Hocking Hills State Park - Logan, Ohio (July 2009)

Hocking Hills State Park – Logan, Ohio (July 2009)

My latestTITAN USA road tripwas relatively short compared to most that I have completed over the past few years. One of the stops was in Logan, Ohio a small town in the southern Hocking Hills region of the state. The town is relatively small that has yet to be fully taken over by the typical US box stores and restaurant chains (although there is a spot on the highway with a Walmart, so I assume that others will follow).

Small water falls at Hocking Hills Park

In this area they boast about the national parks, geology and history, such as found within Hocking Hills State Park.

Within the Hocking Hills park are several spectacular features based around rock formations, including Old Man’s Cave (a narrow, deep gorge, with many waterfalls), Cantwell Cliffs (a broad gorge at the head of a hollow with a unique stone stairway) and Ash Cave / Cedar Falls (large rock caves with water falls.

The deep gorges and high cliffs result from the erosion-resistant “Blackhand Sandstone” that extends well in to the north east of Hocking Hills. There are an abundant amount of uncommon and even rare plants, including plants that are outside their normal range. Like most State Parks this one has an abundant amount of visitors that stay at many of the almost 200 various campsites in the area.

Like most of my TITAN road trips, I cover a broad geography in a short time, off witch does not allow much time to fully explore. However judging from what little time I was able to spend here, I thought it was a pretty scenic area, very rural or back country style with several scenic nature trails allowing a person to step back from the everyday hustle and bustle (The geology is always a bonus too).

Certainly worth a stop if you are ever in this area and perhaps I will come back here some day to do some camping and hiking myself.