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LODGE ON THE LAND Hock­ing Hills is an ul­ti­mate glamp­ing spot, with lux­ury camp­grounds, cab­ins and yurts all nes­tled among the state’s nat­u­ral crown jew­els. Sleep amid the scenery by book­ing a ro­man­tic cabin for two (with a hot tub) or a mul­ti­fam­ily va­ca­tion home like Ea­gle Wings Lodge. Check Buf­falo Lodg­ing Com­pany and Good Earth Cab­ins for op­tions.


Be awed by the night sky in Hock­ing Hills State Park at the John Glenn As­tron­omy Park, named for the pi­o­neer­ing Ohio as­tro­naut. Join the stargaz­ers who flock to one of the state’s dark­est night-sky lo­ca­tions to view the heavens through large tele­scopes or their own eyes.

PARK IT HERE Water­falls and strik­ing rock for­ma­tions abound, in­clud­ing Ash Cave, a horse­shoe-shape cav­ern in Hock­ing Hills State Park. At Con­kle’s Hol­low, a deep gorge sided by cliffs rises more than 200 feet above the val­ley floor. The new­est ad­di­tions to Hock­ing Hills State Park in­clude a trail to Whis­per­ing Cave, and the Hem­lock Bridge Trail, fea­tur­ing the park’s first swing­ing bridge.

ADD ZIP TO YOUR TRIP Tow­er­ing tree canopies pro­vide ideal spots for zi­plin­ing. Take a bird’s-eye­view trip at Hock­ing Hills Canopy Tours or Soar­ing Cliffs. Keep your feet closer to the ground with a Seg­way ad­ven­ture.

LIS­TEN TO HOME­GROWN TUNES Area mu­si­cians en­ter­tain ev­ery week­end at Hock­ing Hills Win­ery and Brew­ery 33. The Ap­palachian Lis­ten­ing Room of­fers an eclec­tic lineup in an in­ti­mate, retro cof­fee­house set­ting. Stu­art’s Opera House brings lo­cal and na­tional tal­ent to a re­stored 395-seat space that hon­ors its 19th-cen­tury roots.

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