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Hocking Hills Adventures

Rich with History 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.

 
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.

Online Waivers

Once your reservation and deposit are complete, everyone in the group will need to complete an online waiver. Completing an online waiver is crucial regarding the efficency upon check-in. If everyone has signed the online waiver your group can skip the office line and go straight to the departure bus!

    Frequently Asked Questions Here's a sample of the most commonly asked questions. Anything not listed can be answered by our friendly office staff by calling 1-740-385-8685 ext-4
  • What is the 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. If we cancel due to bad weather you will be offered to reschedule or a refund.

  • Are there any waivers to fill out for canoeing?
  • Yes waivers must be filled out prior to arrival with a reservation. Waivers are available in the office for our walk-in customers.

  • What should I wear canoeing?
  • It's best to dress in warm layers that you can and add or shed depending on the outside temperature. The riverbed can be very rocky, therefore flip flops are not recommended. It is adviseable to wear a sandel with a backstrap.

  • When is the best time to canoe?
  • Just like a regular amusement park, Hocking Hills Adventures will be busiest during weekends and holidays. On these days business levels are typically lower in the morning, pick up during the afternoon and then die down as the afternoon progresses. It is possible that at times we can be sold out! It is always a good idea to make a reservation to ensure you get on the water as quick as possible. Typically there are less people are on the river on weekdays and Sundays.

  • How many people can fit in a canoe?
  • You can fit two adults and two kids (10 and under) in a canoe or can also fit 3 adults in a canoe

  • Are there any age requirements to canoe?
  • There are no minimum/maximum age requirements when rivers conditions are normal. One of the great advantages of canoeing is that anyone regardless of skill level can participate. With that said it is important to know your and your children's limitations and to not take a trip longer than you are comfortable. When water conditions are high unexperienced canoeist and children are allowed in rafts only.

  • What is the weight capacity for a canoe?
  • A canoe can typically hold roughly 500 pounds. People heavier than 250 pounds are not advised to go on a kayak. The bow (front) of the canoe is usually the best seat for a larger person.

  • What are the requirements for reservations?
    River Trip reservations require a 100% prepayment. Reservation guarantees you boats on your chosen day and time. Reservations are always recommended especially on wee When does the season start and end?
  • Our season is from April 1st through the end of October 31st. We operate 7 days a week. Reservations are required during the months of April and October.
  • Are reservations recommended?
    Yes reservations are highly recommended. Reservations expedite the check-in process. Busy weekends are known to sell out. The easiest way to make a reservation is online or by calling our friendly staff at 740-385-8685 ext 4.
  • Do you provide a shuttle service for personal boats?
    Yes shuttle service to our drop off points for a canoe or kayak is 1/2 price of the desired trip. Reservations are highly recommended for this service. We do not transport personal tubes or rafts.
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

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 $36 per canoe or $23 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 $46 per canoe or $28 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 $58 per canoe or $34 per kayak. Reservations are highly recommended for this trip.

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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 $75 per canoe, 55 per kayak for the all day trip or $95 per canoe, 60 for the kayak for the overnight trip. The overnight trip includes one night of camping. Reservations are required for this trip.

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Sugar Grove

Sugar Grove

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