About the Hocking Hills

The Hocking Hills, famous for its hemlock and oak forests, fields of fern, twisting roads lined with day lilies, and sandstone caves, is much more that a vacation spot. Whether you're looking for an inspiring weekend retreat or a new way of life. Look no further. Slow down, open your senses, balance your values, fall in love all over again. "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and to see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and . . . to discover that I had not lived." - Henry David Thoreau

Romantic cabins, elegant Bed and Breakfasts, farms and family dwellings border these beautiful landscapes of unspoiled forests, ancient rock formations, waterfalls, rolling hills, lush valleys, winding rivers, and gently rolling meadows all teaming with wildlife. The pace here is gentler, easier on the human spirit yet conveniently, within reach of an outstanding highway system and is only one hour south of Columbus.

The region was first settled by Christian Eby and was named from a shortened version of the Hockhocking River by the Shawnee Indian tribe. Hockhocking, in the Delaware tongue, signifies a bottle. The Shawnee people thought that a very narrow and straight creek above the waterfall on The Hockhocking River resembled a "bottle" neck. Other notable settlers were George Starkey and Moses Dolson. The first election on county matters was held in Eby’s mill near Queer Creek. The first post office in the area was called the “Rockhouse” and located in Herschel Badford’s home.

Everyone is always asking me, since I'm a longtime resident and Web designer for the tourism industry in the Hocking Hills where should I stay, what should we do, etc. OK then here's my shortlist.