Conkle’s Hollow is one of the most scenic natural history destinations in Ohio and one of the 7 major hiking trails in Hocking Hills State Park, located in Southeastern Ohio about an hour SE of Columbus on Route 33 in Hocking County. The preserve is named after W.J. Conkle, an early visitor to the area known for carving his name and date into the western wall of the gorge in 1797.
The trail leading up the narrow, half-mile ravine is surrounded by sandstone cliffs that rise over 200 feet above and look down on a plethora of native hardwoods and beautiful wildflowers. The cliffs can be as close as 300 feet or less from edge to edge in certain areas, with a tree canopy so thick that some areas of the forest floor receive little to no sunlight.
Conkle’s Hollow offers adventure-seekers some of the highest cliffs in Hocking Hills State Park and the beautiful views that go along with these heights. The rim trail above the gorge is one for more experienced hikers, while the Lower Gorge trail has been recently optimized to accommodate visitors of all ability levels.
Hike Conkle’s Hollow
The Hocking Hills State Park system includes Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, and Whispering Cave Trail. Each offers something truly unique and wonderful, with over 25 miles of one-way looped trail systems that are open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk. From forested trails to massive natural rock formations, the Hocking Hills region is a breathtaking gem hidden in the upper Appalachian Basin for all to visit and enjoy.
Download a Trail Map for Conkle’s Hollow and enjoy this relaxing walk in nature.
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