From Likes to Landscapes: Discovering the Beauty of Hocking Hills

In the age of social media, it’s easy to get caught up in the digital affirmation that likes, comments, and virtual connections give us. Who doesn’t feel validation when their new profile picture or Instagram post is a hit? While we can acknowledge the benefits of what technology has given and continues to give us, it’s safe to say we all know there can be damaging side effects.

Social comparison, the fear of missing out (most commonly referred to as FOMO), the reduction of real-life connections, and the dependence that can run rampant from overusing social media are just a few examples of the downsides to being constantly connected.

The good news is that with the practice of unplugging, you can realign yourself with your goals, boost your creativity, and create a healthier relationship with yourself and your loved ones.

Ready to get started?

I invite you to put down your phones for a few days and plan a trip to remember. There is never a bad time to head to Hocking Hills! If you haven’t been here before, you’re in for a real treat. The breathtaking sights and well-maintained trails will imprint on your memory forever, no filter needed. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a few popular spots around the Castle that have one-of-a-kind views:

Old Man’s Cave – This one-way loop will take you on quite the adventure! Located just 20 minutes from the Castle, you can park at the Visitor’s Center and lace up your hiking boots. You will see unique bridges, beautiful waterfalls, and impressive, towering rock walls. About a mile in you will pass the Devil’s Bathtub – a small, circular pool with a smooth, swirling appearance carved into the rock by the constant flow of water.

Ash Cave – Just shy of 15 minutes from the Castle, you will discover the beauty of Ash Cave. The cave is 700 feet from end to end and is breathtaking to see up close and personal. Another one-way trail, you can choose to do the quick 0.50 mile loop or continue on to a longer, more strenuous hike to Cedar Falls another 2.3 miles away.

Rock House – This is another must see if you’re visiting Hocking Hills. Only a 30-minute trek from the Castle, Rock House is the only true cave in the area. It measures 25 feet high while the main corridor is 200 feet long. It lives up to its name and gives visitors the feeling of being in a house made of rock.

More Than Just Hiking

Hocking Hills isn’t just all hiking. There are so many other ways to disconnect! Attend a glass blowing class at Jack Pine Studio, explore Butterfly Ridge, post up for a night at the John Glenn Astronomy Park, or unwind at one of the many local breweries, wineries, or eateries in the area. The possibilities are endless! Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as we share even more things to do, ways to disconnect, and how to make the best of your Vacation Unplugged!

If you find yourself craving a break from the virtual world and a deeper connection with the beauty around you, I urge you to take some time for yourself and explore the beauty of Hocking Hills. And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, I know a place…

Molly Smith

Molly Smith is a member of the Ravenwood Detective Agency, and loves to hunt zombies. Her passion for guest satisfaction and love for event planning led her to Ravenwood Castle.