By Dr. Anton Anderssen and Marco Airaghi
A leading sustainable tourism expert has just launched a Hocking Hills guide service that will prove to travelers that nature rocks! Beginning April 1, Hocking Hills Ecotours/High Rock Adventures will introduce visitors to the wonders of Ohio’s stunning Hocking Hills region via packages that combine nature programs with high-adventure elements like rock climbing and rappelling. Operating on pristine private land filled with amazing rock features, including rock halls, squeezes, tunnels and scrambles, adventures can be booked at www.highrockadventures.com.
High Rock Adventures offers three different eco-adventure tours varying in length from 75 minutes up to 2.5–3 hours, with prices starting at $30/person. While leading visitors through mammoth rock outcroppings and squeezes, sometimes with the assistance of stationary ropes, knowledgeable guides will reveal fascinating details on regional history and geology, share local legends, and engage guests in this diverse forest ecosystem. On-site natural sandstone rock climbing and rappelling adventure packages are also available for all skill levels. Cliff heights range from 35 feet to nearly 100 feet. Climbing and Rappelling tours include instruction and gear, starting at $80/person.
All adventures enable visitors to truly enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Hocking Hills in an intimate and interactive, yet safe way, while taking extreme care to protect the area’s rock formations, fauna and flora. Throughout the year, High Rock Adventures also will host night hikes, special educational events, and tours and workshops that focus on edible and medicinal plants and forest survival skills. Detailed lodging and travel information is available at ExploreHockingHills.com.
“We can’t wait to introduce visitors to these life-changing outdoor experiences,” said Hocking Hills Ecotours/High Rock Adventures Co-owner Steve Roley, who brings decades of tourism development and teaching experience to travelers, having served as the program coordinator for Ecotourism and Adventure Travel at Hocking College in Nelsonville, OH. “The incredible landscapes of this property really showcase the rock formations and natural beauty that make Hocking Hills such a remarkable destination,” Roley added.
Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio’s Hocking Hills region offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of free activities. The area boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns. In addition to hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills is the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest, with more than 50 ziplines offered via three distinct guide services. Unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas and more add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. Complete traveler information, including lodging, is available at www.ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).