Call Us Toll Free: 800-686-0386 info@hockinghillscanoeing.com
View of Cabins: Rustic Camping along the scenic Hocking River

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!

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 $35 per canoe or $22 per kayak

Check Availability 

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 $44 per canoe or $26 per kayak 

Check Availability

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 $56 per canoe or $32 per kayak

Check Availability 

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 $70 per canoe for the all day trip or $90 per canoe for the overnight trip

Check Availability

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. The cost is $100 per canoe or $60 kayak

Check Availability 

Rush Creek

Rush Creek

Tube Loop

Relaxing Fun
Looking for something fun to do while camping at the Riverside Campground? Well grab a tube and head out on the river! Tubing is arguably one of summer''s most refreshing activities. We make tubing convenient and easy. Tubes depart directly from the Riverside Campground and end at one of nature's magnificent Natural Rockbridge. It is about a 4 mile trip and will take approximately 1-1.5 hours. When you arrive to Trip 2 Natural Rockbridge, buses will shuttle you back to the campground.

Check Availability

Tube Loop

Tube Loop

Boat Options