Rock House is one of the true gems of Hocking, as the only true cave in Hocking Hills State Park. It is 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 cave is named for its close resemblance to a housing structure, with natural windows and a defensible position on the cliff. The Shawnee and Miami Indians that lived in the southern Ohio forests sheltered in Rock House for centuries before settlers arrived.
Rock House sits halfway up a 150 foot Black Hand Sandstone cliff, carved out like other features of Hocking Hills by glacial melting millenia ago, and is approximately 25 feet high, 200 feet long, and 20-30 feet wide. Seven window-like openings allow sunlight into the cave, and several large sandstone columns support the cave’s roof structure.
The hike back to the Rock House is somewhat long and descends a few steep slopes, but the spectacle is well worth the trek and highly recommended for visitors!
Hike to Rock House
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 to the Rock House and enjoy this relaxing walk in nature.
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