Rock House is an interesting part of the Hocking Hills Region. If you are into caving and hiking then this is the place for you.
The Rock House Caves
Rock House is incredibly unique within the Hocking Hills Region, it is one of 7 hiking trails in the area. It is unique as it is the only true cave in the park. It has a tunnel-like corridor and it is situated up a 15-foot cliff. This House of Rock has a 25-foot ceiling, and the main corridor is 200 feet long and around 20-30 feet wide.
This cavern was eroded out of the middle zone of Blackhand sandstone. Water leaked through a horizontal joint that was running parallel to the cliff face caused by the hollowing of the corridor. This main joint can be seen in the ceiling of the Rock House.
The Rock House also has 7 Gothic-arched windows and sandstone columns that bear its huge roof. The Rock House used to be a shelter for past visitors. Hominy Holes are small recesses at the back of the cave, used by Native Indians as baking ovens. By constructing a small fire in the recesses, this heated the entire cave. This also kept the occupants warm and helped to prepare food.
There are also chiselled out troughs in the cave and this is further evidence that people used this cave as their home. According to local legend, other residents who used the cave were not as welcome. This includes Murderers, Bootleggers, and marauding thieves.
Due to its interesting past, the Rock House has long been a tourist attraction. In 1835, Colonel F.F. Rempel of Logan constructed a 16-room Hotel. This Hotel also had a fancy Ballroom, livery stable, and a Post Office! The Hotel has since been demolished, it stood where the picnic Shelter is today. There are dated carvings within the rock that prove that The Rock House has a long past of popularity.
From time to time, cheeky pigeons like to take up residence in Rock House! It is worth pointing out that if you are walking with dogs or younger children who are wary of birds.
Cindy’s TIP: Take a flashlight with you as it can be quite dark in some areas of the cave.
The Rock House Caves: 19852 OH-664 S Logan, OH 43138 | GPS Tracking: (35.1218° N, 92.9365° W).
Rock House Trail
Rock House Loop Trail is around a mile long. Hikers can enter from either the upper or the lower parking lots.
Depending on your desired level of walking, you may want to check both parking lots beforehand.
If you park at the second lot, you will have a much longer walk. However, both trials do come together and exit at the shelter house.
The walk back UP the hill after visiting Rock House is very steep!
Hikers are advised to stay on the marked trail. Well-behaved pets are allowed, providing that they are on a leash at all times.
Location: Rock House 16350 OH-374, Laurelville, OH 43135 | GPS Tracking: (39.496345, -82.614583).
Short Video of The Rock House
Other Hocking Hills Trails
- Zaleski State Forest Backpack Trail.
- Hocking Hills State Park Mountain Bike Trail.
- Lake Hope State Park Mountain Bike Trail.
Where To Stay In Hocking Hills
Hocking Hills is abundant with places to stay and some of them are very unique! Below are some of our favorite places to stay in Hocking Hills!
Mile hike round trip down into ravine and back up out. The hike is exciting and the Rock House is amazing to see. Fun hike and a must do. Moderate difficulty rock steps down, dirt path up.clpjr2000 (TripAdvisor)
Cindy’s Insider Ohio Tips!
I suggest bringing a flashlight so that you can easily see where you are stepping inside Rock House. And you can use it to see the birds inside and the carvings on the wall.
Where is Rock House Hocking Hills Located?
- Address: Rock House Caves 19852 OH-664 S, Logan, Ohio 43138
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