Friday, January 23, 2015

The Science of Icicles

One would think that in this modern age of instant information that we would know all there is to know about the simple things in life, such as icicles.  It is only within the last few years that scientists have begun to understand how they are formed at all, and still there are mysteries. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Winter Driving Tips

Many visitors to the Hocking Hills comments on the hilly curvy nature of many of its roads.  For the locals, well, it’s just the way home.  To visitors, particularly in in “off-season” conditions, these roads can seem quite treacherous!
We’re here to help. 

In the hills, portions of the road are in deeper shade, possibly getting water run-off from cliff sides, and can remain frozen after the rest of the road way seems okay.  Alternately many of the roads up on the ridges experience drift, with portions of the road in front of you simply disappearing for a moment under a light blanket of drifting snow. 

Here are our top 5 winter driving tips, direct from the Hocking Hills “locals”!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Camping at Hocking Hills Canoe Livery

Camping at Hocking Hills Canoe Livery

There is study after study which all report on the value of outdoor camping together as a family.  It is proven to increase family bonding, improve connectedness to nature, and bring about a more balanced sense of our place in the world. 

For the true outdoor enthusiast, our primitive campsites are tucked among the trees right on the banks of the Hocking River.  There is no electrical or water hookup.  These are primitive sites with a picnic table and fire ring, room to pitch tents and simply enjoy the great outdoors!

We have 12 different camp sites, some perfect for families, some better suited for large groups, some open on the banks of the river, some tucked into a grove a trees. 

The cost has gone up for the 2015 season to $32 per site per night for up to four people and $8 per extra person, with a two night minimum for Friday/Saturday.

Our 4 Camper Cabins offer the perfect blend for those wanting a taste of the great outdoors without sacrificing some of the modern conveniences. 

Each cabin site has:

  • Electricity
  • One full size bed
  • One set of twin bunk beds
  • A microwave  
  • A mini-fridge  
  • A heating / air conditioning unit
  • A front porch for some old fashioned “sitting”
  • A fire ring & picnic table   
  • One parking space (additional parking available nearby)

NOTE: Guests must bring their own bedding. Shower House / restrooms are a short walk. 

Cabins are $70 per night on weekends with a two-night minimum, and $60 during the week

We will be starting to take reservation by phone starting in January!

Planning a camping trip to the Hocking Hills

Great idea!  The Hocking Hills is the perfect Ohio destination for families, couples, reunions, and groups.  A day trip or a weekend getaway, the hills are sure to please!


Route 33 is regularly patrolled.  The speed limit is 60 mph from Columbus to just south of the Speedway and McDonalds in Carrol, where it goes to 70 mph for about 15 miles before dropping back down to 60 mph.  Further down 33 is a Sunoco and Subway on the right at the entrance road to Clear Creek Metro Park.   A few miles further on the left is a GoMart gas station and deli near the entrance to Canopy Tours.

After the rest area the speed limit goes back up to 70 mph.  The route 664 round-a-bouts finished in 2014 have been dressed out and are fully operational.  They are nothing more than yielding intersections usually without the need to come to a full stop.  The signage is pretty clear, just treat them like mini on ramps, yielding as you adjust your speed to flow into any traffic around the circles towards your destination.    

Why traffic circles in Hocking Hills?


Plan ahead!  During peak season, deciding just to drive down on Friday evening to get a camp site in the Hocking Hills is typically an unsuccessful strategy.  The State Park campgrounds books way in advance.  Most all other campgrounds in the area do fill up on in-season weekends.   

 In addition to the campgrounds right in the Hocking Hills area proper, don’t forget to check out Burr Oak or Lake Hope, both great state park camping in the surrounding area.  Also, free primitive camping is allowed in nearby Wayne National Forest, called dispersed camping. 

The Logan Wal-Mart  is open 24 hours should you have forgotten that critical piece of gear.

 For more info try the Hocking hills Welcome Center at 1-800-HOCKING

We offer primitive camping and camper cabin rentals right here at our livery in the heart of the Hocking Hills!  Primitive sites are $32 up to four people with a 2 night minimum on weekends. Learn more here

Canoe Hocking River
Canoeing the Hocking River is a great way to get a new perspective on the beauty of the Hocking Hills.  We offer 5 and 7 mile trips that allow time f to get in something else, or if you want, take all day, relax and enjoy!  Info on river trips   

NOTE:  You are always welcome to just stop by here at Fox’s Canoe Livery for a little “old fashion chin-wagging” as well as maps, brochures, tips and recommendations.