Things to Do in Southern Ohio

Things to Do in Southern Ohio
Tourist attractions in southern Ohio offer a myriad of options for nature lovers and eco-tourists. All of these attractions are located within 30 minutes of each other in the Hocking Hills area.

Moonville Rail Trail

The Moonville Rail Trail is located near Lake Hope State Park. This popular attraction draws large crowds on Halloween each year. Local lore details a sad tale of lost love and a train accident, which prompts a ghost to cry near the tracks during the evenings. In addition to the fright factor, this former railroad property is now maintained as a muscle-powered trail area. Avid nature lovers can spend an entire weekend exploring the miles of trails on horseback, bicycling or by lacing up a pair of hiking boots. For additional information on this attraction, visit

Lake Hope State Park

Lake Hope State Park is located in Zaleski. Arrays of outdoor pursuits are offered at this majestic location. Visitors can hike miles of forest trails, camp, stay in a cabin, swim at the beach area, kayak or canoe on the lake, attend a special event at the Lake Hope Nature Center or participate in geo-cache hunts. For additional information about Lake Hope State Park, visit

Old Man's Cave

Nature lovers will find a full weekend of outdoor fun at this Hocking Hills attraction. Many cabins, chalets and campsites are available year 'round. Visitors can hike the areas of Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, Old Man's Cave, Conkle's Hollow, Rock House and Cantwell Cliffs. Immense rock formations and waterfalls are visible on hiking trails. For additional information about Old Man's Cave, visit

Ravenwood Castle

Ravenwood Castle is located in Vinton County, Ohio. This amazing piece of architecture appears to be hundreds of year old, but is actually a modern building. The castle serves meals inside an old English-style dining room and rents rooms inside the facility. In addition to castle lodging, visitors can sleep in an authentic gypsy wagon. An English pub and tearoom add to the old-world mystique of this attraction. Musical and period events occur throughout the year. For additional information visit,

Hocking Hills Zip Line Canopy Tours

Hocking Hills Zip Line Canopy Tours is located near the city of Logan. Tours are approximately three hours in duration and feature scores of scenic sites while flying through the treetops. Participants may encounter wildlife as well as overhead views of rock cliffs and the Hocking River area. For additional information and directions to this rural attraction, visit

Uncle Buck's Riding Stable

Uncle Buck's Riding Stables offers guided trail rides, a dance saloon and overnight excursions. Even novice riders will be able to enjoy the scenic trails rides in the hills. For additional information about this attraction, visit

Article Written By Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill began writing professionally in 1990. She is a travel writer and photographer working for print and online media, primarily covering Florida, ecotourism and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Her writing credits include RUMBUM, Yahoo News, Visit South magazine,and North Carolina Coastal Guide. She studied journalism and education at Ohio University and real estate at Hondros College.

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