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A great hike that has some hills but beautiful scenery and views too!

Nice hike.

Great hike! The falls were amazing and really enjoyed that it was a loop. Definitely start at Stanford house and go all the way to the falls!

hiking
8 days ago

Really amazing trail. One of the best in hocking hill area. Beware of sharp cliffs. You can hear the water fall around the rim. Well marked but can be a bit tricky during rain.

hiking
10 days ago

Love it here!!!!

hiking
10 days ago

Although a short trail it was an amazing hike with gorgeous overlooks and geological formations.

Trails were in good shape even though we’ve had heavy rains lately. A few areas are tricky, but the group of 11 Scouts and 2 younger siblings had no problems. Parking lots are nice and have bathrooms & Water.

Not too difficult. Lots of ups and downs. Nice hike.

Went there after a good rain and the falls were flowing well. The path was dry and good to use. Family enjoyed listening to the water and exploring :)

Nice hike wear appreciate footwear, can be muddy. But still loved it.

hiking
20 days ago

backpacking
26 days ago

I've backpacked Zaleski over the course of a weekend and I've hiked the whole thing in a day. Either way it'll kick your butt. It's got some serious elevation changes and combined with the sheer distance, this could easily be rated "hard." You could argue it's a little boring. There aren't a ton of spectacular views or features, but it's still my go to long distance hike in Ohio. If you love the forest, you'll love this. Especially the peaceful north loop. Camping can be hit and miss because you're limited to three general areas and it's typically pretty busy. Find those quiet times and the solitude can't be beat. I'll never stop coming back here. As others have alluded to, there are a few areas where it's difficult to follow the trail. I still lose it from time to time and I've hiked it at least half a dozen times. Bring your map and pay attention.

Very beautiful scenery. I’ve hiked all of Hocking Hills and this trail is by far my favorite! I don’t think it should be rated as “Hard” though, lol. It is an easy-medium trail.

Beautiful hike. Muddy but fun!

Nice hike with hills and valleys. The trail was muddy for the most part but it is the end of winter and to be expected. Numerous hikers were on the trial as well so it must be pretty popular.

This trail is great, and the views are breathtaking....especially during the fall when the foliage is at its peak!

hiking
1 month ago

The campsite we stayed at had a trail that lead to Old Man's Cave so we decided that would be where our journey would start. We traveled downhill and through a small construction site where the new Visitors Center is being built and headed for the cave. It was like stepping into another world as the trail transitioned from dense forest to an open rocky gorge with running waterfalls and sandy pools. The stone bridges and steps that twist and turn through the gorge were fantastical. I had high expectations but these were quickly surpassed by the views and cliff faces.

We debated hitting the East and West Rim trail but decided we would push ourselves. This proved to be the best decision we made all day. The trail led us straight up the side of the gorge which was quite demanding. When the trail finally leveled out we were baffled. We had stumbled upon the best trail we hit all day. The trail followed the gorge edge overlooking the rolling hills in the distance and the tops of the massive mature trees in the surrounding area. Mangled roots and slabs of rock lined the trail with awe-inspiring views. What a perfect way to end our hiking for the day.

hiking
1 month ago

This place was again amazing as you can walk through areas that have been carved into the rock. The trail to and from the rock house was riddled with large boulders and natural sandstone steps that offered a little improvisational climbing. Trail length was around 1.5 miles.

Good hike almost 4 miles. Always like seeing the falls. First time taking this trail.

on East & West Rim Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great trail. We did it in mid-March. The trail is clearly marked and easily accessible. There are some steep edges and drop-offs so no kids. It is an easy hike but with it for the beauty.

My favorite trail in all of Hocking Hills. The views are amazing on the east rim trail. It's a bit of work to get up it, but more than work it. My recommendation is to start on the east and follow the trail counter clockwise. The west side of the rim is okay, but nowhere near as amazing as the east.

We’ve done this hike a couple of times and my dogs enjoyed it as well.

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Gorgeous trail! I went this past Monday when the ice melted and there was a big rain so the waterfalls were full and awe inspiring. Not crowded yet but still muddy make sure you have hiking shoes while the weather is changing. One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on!

1 month ago

One of my favorites in the area and beautiful sight seeing!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful rock formations! Lots of parts to explore and a lot of variety in what you see.

Nive variety of elevation, easy to navigate, really beautiful! Not too difficult as there's stairs at the steeper parts. Can definitely get muddy depending on the weather.

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