TripAdvisor has just announced that the Hocking Hills has made the Top Ten of its prestigious list of 25 Travel Destinations with Skyrocketing Interest in 2016. Other destinations in the top ten ranking include Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Glacier National Park in Montana. A destination unlike any other, Ohio’s Hocking Hills boasts spectacular rock formations, carved eons ago by glaciers, which draw visitors from around the globe to the unique region. An easy, scenic drive from most major cities and only an hour from Columbus, Hocking Hills’ gorgeous waterfalls, soaring cliffs and craggy caves guarantee a relaxing, peaceful escape from the pandemonium of life.
No visit to the area is complete without a hike to Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Conkle's Hollow or Cedar Falls, no matter what time of year it is. Visitors enjoy the lush, mossy greenery of the Hills in the summer, as well as the picturesque snow-capped trees and magnificent ice formations in the wintertime. This winter, there's no more magical way to step away from hectic holiday hustle than a moonlight stroll back into majestic Ash Cave. Held Dec. 10 from 5-7 p.m., the annual event treats visitors to the warm glow of a cozy fire and refreshments. Carolers dressed in period costume sing songs that reverberate in grand fashion, thanks to Ash Cave’s natural amphitheater contour. A visit with an old-fashioned Santa and helping decorate a Christmas tree with treats for wildlife make the experience truly unforgettable for young travelers.
Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio's Hocking Hills region offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of free activities. Unique gift and antique shops, artists' studios and hands-on activities add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns. Complete traveler information, including lodging, is available at www.ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).