More Friends More Fun
Hocking Hills Adventures is the ideal spot for company picnics, family reunions and group gatherings. Our combined two hundred acre facility provides ample room for any type of activity. The use of volleyball nets, picnic tables, shelter house, grills and hiking trails is free when you book with us. Give us a call and see what we can do for your group.
There is no doubt that the key to our success is YOU! Every year, several thousand special people take on the task of planning a vacation with Hocking Hills Adventures for family, friends or coworkers. We know what kind of dedication it takes to organize a group, and we thank you.
We have developed this web page and offer special group rates to make your job easier as a Hocking Hills Adventure Planner. To show our appreciation we will give every group leader a free Tshirt (value $15)with a prepaid reservation. Limit one T-shirt per group.
Get started by reading the information below. If you find we are missing a critical element, please don’t hesitate to contact us. After all, this is a work in progress, and we need your input.
To qualify for the group rates the leader must make a 50% deposit at the time of reservation. Deposits can be paid by cash, check or credit. Full payment is expected at least a week before arrival. If you cancel within seven days of reservation there will be no refund. However a rain check will be issued for future trips. If numbers are not adjusted within seven days of trip date a rain check will be granted for unused boats. Reservations are not confirmed until deposit is recieved. If we cancel due to weather or water conditions a rain check will be issued
Make Your Plans
Once you have all the details about your group and know what you want to do, give us a call and we'll walk you through the reservation process. Our friendly ADVENTURES Reservation Experts will help you:
- Check availability for dates;
- Develop your itinerary;
- Book your trip;
- Download Tax Exempt Form (for non-profit groups only);
- Make your deposit (required upon making reservation);
- Review your emailed confirmation (double check all date and times);
- Non-profit groups send us a copy of your “Tax Exempt Form Number”
Waivers (make copies for each participant)
Once your reservation and deposit are complete, you will want to print a waiver for each participant. Waivers are available in the office in case participants forget theirs
Make sure all payments are made.Make sure you arrive at ADVENTURES with no stress. Collect monies from group members and ensure no last minute stress.
- First payment (deposit due upon reservation);
- Final Payment (7 days prior to arrival);
Note – if booked with in 7 days – full balance is required with reservations
More Friends More Fun
The Bring More, Save More Special Discount. We have a DEAL to encourage camaraderie – the more friends you can pack into the car to make the trek to the Hocking Hills, the more everyone will save. What can we say? We’re suckers for a good time! GROUP DISCOUNTS ARE PER PERSON.
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Honoring Those Who Serve
10% discount to all active and retired veterans. Military ID required, cannot be combined with other discounts
Check In Process
-Arrive 20 minutes before scheduled departure
-Turn in waivers and pay any additional fees owed
-Pick paddles according to boats. Kayak paddles are seperated from canoe and raft paddles. Measureing the paddle to your chin is usually a good height.
-Pick out lifejacket. State law requires children under 14 to wear lifejackets at all times. State law requires everyone to have a lifejacket in their boat even if they decide not to wear it.
-Go to designated waiting area and wait for bus to depart.
History of the Hocking River
Before the first white settlers came to the Hocking Hills there were three Native American Tribes living in the area. The Delaware, Shawnee, and Wyandottes often went to the Hocking River to catch turtles, fish, clams, frogs and clayfish. These creatures were a vital food supply to the Indians living in the Hocking Hills. Not surprisingly the river was named from the Indian name Hokhochen, which meant "bottle-shaped" and referred to the configuration of the river at the present-day Rock Mill in Lancaster Ohio. The name Hokhochen carried on until the 1800s in which it became shortened to "Hocking" river. More then likely it became Hocking because of the difficulty of pronouncing Hokhochen. The area eventually took the name of the river as today the surrounding area is known as the Hocking Hills.
The Hocking River starts in Lancaster Ohio and flows south east until it reaches the Ohio River. It has an average depth of 3-4 feet, but there are areas up to twelve feet deep. The Hocking is calm class I river with very few big rapids or rocks to be worried about.
Our trips run on the best canoeing section of the Hocking River, starting at Sugar Grove and all trips conclude at the Canoe Livery. This 15 mile stretch of river is known for is for its natural beauty and secluded isolation as well as the opportunity to see the Natural Rockbridge and remnants of the old Hocking Canal. The Hocking Canal ran close to the Hocking River, it was destroyed by flooding in 1889 and never rebuilt.
- No glass
- No stryophoam coolers
-Children under 14 must wear lifejackets. Everyone is required to have a lifejacket in their boat
- All boats must be back by 730 or late fees apply
-Boats are chosen on a first come first served basis