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How Much Does it Cost to Get Into Hocking Hills?

Updated: Jan 8

Travelers often ask if there is a fee to get into Hocking Hills State Park. We’ll get to that in a minute but, how much money could it really cost to spend a couple of nights and explore the Hocking Hills region with a family. We’ll assume that you are driving into the region so we won’t get into airfare or car rental. But, you will want to know about lodging, food, local attractions and what stores are available for supplies. Let’s Get Started!



While we go through the costs of a weekend in Hocking Hills we look forward to sharing with you views from our hikes. Below the photos you'll find links to more details about each of these hikes.


There’s no better place to start than answering the question:


Is There a Fee to Get Into Hocking Hills State Park?


Hocking Hills State Park is free to get into and free to park. In fact all Ohio State Parks and nature preserves are free for day use. Start to get excited about hiking to Old Man’s Cave, Rock House, and Ash Cave where indigenous people and early settlers actually lived and called home. There are six regions in Hocking Hills each with marque hikes and they are all free to the public. But there is a fee to camp in the Hocking Hills State Park Campground. So,


Here are some views from Old Man's Cave. We have more photos and details about Old Man's Cave Here in this post


Where is the Best Place to Camp in Hocking Hills?


We’ve found a few options to camp in Hocking Hills. When doing our research we chose and now recommend Campbell Cove Campround in Logan Ohio. This is a great place to tent camp on Lake Logan or bring in your RV to camp in their full hookup campsites. For those that would rather have a cottage they have those for rent, too. But, if you are looking for a little more Hocking Hills Tiny Houses is located on the property. Campbell Cove is our choice because they have modern full hookup campsites, private bathrooms with showers, a swimming pond, large playground, arcade, convenience store, unique mini golf course, fishing on Lake Logan and more. They even have Oasis Coffee Shop which is a chic coffee establishment brewing out of an airstream trailer. Tent sites run under $50 per night, RV sites run in the $80-$90 range, Cabins are about $100 per night, you can even rent an RV for $150 per night. The tiny houses are more expensive between $100-$300 per night depending on the day and house you choose. For full details on Campbell Cove Campground in Logan Ohio read this post.  


Views from Campbell Cove Campground

Does Hocking Hills State Park have a Campground?


Hocking Hills State Park Campground is great for those that don’t mind fewer amenities. Electric sites run under $40 per night in the Summer. The advantage to this campground is that it is on Old Man’s Cave Trail so you can hike into the park any time you want. The campground is spartan and there is no sewer or water hookups at the campsites. But, a dump station with fresh water fill is available.

The above bridge connect the campground to Old Man's Cave and the Visitor's center.


Is there a KOA in Hocking Hills?


Hocking Hills KOA is another great camping experience but it comes at a cost. They have what you would expect with a KOA including a swimming pool, playground, Kamp K9, an RC car track, horseshoes, and yard games. They also have a laundry room, Full Hookup Sites, and clean modern restrooms. RV sites run $150 for full hookup up to 40 feet long down to $70 per night for the smallest sites with electric hookup only. Tent sites are between $50 and $70 per night. If you would rather rent a cottage these run anywhere from $120-$400 per night depending on the quality of the accommodations.



What is There to do in Hocking Hills Besides Hiking?


The Hocking Hills Region is full of great vacation options. From ziplining Canopy tours to restaurants and bars, miniature golf, horseback riding, laser tag, spas and the John Glen astronomy park there is something for everyone.




Views of Conkle's Hollow are above. Read More about Conkle's Hollow Here.



Does Hocking Hills Have a Zipline?


Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is has a variety of zip lines. From simple, to casual to exhilarating! The original canopy tour runs about $100 per person and includes over 10 zip lines creating a unique 2.5 to 3 hour tour through forest along the hocking river. If you’re lucky you might even see deer like we did! The X-tour also has over 10 zip lines and is more extreme than the original canopy tour. This tour runs about $110 per person. But if you are looking for a zip line that accelerates your heart at over 50 miles per hour the SuperZip is yours for $35 for one trip or take multiple trips to reduce the cost per trip per person. The Super Zip travels through the forest and right over the middle of the Hocking River.


Here are some views from the Canopy tour we took


Does Hocking Hills Have Horse Trails?


Yes, Hocking Hills is one of the most popular riding destinations in Ohio. The Hocking State Forest Trail system https://ohiodnr.gov/static/documents/forestry/maps/hocking_bridle.pdf includes over 40 miles of trails for horseback riding. There are 8 trails that travel through conkle’s hollow, up to Rock house and waterfalls and rock features unknown to most hikers. We’ve toured with our horses using the Vacation Vaquera as our trail guide. You can find her on Facebook or phone and her details are here https://www.explorehockinghills.com/things-to-do/horseback-riding/the-vacation-vaquera/ If you don’t have your horse guided horseback rides are available for beginners and experts starting at $50. Here is a good resource to get started: https://www.explorehockinghills.com/things-to-do/horseback-riding/


Photos from Ash Caveare above. Read more about Ash Cave here 


Does Hocking Hills Have Food?


Restaurants are surprisingly hard to find. But that is part of the charm to Hocking Hills. With the Rolling hills and forested landscape Restaurants and bars are scattered throughout the area. You’ll generally find American fare with Barbeques with pulled pork and brisket, Grilles with burgers, sandwiches and wraps, and pizza. If you are looking for finer cuisine consider kindred spirits at the inn at cedar falls. Here you will find seafood, steaks, and vegetarian dishes. but, if you want a great place to relax unwind and drink a cold beer head to the Home Tavern in Logan. This is a bar you would expect to find back home but it has a full menu with subs, burgers, mexican, seafood, and appetizers. They also serve a full breakfast menu for those that want omellettes, biscuits and gravy, french toast, and pancakes. Prices for all of these restaurants are reasonable and what you would expect for the rural Great Lakes region.


Above are photos from Cedar Falls. For complete details on this hike read about Cedar Falls here with this post 


Where Can you find Groceries and supplies in Hocking Hills?


Most people shop the craft and souvenir boutiques throughout the region. Stop in to any of those and expect a unique experience. If you are looking for groceries and supplies head to Logan Ohio for everything you need. Here you will find a WalMart, Kroger, Weaver’s market and Deli, hardware stores, and automotive retail. So, you can shop on a budget like you would if you were at home and spend a little on gifts and souvenirs at the many local shops.


Above are pictures from Rock House Trail. To read more about Rock House read this next: What Is the Only True Cave in Hocking Hills - Rock House 


What are Other Places to Stay in Hocking Hills?


There are a few chain hotels in Logan Ohio near Hocking Hills like Holiday Inn and MainStay Suites for just over $100 per night, but you can also stay at the Hocking Hills State Park Lodge for $170 per night and be in Hocking Hills State Park. But, if you are looking for something unique Hocking Hills is full of AirBNB and VRBOs that are a destination all their own. You can stay in a cave, tree houses, grain silos and more. The prices for these are as much as you want to spend. The lowest price we found was just under $200 per night and we quit looking for the highest price at about $2,000 per night with indoor pools and 11,000 square feet luxury log cabins. The sky is the limit!


These photos are from Cantwell Cliffs. Click here to read more about Cantwell Cliffs and viewed by many as the most difficult hike in Hocking Hills.


We hope this give you a great summary of what you could spend during your stay in Hocking Hills. If you want to learn more about the many hikes in Hocking Hills check out these posts next.


If you want to learn about the hikes in Hocking Hills this video will tell you all about them!





Views of Conkle's Hollow are above. Read More about Conkle's Hollow Here.


Here are amazon links to the gear we used in Hocking Hills.


Teton Sports Hydration Pack Video Review: https://youtu.be/KEBrYwp8RQk 

Amazon Link: 2021 model https://amzn.to/3SnKcGR 


Camelbak Mini M.U.L.E hydration backpack Video Review for younger hikers: https://youtu.be/WbRgZr6C20g 


Merrell Moab II Men's Hiking Shoes: https://amzn.to/3Ardw8k 

The First Aid Kit we carry: https://amzn.to/3Lcvu2h 

Trekking Poles: https://amzn.to/3DHj54L 

Tactical Flashlights: https://amzn.to/3QLY25T 


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