Best Place to Enjoy the Outdoors: Hocking Hills

From the March 29, 2012 edition

Ohioans can’t get enough of the caves, waterfalls and towering sandstone formations that dot the region southeast of Columbus. Outsiders can’t believe the Hocking Hills could exist in Ohio.

Among the area’s most beloved attractions are the mysterious interior of Rock House, the primordial vegetation of Conkle’s Hollow, the quiet beauty of Cedar Falls and the impossibly huge faces of Cantwell Cliffs.

The Hocking Hills region is a place to gawk at and show off to friends. It’s also a powerful reminder that going outdoors is fun and that natural spaces are worth protecting.

Runners-up: Highbanks Metro Park, Scioto Audubon Metro Park

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