Hocking State Forest


About 300 million years ago, rivers flowed into a shallow sea covering what we now call Ohio. Over time, the land rose and streams cut through rock to create waterfalls and canyons. At the 9,600-acre Hocking State Forest—which borders parts of Hocking Hills State Park, and includes three state nature preserves—you'll find high sandstone cliffs and a creek that runs through a forest of trees that are 400 to 500 years old.

Hocking State Forest is the only state-approved rock climbing and rappelling area in the county, with 99 acres set aside for these sports. (Climbing is only permitted in these designated areas.) In addition, there are three hiking trails totaling 59 miles and 40 miles of bridle trails; campsites are restricted to registered horseback riders. A stretch of Ohio's 1,400-mile Buckeye Trail passes through the state forest, running along the southern face of sandstone cliffs.


19275 State Rte. 374
Rockbridge, Ohio 43149


39.45572600, -82.57771400
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(740) 385-4402

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