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Kayak the Scenic Hocking River

Hocking Hills Adventures

Paddle to experience a new dimension. Float away into an amazing new world where a natural high waits for you. Experience the hills and valleys how there meant to be hundreds of years ago. Enjoy the landscape of the unique Hocking Hills, the magnificent Natural Rockbridge, exhilarating Super Zip and the historic Hocking Canal all before you return to the canoe livery. The ageless wonder of kayaking.

The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare to let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure. — (Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Kayaking has become an increasingly popular recreational activity over the last 10 years. There are a number of reasons for the growth of kayaking. One is that even a complete novice can quickly master a kayak stroke. Another is that kayaking gives you complete control over your own boat, while canoeing require partners to paddle in conjunction to successfully navigate. Finally kayaks have evolved to become specialized for their use. Kayaks are categorized under sea kayaks, whitewater kayaks, surf kayak (Stand Up Paddle Boards), racing kayaks, fishing kayaks and recreational kayaks. We specialize in recreational kayaks and you find several different model ranging from Old Town, Jackson and We-no-nah brands to choose from. Kayaking is great because little training is required for the Hocking River, you can paddle your own boat and you can pick a kayak that is better suited for your skill. Like canoeing, kayaking is a great way to create lasting memories with family and friends.

Our trips run on the best kayaking 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.



Reservation Policy

River Trip reservations require a 100% prepayment. Reservation gaureentees you boats on your choosen day and time. Reservations are always recommended especially on weekends.

Cancellation Policy

We understand that sometimes unexpected circumstances come up and cancellations become necessary. It is our policy to grant refunds if notified 7 days prior to arrival date minus a $10 processing fee. If cancelled within 7 days of arrival date you will be offered the opportunity to reschedule. The chance to reschedule expires after one year. We still operate in rain unless there is lightning. In the event of bad weather or lightning you will have the opportunity to reschedule. The chance to reschedule expires after one year.

River Rules

We want your visit to be a positive experience. We ask that all guests read and understand our policies before booking a cabin.

  • Glass Containers: For public safety the possession of glass containers is prohibited
  • Mesh Litter Bags: Canoes and kayaks can tip causing trash from boat to spill into the river. A mesh litter bag is a good idea to keep contents secure in the canoe or kayak. Bags are sold for only $1 in the gift shop
  • Fastened Cooler Lids: If you are transporting food and/or beverage must be kept in a sealed cooler or container that prevents the contents from spilling into the river.
  • Use a Koozie for Beverages: All beverage containers not securely contained in a sealed cooler or mesh litter bag must be held in a floating holder that is designed to prevent it from sinking beneath the surface of the water. Kozi's are sold in our shop.
  • Coolers: The use of Styrofoam coolers is prohibited while floating the Hocking River. Styrofoam is easily susceptible to breaking in the event your canoe or kayak capsized. Much debris is caused by foam coolers inability to contain contents. Please plan accordingly and bring a hard or soft cooler in a canoe or kayak and soft coolers only in rafts.
  • Life Vests (PDFs): Every vessel must have a life vest for each person. Children under age 14 must wear a securely fastened life vest. All life vests must be of proper size for the person wearing it.
  • Late Fees: All boats must be back by 7:30 or late fees apply
Online Waiver

Once the group leader has completed the online reservation head over to our participant agreement page. Have you entire group sign the waiver release before arrival. If everyone in your group has signed the release then you can skip the office line and go straight to the bus departure zone!

River Trips

Crocketts Run: Trip #1

5 miles, 2-3 hours
Crocketts Run to Livery is our shortest outing on the Hocking River. The river moves a little bit slower on this 5 mile stretch compared to the Upper Hocking. Therefore it is an ideal trip for beginners, parents with young children or those who are a little anxious about canoeing.
The cost is $22 per kayak

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Crocketts Run

Crocketts Run

Natural Rockbridge: Trip #2

7 miles, 2-3 hours
Natural Rockbridge to Livery is our most popular trip. What better way to start off your river trip than viewing the awesome Natural Rockbridge. Our river access is directly across from the magnificent Natural Rockbridge.The cost is $26 per kayak,

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Natural Rockbridge

Natural Rockbridge

Riverside Campground: Trip #3

9 miles, 3-4 hours
Riverside Campground to Livery offers the best uncrowded section of the Hocking. The upper sectioni has several unique rock formations and river tributaries. View the Natural Rockbridge and Paddle pass the Natural Rockbridge state protected nature preserves. Watch the exhilarating SUPER ZIP as you paddle under the quater mile zip from Hocking Hills Canopy Tours. The cost is $32 per kayak.

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Riverside Campground

Riverside Campground

Sugar Grove: Trip #4

15 miles, 5-6 hours
Sugar Grove to Livery can be a great all day trip or stretched into a liesurely overnight trip. It is a good idea to set up camp before you start. Doing so will save you the hassle of carrying loads of equipment in the canoe. The Riverside Campground is located halfway between the drop and the Canoe Livery. The cost is $50 per kayak for the all day trip or $60 per canoe for the overnight trip

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Sugar Grove

Sugar Grove

Rush Creek: Trip #5

21 miles, overnight
Rush Creek to Livery is our longest overnight trip. Approximately 6-8 hours paddling the first day and 2-3 hours the second day. This trip is only offered when water levels permit. Rush Creek is often to shallow in mid-late summer. Call us for details.

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Rush Creek

Rush Creek

Adavantages of Kayaking

Easy Paddling Kayakers

Use a double bladed paddle which is more efficient than a single bladed paddle. To get the kayak straight requires putting each blade in the water in a continuous motion.

Show your Style Red, Green, Pink, Blue-what is your favorite color?

Odds are we have it! If you are not concerned about color you can pick between closed deck and sit-on-top kayaks from the best brands: Jackson and Old Town kayaks. And if you just want something that floats, we can do that too. If you decide you want to take the kayak home, you can apply the rental price towards the purchase of the kayak. Kayaking at ADVENTURES is a great way to get introduced to the sport.

Get your own Boat

Canoeing usually require two people working together. If you are not into "partnering" , well that is fine because that is why we have kayaks. Not to mention it has been our experience that sometimes couples work better without the stress of navigating the river in the same boat. Nonetheless you will find having your own kayak offers a level of control and solitude that canoeing can not offer.  

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  • Canoe Livery

  • 31251 Chieftan Drive
  • Logan, Ohio 43138
  • 740-385-8685
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  • 22663 Main Street
  • Rockbridge, Ohio 43149
  • 740-385-4449

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