“So many of us are eagerly awaiting an opportunity to travel safely and unplug from all the negative noise and suffocating monotony that’s bombarded us for two months,” said Explore Hocking Hills Executive Director Karen Raymore in a press release. “In the Hocking Hills, the only noise you hear is the joyful sound of nature. But our initial experiences need to be safe and allow us to travel not far from home and socially distance.”
Though Hocking Hills State Park remains closed until new safety and distancing protocols are finalized, other area parks and hiking destinations, like Lake Logan and Lake Hope State Park, are still open to the public. Visitors will be able to participate in a number of fun outdoor activities, like rappelling and climbing, guided hikes, canopy tours, waterfall tours, kayaking, canoeing and horseback riding.
Ready to get a bite to eat? Similar to the Dayton area, many Hocking Hills restaurants, bars and breweries are now offering outdoor dining, and beginning on Friday, May 22, indoor dining. Hocking Hills Winery and Brewery 33, for example, are open and offering tastings and outdoor seating with live music. Additionally, the popular Hocking Hills Moonshine distillery is open for tours, tastings and retail sales. A number of other local shops and businesses, like Homegrown on Main and Jack Pine Studio, are open and ready to welcome visitors.
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If you’re still uncertain about leaving the safety of your home, those at Explore Hocking Hills assure future visitors that all staff members at local restaurants, lodging facilities and other establishments are required to abide by strict health and safety protocols, with the well-being of guests and local residents remaining as the top priority. These new safety protocols come in the form of frequent deep cleaning, the use of masks and sanitizer by hosts and guests and contact-free check-ins. Visitors can also do their part to ensure that locals are taken care of by bringing their own groceries or supporting the area’s many restaurants to avoid taxing local resources.
For more Hocking Hills travel resources, pay a visit to ExploreHockingHills.com or call 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).