FOR AN EXCITING LONG WEEKEND
Hocking Hills, OH
The Plan: Enjoy a couple of days in southeast Ohio doing a series of hikes to breathtaking sites that expose you to different flora and fauna. Our top family-friendly hikes: Cedar Falls Trail (three stunning falls and a lake), the Ash Cave trail (towering hemlocks, a cascading waterfall and a recess cave) and Old Man’s Cave trail (a gorge and waterfalls). In the afternoons and evenings, hang out in downtown Logan, where you can visit the Pencil Sharpener Museum (a room filled with over 3,400 pencil sharpeners),
tour the Columbus Washboard Factory, browse shops, or have a delicious meal at Millstone BBQ. Dedicate one night to stargazing at John Glenn Astronomy Park. On your last day, go on an eco-tour to learn about the edible plants growing around you, and then rapel down rock formations (think rock climbing but less strenuous). As your final activity, fly through the treetops on a 10-line zip-line course (kids must be at least 10 years old to join) with Hocking Hills Canopy Tours.
Why We Love It: While this trip promises a lot of adventure, there’s room to relax too. The luxurious Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls offers magnificent views of the woods. In summer/fall, a cabin for four starts at $269 per night on a weekday, and $299 per night on a weekend, with breakfast included. When it’s time to wind down, hit the spa—theirs offers everything from traditional massages to body mud wraps, all done inside a serene 1840s log cabin.
Surprise! You’ll find hemlocks, not cedar trees, at Cedar Falls.