Out-of-staters are unaware of the incredible beauty that Hocking Hills brings to Ohio. I can return time and time again and still be in awe of the waterfalls, cliffs and coves of Hocking Hills. Campsites are accessible to all by car and offer an affordable way to spend the weekend in the caves. With miles and miles of hiking possibility this is not the place for a backpacking trip but rather a camp and day hike trip. Be sure to visit Conkles Hollow and Old Man's Cave for stunning rock formations and waterfalls. And for an incredibly exciting cave, take a trip to Rock House.
I visited Burr Oak for the first time last September during Labor Day weekend. Surprisingly we rarely saw anybody else on the trails during our 3 day hike around the lake. The first night we stayed in a small camp group on the water. The sites were right up against each other and were mostly occupied by car campers. Luckily nobody wanted the site next to the bathrooms so we had it all to ourselves in our little tent. The second night we stayed at the main campground and were treated to showers and ice cream (what a luxury)! The campsites here were close but very surrounded by woods which was nice for the shade. We loved our three days of hiking around the lake, up and down hills and through wetlands. I can't wait to return.
I love Zaleski and have returned multiple times. These campgrounds and hiking trails are my go-to for a weekend backpacking trip. Rarely have I seen other hikers on the same trails but we always meet people at camp. The terrain has many climbs and descents and takes you along ridges, through valleys, and along forest floors.
All of the campsites have multiple areas for different hikers and each is relatively secluded from the others so you can be by yourself. All campsites have an outhouse and potable water all within easy reach from all camping areas. I've never felt cramped by other campers and we've always had a great spot to make a fire, hang our food, and put up a line for our clothes to dry on (if needed).