Heavy summer rain expected to give leaf peepers best show in years Ohio’s Hocking Hills offers some of nation’s most stunning autumn show

Conckle's Woman FallLOGAN, OH — This summer’s excessive rainfall means that the trees that make up the 10,000 acres of unbroken forest of Ohio’s Hocking Hills region are extra lush and leafy. Thus, this season’s fall foliage display is expected to be more gorgeous than ever. With leaf peeping season just around the corner, the Hocking Hills will soon begin the dramatic transformation to one of the nation’s most spectacular spots for autumn’s dramatic show of fiery reds (Maple), blazes of orange (Sassafras), pops of yellow (Hickory) and brushstrokes of brown (Oak) and green (Hemlock and Pine). Travelers are encouraged to book lodging quickly via ExploreHockingHills.com, as it fills up quickly in fall; the area’s high season.
An easy, scenic drive from most major cities and an hour from Columbus, the Hocking Hills’ extraordinary rock formations were carved eons ago by glaciers. Rushing waterfalls, soaring cliffs and craggy caves draw visitors from around the globe. Ribbons of twisting, turning roads offer some of the most dazzling fall color drives in North America. Travelers can immerse themselves in the beauty via off-road segways, horseback, kayak or from the air via zipline canopy tours.

Hocking Hills has been dubbed the “Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest,” with multiple world-class zipline operators offering dozens of ziplines, including a Super Zip and an XTreme canopy tour that takes travelers right through a waterfall and into a cave for a truly unusual birds-eye view of the season’s splendor. Meanwhile, an off-road Segway tour gives visitors a more ground-hugging tour.  A host of other guided and self-led hikes and adventures let Hocking Hills visitors really immerse themselves in the beauty. Kayaking, horseback riding, ATV adventures and even rock climbing and rappelling give adventure-seekers a ringside seat for what may be the most beautiful color show on earth.

No visit to the area is complete without a hike to Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, Conkle’s Hollow or Cedar Falls. And Loads of unique, affordable lodging and dining choices complete the trip. From cozy cottages, historic B&Bs and charming inns, to fully-equipped cabins and lodges that sleep more than a dozen, booking virtually any type of Hocking Hills accommodations is easy and affordable. Many cabins offer a fully loaded gourmet kitchen, perfect for large families or groups of friends to prepare inexpensive meals. Most are outfitted with deluxe amenities, such as a pool table, foosball, gas grill or telescope for viewing fall color and local wildlife or for stargazing. Many feature a large hot tub, offering the perfect way to experience Hocking Hills’ magnificent star-filled skies. (The lack of city lights means that the region’s night sky is nothing short of dazzling.) Plenty of family friendly restaurants, from casual cafes and old-fashioned diners to relaxed Mexican and BBQ restaurants offer a range of dining options. Though, fine dining at lovely country inns is also readily available.

Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio’s Hocking Hills region offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of free activities. Unique gift and antique shops, artists’ studios and hands-on activities add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. Complete traveler information is available www.ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

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