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A Guide to Hocking Hills Accessible Hiking Trails for All Ages

As owners of a rental cabin that is ADA-certified accessible** (and who host families of all ages), we wanted to put together a list of trails that cater to the young, including those in strollers, the old, and/or those differently-abled. A guide to accessible trails, for all ages, if you will.

Two 100% handicap-accessible trails in the area are:

Ash Cave, Hocking Hills Ohio

  1. Ash Cave - this well-known and popular destination is breathtaking and is one of Hocking Hills' most accessible hiking trails. The spot received its name because of a pile of ashes once found there by early settlers, although no one knows the source of the ashes. The recess cave has a waterfall with a small pool. There’s a sandy spot, too, that’s fun for young kids.

Conkles Hollow, Hocking Hills Ohio

  1. Conkles Hollow Lower Trail (also called the Gorge Trail) - Conkles Hollow has two trails, the lower is wheelchair accessible and about 3/4 of a mile long, ending with a beautiful waterfall. The Gorge at Conkles Hollow is considered by some to be the deepest in Ohio and is only 100 feet wide in some areas.

Other trails that are manageable for families with young children (read: maybe not 100% stroller friendly but good for baby/child-wearing or walking kiddos who can’t manage too far on their own).

Rock House Loop Trail Hocking Hills Ohio

  1. Rock House Loop Trail - This trail is fairly short, only one mile, although there are steps and in some places a steep grade. But, visitors with kids comment on how fun it is for kiddos to explore the rock house caverns!

Old Man's Cave Hocking Hills Ohio

  1. Old Man’s Cave - this area is the most popular spot in Hocking Hills. The loop trail is between one and one and a half miles long, depending on which of the two exits you choose from. The shorter loop ends at the Naturalist Cabin and Visitor Center while the longer takes you through Lower Falls before ending at the same location (the longer path does have a steep incline which may not be suitable for everyone). There are many other trail options connected to this spot, that may be fun to check out, for those interested in a challenge.

Hocking Hills offers lots of other kid and family-friendly activities; look for that blog soon!

Twelve34 House Hocking Hills Ohio Accessible Cabin Rental

**Twelve34 House has been specifically built to meet ADA guidelines. It has a wheelchair-accessible entrance, an open floor plan, everything on one main level, roll-up dining, accessibility to the covered back deck with an outdoor kitchen and firetop table, and two king ensuites with stunning treetop views, one of which has an ADA-accessible bathroom attached. It also has a hot tub. It’s perfect for those with wheelchairs AND those with young children…lots of room for littles to run around! Learn More.

~ Meg Fowler

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