Every autumn in the Hocking Hills region of Southeastern Ohio, the landscape lights up with brilliant colors of reds, oranges, and yellows, making it the perfect time to be outdoors amongst the changing of the seasons. Immerse yourself in the beauty by taking one of these fall hikes in Hocking Hills and see why this area has a reputation for some of the best fall colors around.
When to go
While the peak viewing time can vary, it is a safe bet that around mid-October is when the fall colors are at their best. To time it just right, be sure to use the weekly report on Ohio fall foliage updates that begin the last week of September.
Discover more on how to enjoy Hocking Hills in the fall.
Best known for its amazing overlooks, Cantwell Cliffs is found in the northern area of Hocking Hills and is known for its deep valleys, high cliffs, and rock shelter. Considered to be the most picturesque in Hocking County, the trail winds its way through narrow passages that lead to the valley floor or the rim, where you can enjoy commanding views of the rock shelter and cliffs.
Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls
Challenge yourself with the six-mile stretch of trail from Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls and back. Enjoy fall colors, cliff overlooks, rock formations, and waterfalls. Hike the trail on your own or take the guided tour with a naturalist from Hocking Hills State Park.
For a quick hike that offers plenty of scenery, check out Cedar Falls. As one of the more popular fall hikes in Hocking Hills, Cedar Falls features larger-than-life hemlocks, a stunning waterfall, and dramatic cliffs.
Conkle’s Hollow Upper Trail
Conkle’s Hollow is a rugged, rocky gorge, one of the deepest in Ohio. To reach Conkle’s Hollow, challenge yourself with the rim trail on top of the cliffs that circle the gorge. From here, you will enjoy vista views of fall colors. The loop is a little over two miles. Start on the left side to save the overlooks until the end.
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Valley View Cabins
Of course, one of the best fall hikes in Hocking Hills is taking a walk around the property at Valley View Cabins. Resting on 320 wooded acres, guests have direct access to the beautiful landscape of Hocking Hills and nearby trails to help you explore. For an easy hike that can be done right from the property, take the trail to Rock Stull Nature Preserve, just one mile from us. This quick hike brings you to a waterfall and colorful fall foliage.
Or simply step outside your cabin and be instantly immersed in fall colors and beautiful scenery. Choose from 14 fully equipped cabins, ranging in size from two-person cabins to cabins sleeping up to 20 people. Each cabin sits on its own private two to a five-acre lot, for guaranteed privacy and scenic views.
Start planning your fall getaway to Hocking Hills and book your stay with Valley View Cabins!