Top 5 Hikes and Drives in Hocking Hills

Discover the vibrant colors of fall with these hikes and drives in Hocking Hills. The entire southeastern region of Ohio offers many unique hiking trails along with driving tours for those looking for a bit more excitement. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite hiking and walking trails as well as scenic drives to catch the colors!

The Hocking Hills attracts both bicyclists and hikers alike. With so many choices, it’s not where you want to go, but how many times can you come back and explore everything! The Hocking Hills State Park has a bike path with less than five miles of trails and Lake Hope has over 20 miles of single-track trails to explore.

Rockbridge State Nature Preserve

One of my all-time favorite trails is Rockbridge State Nature Preserve, which is located on Dalton Road and home to Ohio’s largest natural rock bridge. It’s a bit tricky to find, but once you’ve located it—you’ll be glad you did. The Rockbridge Nature Bridge originated millions of years ago when Ohio was under a warm island sea. Stop and see it for yourself!

Hocking Hills Road Tour

Another incredible thing to do is to get out and drive the gorgeous and scenic area. The Hocking Hills Road Tour, recognized by Car and Driver Magazine, is a loop through the hills via state routes 664, 374, and 56, around the state park system and is less than 14 miles, but sure to get your hackles up!

We are also lucky enough to have parts of the Hocking Hills identified by the Ohio Scenic Byway as natural and recreational—qualities that are perfect descriptive elements of the region.

Whatever activity you decide to do, enjoy your visit to Hocking Hills and try to find time to come visit one of our rooms at Glenlaurel—especially if you are hoping to catch the fall foliage at its peak!