Old Man's Cave

Old Man's Cave is located in Hocking Hills near Athens, Ohio.

LOGAN – Explore Hocking Hills announced Wednesday that cabins and other lodging in Ohio’s Hocking Hills are now open to the public.

Numerous other Southeast Ohio businesses have also opened for visitors seeking a change of scenery in the wake of COVID-19 shutdowns. Reservations are being accepted, with availability search and traveler tips on the upgraded ExploreHockingHills.com website.

“So many of us are eagerly awaiting an opportunity to travel safely and unplug from all the negative noise and suffocating monotony that’s bombarded us for two months,” said Explore Hocking Hills Executive Director Karen Raymore. “In the Hocking Hills, the only noise you hear is the joyful sound of nature. But our initial experiences need to be safe and allow us to travel not far from home and socially distance.”

The region offers more than 900 lodging offerings, including: cabins, tree houses, luxury lodges, tipis, yurts and more. Beginning May 21, private campgrounds opened. Nearly all of the area’s cabins are tucked into forested areas, with most on several remote acres and offering contactless entry via coded lockbox.

On-site hiking, fire rings, hot tubs and other outdoor spaces add to the experience. They offer natural social distancing, yet endless stunning surroundings and a complete change of place and pace. The diversity of accommodation sizes and experiences means cohort groups of families and those who feel safe being together or just need a little alone time can find cabins that sleep from 1 to 10 guests.

The region offers a number of other hiking areas that remain open, such as Lake Logan and Lake Hope State Parks.

In addition, a multitude of other unforgettable experiences maintain distance between guests and staff. Rappelling and climbing, guided hikes, canopy tours, off-road Segway woodland and waterfall tours, kayaking, canoeing and horseback riding have already opened.

Local restaurants opened for outdoor dining May 15 and offered inside dining on May 22. Hocking Hills Winery, Brewery 33 are open and offering tastings and outdoor seating with live music.

Hocking Hills Moonshine distillery is open for tours, tasting and retail sales. Homegrown on Main, antique and gift shops and local artist studios offer memorable treasure hunting. At just-opened Jack Pine Studio, visitors can watch as gifted artisans blow fine art glass and shop for pieces to take home.

All cabin, restaurant and local business operators and staff, as well as guests, are required to abide by strict health and safety protocols with guest and local resident well-being remaining top of mind. In order to avoid taxing local resources, guests are asked to bring their own groceries from home or to support the area’s many local restaurants which also offer carryout. 

Raymore said her team and partners are hyper sensitive to traveler uncertainty. Thus, all area businesses are working very closely with local health officials to ensure everyone’s safety as they return to the Hocking Hills. Frequent deep cleaning, the use of masks and sanitizer by hosts and guests and contact-free check-ins that employ lock boxes offer added security for both visitors and local residents.

Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio’s Hocking Hills offers affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns.

Miles of hiking trails, parks and forests; ziplines and guide services; and many more once-in-a-lifetime experiences join unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas and more add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. Complete traveler information is available ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

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