It is common knowledge that the Hocking Hills area offers some of the best hiking trails around. But did you know that Ravenwood Castle has over two miles of trails right on our grounds? That’s right, you don’t even need to leave the property to enjoy the wonders of nature!
We are thrilled to announce that our trails, which had become somewhat overgrown over the last two decades, have been officially re-opened!
The northern wing of our trail system leads from the castle proper to the Huntsman’s Hollow. Trek down a beautiful wooded gorge into the Hollow itself. There you’ll cross a bridge over a branch of the Brushy Creek, alongside which sit our five Huntsman’s Hollow Cabins. Be sure to stop for a spell at the community fire pit and enjoy one of the giant wooden swing-seats.
Return from the Hollow along another branch of the same trail system, and you will pass some beautiful carpeted boulders, and may enjoy a chance encounter with the family of white tailed deer living on site.
The southern side of the property is completely criss-crossed with hiking trails. These trails have no particular destination, though they boast several scenic locations where hikers are sure to find solitude and serenity.
The re-opening of the hiking trails is a project which has been on our wish list for quite some time. But as with everything else we undertake here at Ravenwood, we’re not content to just do what’s expected. So while we have re-cut the trails themselves, that is just the beginning of this project. We are also adding outdoor seating, a scenic overlook or two, and some other as-of-yet-secret points of interest.
And of course, it wouldn’t be Ravenwood Castle if we didn’t throw a game into the mix. So we’re adding a geocaching activity to the trails as well. Can you find all the hidden locations, and if so, what might you discover in each? We’ll roll out more information about the trail games in the coming weeks. In the meantime, be sure to ask the Innkeepers for details!