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🌳 Take a hike
Old Man's Cave boasts one of the best waterfalls in the state park | Photo via CBUStoday
Old Man’s Cave boasts one of the best waterfalls in the state park | Photo via CBUStoday
Who knew one of the nation’s top trails was right in our backyard? Whispering Cave at Hocking Hills was recently named the best hiking trail for a scenic and casual day hike by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice. If you’re looking to explore the hiking trails and water adventures that are nationally recognized, Hocking Hills is a great destination for both experienced adventurers + new nature seekers.

🥾Things to do

From rock climbing to mountain biking to ATV rentals, there are plenty of outdoor activities to try at the nature park.

Explore Hocking Hills Region Parks
  • Hike for miles on trails like Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, and Rock House + enjoy scenic views with waterfalls, massive rocks, and greenery. Pro tip: Be sure to explore Whispering Cave.
Shade Winery has a large outdoor patio with peaceful views | Photo via @shadewinery

Shade Winery has a large outdoor patio with peaceful views. | Photo via @shadewinery

🍽️ Fuel up after hiking

If you’re like us, the food is just as important as the fun. Make sure your bellies are full by enjoying one of the many restaurants or bars nearby.

Shade Winery, 401 Gilkey Ridge Rd.
  • Enjoy vineyard views while you sample wine by the glass + snack on a charcuterie board or entrees like salmon and flatbreads.
The Hocking Hoot is one of the newest rentals at Hocking Hills | Photo via Airbnb

The Hocking Hoot is one of the newest rentals at Hocking Hills. | Photo via Airbnb

🏕️Cozy cabins

Browse cabins, hotels, and camping grounds directly from the state park, or check out the following recommendations we have:

The Hocking Hoot
  • This brand-new cabin is located five minutes from Rock House and is made of two 40-ft shipping containers on five acres of scenic land. It sleeps six and is equipped with a grill, arcade games, a fire pit, and hot tub. Bonus: One of Senior City Editor Hanna’s best friends built this cabin.
The Treehouse
  • Elevate your experience by sleeping 20 ft high in the trees on Goosecreek Road. Enjoy private hiking trails on-premise, yard games, and a hot tub. This cozy cabin sleeps four + fills up quickly, so you’ll want to book in advance.
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, July 2
  • Ben Platt | Tuesday, July 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St., Campus | $21-$140 | Spend an evening with this Emmy and Grammy Award-winning singer and actor.
Wednesday, July 3
  • I Love The 2000s | Wednesday, July 3 | 10 p.m. | Noir Lounge, 15 W. Cherry St., Downtown | $0-$15 | Join a 2000s-themed party with music, themed drinks, and attire from that era.
  • Columbus Crew vs. Nashville SC | Wednesday, July 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Lower.com Field, 96 Columbus Crew Way, Arena District | $46-$504 | Cheer on the Black and Gold, and stick around to see fireworks displays after the match.
Thursday, July 4
  • Doo Dah Parade | Thursday, July 4 | 9 a.m. | Starts west on Buttles Avenue | Free | This one-of-a-kind parade is back, poking fun at anything and everything, all in good humor.
  • Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens | Thursday, July 4-Saturday, July 6 | Times vary | Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Ln., Arena District | $8-$24 | The Clip Show returns home for a quick three-day homestand with Fourth of July specials and activities.
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    🍖 Hot off the grill
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    Meats are smoked daily at Ray Ray’s. | Photo by rayrayshogpit|
    A summer holiday isn’t complete without barbecue, but maybe you’d rather trust the experts than cook something up yourself. We’ve got you covered.

    Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, Multiple locations

    Menu classics include smoked ribs and sandwiches like jerk chicken or beef brisket.

    Rodizio Grill, 125 W. Nationwide Blvd.‎

    Try rotisserie-grilled meats — like steak, pork, lamb, and chicken thighs — inspired by southern Brazilian cuisine.

    B&K Smoke House, 1114 E. Main St.

    Order the turkey ribs, chicken wings, or a variety of dinner plates including meat, two sides, and two slices of bread.

    Red Shed BBQ, 1170 Columbus Ave.

    This Marysville spot offers smoked meats by the pound, barbecue burritos, and pulled chicken sandwiches. Bonus: Kids meals are available.

    Smoked on High BBQ, 755 S. High St.

    Catering or carry-out is available for meats like ribs, pork, brisket, chicken, and sausage.
     
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    Watershed Distillery’s Four Peel Strawberry Gin is back for the summer, and I definitely recommend giving it a try if you like a citrus taste.
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