Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park - G
Rock House is one of the six major areas of Hocking Hills State Park - Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls and Cantwell Cliffs. Each of the park areas offers a unique experience for those who walk its paths. From hemlock-lined trails, to huge rock formations, waterfalls to rock bridges, guests to the park are sure to treasure their explorations for years to come. Rich in forested areas and natural wonders, there are over 25 miles of hiking trails in the Hocking Hills State Park system.
The Look: The closest thing to a real cave in the park system, Rock House's cavern seems to go deep into the rock. The trail is packed with awesome cliff faces that, in summer, look like a South American jungle, rock steps and plenty of breathe-taking views.
A past full of adventure! Once called Robbers Roost, it is told Rock House was a hideout for bandits. As always, cliff areas are not safe for pets and children!
The Rock House-In the early 1900's, a hotel was once located near the shelter house located at the entrance of Rock House. A 1/4 mile trail leads to an opening in a cliff face with gothic-like windows and awesome views. Rockhouse was even once said to be a hide-out for bandits and thieves in 1800's.
-look for small recesses in the back wall of Rock House were used as baking ovens for Native Americans staying in the cave. -troughs in the floor believed to be used to catch water.
-at the picnic shelter, there was once a 16-room hotel compete with a ballroom, livery stable and a U.S. Post Office. Length:
The Rockhouse trail is about a 1/2 mile long and takes 30 to 45 minutes to traverse.
There is no swimming allowed in the waterfalls or creeks. All hikers must remain on the designated trails. Hikers cannot walk randomly in the woods, jump on rocks or hang on cliff edges.
Pets must always be on a leash not more than 6 feet in length and directly under owner's supervision. In other words, you must be holding the dog with the leash. Please bring baggies to clean up your dog's feces. There are few or no trash cans in the park. There are cliff areas in all the parks, please use caution if you must take your pet or children.