: Upscale

Location: Logan, Ohio

Casa Nueva

Casa Nueva offers, as its name suggests, a new, forward-thinking approach to casual dining. Not only is its menu of modernized Mexican favorites delicious and nutritious, but it’s also invested in treating its employees like family. In fact, Casa Nueva is a totally worker-owned co-op, and it pays a living wage, so tips aren’t required. But no matter what you order, don’t skip out on a house margarita -- easily the best in a 100-square mile radius.

Type: Mexican

Location: Athens, Ohio

Shopping

Forget something? Just in the mood to splurge? Here’s where to head if your money’s burning a hole in your pocket.

The Book Loft of German Village

The Book Loft of German Village is the kind of bookstore worth stopping into, even if you’re no bibliophile. With over 30 rooms of books available at bargain prices and a rotating calendar of literary events, it’s well worth the drive into Columbus.

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Misty Ridge Gifts and Collectibles

Misty Ridge Gifts and Collectibles offers a wide selection of locally-crafted goodies right beside the park proper, whether you’re looking for antiques and jewelry or snacks and take-home-able gourmet items. They even have a range of hummingbird feeders!

Location: Location: South Bloomingville, Ohio

Sightseeing

Think you’ve got lots of sights to see inside the park? Well, you’d best expand your horizons. There’s plenty to see outside its boundaries, too!

John Glenn Astronomy Park

John Glenn Astronomy Park, named for one of the most famous astronauts of our time, offers a wide array of events and activities meant to educate and inform visitors -- all while being fun at the same time. For example, during the 2019 summer solstice, the venue will host 24 guitarists playing The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” and for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, they’ll recount, second by second, the events as they happened exactly half a century ago. There’s also a large telescope and observatory so you can see the night sky first hand. Southeastern Ohio has some of the darkest skies in the area, so take advantage of them!

Location: Logan, Ohio

The Ridges

The Ridges, which was once known as the Athens Lunatic Asylum, offers both beautiful nature walking trails and a potentially-creepy spot to visit, particularly if you’re into hauntings. With its storied history, it’s supposed to be home to several ghostly residents… but since parts of the property have been repurposed for art exhibits, it’s great for a daytime visit, too.

Location: Athens, Ohio

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How to Get to
Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills State Park is centrally located to many southeastern Ohio towns, and is only an hour outside of Columbus via US-33. To find the park, navigate to the following address on your GPS or navigational system:

19852 State Route 664 S

Logan, Ohio 43138

Entering Hocking Hills State Park

Ohio is unique in that it offers free entrance to all of its state parks, Hocking Hills included! There are, however, fees for using certain facilities such as campsites.

No matter which state park(s) you end up traveling to this year, and whether or not you go exploring in an RVshare camper, we can’t wait to learn more about your adventures -- and possibly share them with our readers! Tag us in your social media posts or send details to us directly at [email protected]. We’ll choose certain stories to post on our blog, Facebook, or Instagram. Happy camping!