Ohio's Hocking Hills
- Start: Rockbridge, Ohio
- End: Lancaster, Ohio
- Last Modified: 2013-08-16 22:11:54
- Total Mileage: 107 Miles
- Number of stops: 18
An hour southeast of Columbus, Route 33 winds up and down along S-curves through the Hocking Hills, where ancient sandstone long ago eroded into a unique wooded landscape of hollows, gorges, and caves. Looping back is Route 56, another stretch so curvaceous that Ford Motor Company has used it as a test road. Along both routes you’ll find plenty of small town Americana; state park trails that pass waterfalls and recess caves; and historic inns and contemporary restaurants, where you can bunk in cozy cabins and feast on farm-to-table food---like a modern pioneer.
Although this road trip starts south of Columbus and stops just shy of Athens before heading northward again, consider spending time in both communities. The capital has an interesting mix of chic boutiques, sophisticated restaurants and nightspots, Ohio State University hangouts, and charming historical districts. Athens, home to Ohio University, is smaller in scale but also has the cultural offerings and vibe you’d expect of a college town.
South Bloomingville, Ohio