Girls’ Weekend in Hocking Hills

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It started three years ago when my girlfriends and I decided to plan an annual trip to Hocking Hills. Hocking Hills is a beautiful state park with over twenty-five miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, rock formations, and caves. It is super convenient to cities nearby, such as Lancaster, Athens, and Columbus! We knew the location was perfect for us as it is a short drive from our home base in Columbus.

When planning a girls’ weekend, it is important to consider how much time you want to explore and how much time you want to relax and recharge. That is one of the many reasons we love Hocking Hills. It has something for everyone!

Here are some ideas of what to do during a girl’s weekend at Hocking Hills.

Hocking Hill’s Market: We had a lot of fun shopping at this market. They have everything from lawn art to antiques, home decor, ice cream, fudge and coffee. You may even find something unique at the weekend flea market here!

Hocking Hills Winery: After a morning of hiking, we relaxed at the Hocking Hills Winery.    We settled on small plates and enjoyed quality wine. Then, we took a seat outdoors, overlooking the beautiful scenery. Be sure to check out Friday and Saturday nights for live music.

winery at Hocking Hills

Hocking Hills Serenity Salt Cave: This is the only salt cave in Logan, Ohio. They use Halotherapy with the powerful use of salt from the Himalayas. Just forty-five minutes of salt therapy is equivalent to 2-3 days of breathing in the salt air at the beach. We booked a Halotherapy Session and found ourselves refreshed after just forty-five minutes. You can book an appointment at the Zen Den or Salt Cave.

salt cave

Hiking: Experience natural beauty at its best by hiking through Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, Rock House, Old Man’s Cave and much more. We decided to hike Conkle’s Hollow one morning. This beautiful, rocky, rugged gorge is truly mystical. We hiked the lower trail which is about three fourths of a mile. Ash Cave is another favorite. We enjoyed the natural cavern with a waterfall surrounded by hiking trails. Bring packed lunches and enjoy a picnic.

hiking at Hocking Hills

Lake Logan Marina: Starting in the spring, rent a pontoon, kayak, or paddleboat and make memories in the sun. For a girls’ trip, make sure to reserve a pontoon and enjoy relaxing along the lake while feeling yourself unwind.

Lake Logan

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours: If you are feeling extra adventurous, check out this unforgettable zipline adventure! Our kids love the kid zipline course, but there are many various courses to fill your thrill-seeking heart and make a lasting memory!

Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls: From traditional massages to body treatments, you will find something relaxing for everyone. Meet with a spa therapist that is trained in various techniques such as Hot Stone, Warm Bamboo, and AromaTouch. Book a much deserved treatment here and make a reservation at their popular restaurant, Kindred Spirits.

Relax in a Cabin: Hocking Hills has many lodging options. My family and I own a cabin rental business in Hocking Hills. Check out one of our properties for your next girls’ weekend! Enjoy talking around the firepit, playing cards, drinking coffee on the deck while watching the sunrise, and soaking in the hot tub after a wonderful day of hiking.

“The Nook” Five-bedroom cabin sleeping up to fifteen guests. Arcade room, fire pit, private cabin yet close to it all!

The Nook cabin

“The View” Three Bedroom, hiking trail, frog pond, fire pit area, wrap-around deck.

The View cabin

If you are heading to Hocking Hills with your family, check out this Family Guide.

Next time you want to plan a girls’ weekend, consider Hocking Hills. It will surely be a weekend you will not forget!

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Melissa Burnett was born in New Jersey but moved to Ohio at the beginning of a school year where she thought her parents forgot her at Kindergarten and spent most of her first day in tears. Since then, she learned to transfer her imagination onto paper and write stories. She taught Title 1 Reading and wrote children’s books before embarking on her journey into parenthood. Melissa is a mother to twin boys and a younger boy who keeps her on her toes. She enjoys Friday stay home movie night with her boys and dreaming up business ideas with her extremely patient and loving husband. When she is not breaking up wrestling matches, Melissa and her husband spend their time working on rental cabins in Hocking Hills. They also enjoy popcorn and coming up with new popcorn flavors. Melissa promises she does not have motherhood figured out, but she does have many funny stories to share and a word of advice “when you go through the car wash with kids…make sure your window lock is on.” Follow her blog: melissaburnett.com

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