Zip Lining in Ohio: the way to see the Hocking Hills

You can explore the forest on foot. You can also do it while soaring through the canopy of the forest. Travelers visit places like Costa Rica, the reported birthplace of the canopy tour/zip line, to do just that. But they don’t often visit southeastern Ohio for the activity. But they should.

On a recent trip to Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio, not very far from where I grew up, I explored the forests in more depth than I ever had on weekend trips as a child. And by that I mean, I went zip lining (sidenote:  I also rode in a hot air balloon for the first time and as cheesy as that might seem to you, believe me, it is fan-freaking-tabulous. You should do it.). It was my first time going zip lining and I was excited. Hocking Hills Canopy Tours took me out for the adventure and as I ascended higher and higher toward the perfectly blue April sky, I had this “man, everyone should try this” feeling.The guides were sassy and simultaneously thoroughly helpful. The landscape was breathtaking. The lines were long and I sped quickly from tree to tree. The three hour tour felt more like 30 minutes. I can’t wait to do it again.

If you’re one of those people who thinks Ohio is all flat; think again. Southeastern Ohio is, in fact, Appalachia. And it is filled with gorgeous rolling hills. The kind you should eye from above.

By:  Elizabeth Seward, Photos By: Ben Britz

4 thoughts on “Zip Lining in Ohio: the way to see the Hocking Hills

  1. Hi,

    Wow, looks like you had a great trip! I thought you might be interested in participating in a contest the Hocking Hills Tourism Association is hosting, which offers the winner a full weekend getaway package for two in the Hocking Hills.

    To enter the “I Love the Hocking Hills!” video contest, you enter a 30-60 second video via the Hocking Hills Tourism Association video submission site- where you share a video of why you love Hocking Hills.

    Video contest rules are:

    • Videos must be in front of a Hocking Hills landmark or attraction.
    • The video must be no more than 60 seconds.
    • All videos posted on the submission site will be kept on page.
    • A panel of judges selected by the Hocking Hills Tourism Associatin will select the winning video.

    The winner will receive a cottage for two for two nights provided by At Boulder’s Edge Tipi & Cabin Retreat, dinner for two at The Brass Ring, lunch for two at Etta’s Lunchbox Museum and Café, tickets for two on the Hocking Hills Canopy Tour Zipline Adventure and a Fun Package for two at Hocking Valley Canoe Livery.

    To submit your video sharing why you love Hocking Hills, visit

    Looking forward to your submission,

    Hocking Hills Tourism Association

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