10,000 Reasons Why you Need to Visit this Ohio Leaf Peeping Spot this Fall

Rose Lake in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Photo Credit: Amy Weirick

If you’re looking for reasons to visit Ohio this autumn, leaf peeping should be at the top of your list. And, when it comes to Ohio leaf peeping, it’s an hour south of Columbus to an outdoor-lover’s dream location. From cavernous hikes to inspiring views, Hocking Hills is the place to be for autumn leaf peeping. 10,000 Reasons to Visit Hocking Hills in Fall When it comes to unbroken forest, Hocking Hills, Ohio has 10,000 acres of it! There’s cool lodging options including sleeping in a restored caboose near Ash…

Fairy Tale Travel: Glenlaurel: A Scottish Inn and Cottages

Glenlaurel mantle

There’s wonderful places to travel and then there’s WONDERFUL places to travel. A recent visit to Glenlaurel: A Scottish Inn and Cottages in Hocking Hills, Ohio, let us realize there’s so much more to the outdoorsy area than just being outdoorsy. There’s creative dining, gorgeous accommodations, and even spots that make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a children’s book. And what a fairy tale we have to tell. Disclosure: I was hosted by Glenlaurel: A Scottish Inn and Cottages and Select Registry to give you fine folks the scoop on what…

This is not Cedar Falls

...it is Cedar Falls's neighbor

If you have ever talked to anyone who has been to the great big national parks in the western U.S., they will have undoubtedly told you that the pictures that you are now looking at, that they were somehow unnaturally compelled to show you, though dumbfoundingly beautiful, no, downright stunning, are not a fair representation of the the subject at hand. No, as glorious as the images are they simple have no sense of justice. To be perfectly truthful, the sheer cheek, the irrefutable sense of impropriety of these pictures…

Old Man’s Cave: The Story Behind the Name

Old Man's Cave Upper Falls

As a gal that likes to research, I looked up Old Man’s Cave on the internet to find out more about it before we headed to Hocking Hills. There are many fables, stories, and legends that surround the naming of the cave and I, a travel writer that wanted to know the truth behind the legend, was excited to have the pleasure of meeting Naturalist Pat from Hocking Hills State Park on a recent visit to the area. Just as we were heading down the trail to Old Man’s Cave,…

Hocking Hills Rustic Luxury: Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls TreeHouse

I was hosted by Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls and Select Registry to give you fine folks the scoop on what makes the Inn so incredible for folks visiting Hocking Hills. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and all opinions are my own! I’ll give you one word to describe Hocking Hills: luxury. Bet you didn’t see that coming. If you know about Hocking Hills, you know about the beauty of the area. If you don’t know about it, get thee to Hocking Hills immediately. Hocking…

Seven Places You Won’t Believe Exist in Ohio

Think about every movie or television show you’ve seen. Now, think about how many of the characters hail from Ohio. Maybe it’s because we live in Ohio and always catch the reference to the Buckeye State, but it’s a very common scenario. Leave it to Beaver ‘s very own Ward Cleaver was a farmer’s son hailing from Shaker Heights, Ohio. “Laughing Sal” in The Godfather Returns was born in Cleveland, Ohio. The Professor from Gilligan’s Island? Cleveland as well. There’s hundreds of references to Ohio in film and print when you really…

Caves Worthy of a Hike in Hocking Hills

Two separate trips to Hocking Hills. Two separate visits to two separate caves, each one as beautiful as the other in its own way. Both have waterfalls when it’s rained, both have picturesque views worthy of framing. Both have hiking and walking trails surrounding each. If you’ve never visited, here’s the scoop on what makes Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave worthy of a visit and why you need to make a visit to each. Ash Cave On our very first visit to Ash Cave, we couldn’t have picked a more…

Sunday Snapshots: Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio #SundaySnapshot

In your travels, have you ever visited a spot that had so much hype from the locals that you felt like there was no way it could live up to its publicity? Before we visited Hocking Hills in Ohio, that’s exactly what I thought of Old Man’s Cave- until I visited myself! Old Man’s Cave is the perfect example of nature at its finest, and Hocking Hills State Park gets the privilege of being its home. This shot was taken during our hike through the Upper Falls/Upper Gorge area and…

Rocking and Rappelling in The Hocking Hills

This summer was definitely a summer of testing our limits. Adding to our adrenaline-junkie fire was an adventure in cliff climbing and rappelling with Hocking Hills Adventure Trek in Hocking Hills, Ohio. The fam and I had a blast climbing up large, carved-out rocks and rappelling down beginner areas of Hocking State Forest. We met the company in the Hocking Hills Forest Rock Climbing and Rappelling area parking lot. There’s really no actual address for the parking lot on Big Pine Rd., but we had no problem finding it. The…

A Hike to Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio

As an Ohio resident, I have tons of acquaintances that have been or are planning to visit Hocking Hills, Ohio. Hocking Hills is actually an area of quaint towns around an hour south of Columbus that have nature and outdoor activities in the forefront. Hiking, walking, ziplining, cliff climbing, and rappelling are everyday occurrences and we happily participated in all of them. If you ask folks that have been to Hocking Hills what’s the first place you must visit, the answer is always the same: Old Man’s Cave. When I…