Ever wonder if there is still a place where people talk instead of text, spend less time with their inbox, more time with their tackle box and follow tweets coming from the sky instead of a screen? There is such a place and it is closer than you think. Come to the Hocking Hills of Ohio where facebook means relaxing with your face in an actual book.
Imagine a place where you can re-connect with your family and friends or just you and that special someone. You're lounging on the deck, in the hot tub or around the campfire, completely relaxed and laughing as stories of the day linger in the evening air. It's guaranteed to be one of those moments you'll wish will never end and it doesn't have to because there is so much to experience in Ohio's Hocking Hills.
Mother Nature out did herself when she created the Hocking Hills and for millions of years her artistry has been on display for all to see. From the moment you enter these lush, rolling hills, you sense that you've arrived someplace remarkable. The scenery is simply dazzling. Deep craggy gorges carry hikers down hundreds of feet along gorgeous scenic trails. Waterfalls cascade over soaring ledges.
More than 10,000 acres of breathtaking unbroken forests provide the ideal destination for the ultimate eco-adventure vacation. Ohio's Hocking Hills region is world renowned for incredible hiking. But that's just the beginning.
Indulge your adventurous soul in rock climbing and repelling. Get up close and personal with wildlife on a guided kayak tour. Canoe under a full moon and discover the magic of the Hocking River in twilight. Fly through the tree canopy on the Midwest’s premiere Zipline adventure. Explore the region by horseback and see the paths less traveled. Drop a line for the catch of the day in one of Ohio’s best fishing lakes, Lake Logan.
Take a ride on the same road Ford tests their Mustangs. After enjoying the country roads on your Harley, relax with a cold one and live music at Bike Night, Tuesdays from mid-May through mid-September. And, don’t miss the Hocking Hills Poker Run in May and the Annual Labor Day Weekend Motorcycle Rodeo.
See if you have a budding pro golfer with a round of golf at one of the most beautiful and challenging 18-hole miniature golf courses in American. Make new four-legged friends at Ruby’s Petting Zoo. Try your luck gem mining for a little bit of natural bling.
Get in touch with your inner artist. Learn stained glass techniques at the hands of a master. Have fun learning to melt glass while making your own glass beads and charms for bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Preserve all your vacation memories in scrapbooks at cropping events every Friday and Saturday evening and create a candle with your custom selected fragrances.
Do you have what it takes to be the next “Food Network Star”? Refine your skills with cooking and baking classes. From French cuisine to Holiday cookies, expert chefs share their culinary talents in hands-on classes.
Wonderful boutiques, antique shops, farm stands and flea markets dot the landscape. Artists flock to the Hills for natural inspiration. Sculptors, potters, painters, glass blowers, wood carvers, furniture makers and others will help you bring a little bit of the Hocking Hills home with you.
Legends and up and coming musicians headline the Nelsonville Music Festival. Revelers dance in the streets at the Annual Washboard Music Festival every June. Flower lovers marvel at the gardens of Lilyfest in July. Southeast Ohio’s version of Woodstock is Rootwire Music & Art Festival in August. Test your endurance at the Indian Run in September and Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Color Hike each October.
Families and friends gather around campsites, in cozy cabins and vacation homes. Couples rekindle the flame in romantic inns. Girlfriends meet to indulge in gourmet cuisine and spa treatments. And don't forget your four-legged friends. They are welcome in the Hocking Hills too.
Sure, you can get online if you absolutely must but there's no need for electronic leashes here. Why settle for a virtual vacation when the real thing is so close to home and a million miles from ho-hum.
April 15 – 17, 2011 – Shoot the Hills Photography Contest
May 13 – 15, 2011 – Nelsonville Music Festival
May 26 - 30, 2011 - Moonshine Festival, New Straitsville
June 16 - 18, 2011 - Washboard Music Festival, Historic Downtown Logan
July 8 - 10, 2011 - Lilyfest at Bishop Educational Gardens, Rockbridge
August 4 - 7, 2011 - Rootwire II Music & Art Festival, Kaeppner's Woods, Logan
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