Rock House is unique in the Hocking Hills Region, as it is the only true cave in the park. It is a tunnel-like corridor situated midway up a 150-foot cliff of Blackhand sandstone. Rock House is a favorite during the summer months because of the cool nature of the massive rocks. It was used for shelter by past visitors like Native Americans who used hominy holes, small recesses in the rear wall of Rock House, that served as baking ovens for them. By building a fire in the small recesses, the rock became heated on all sides, and food could be baked in this manner. According to local folklore, other not so welcome visitors frequented Rock House – robbers, horse thieves, murderers and even bootleggers earned Rock House its reputation as Robbers Roost. http://www.hockinghills.com
Hocking Hills in Logan, Ohio is a series of parks in one great huge state forest. On our trip we drove past several of the other parks in the forest but went hiking only in this one. While not as colorful as in days gone by, today’s visitors to Rock House are there for the scenery, exercise, camping of all levels from basic to “glamping”, and photography – of course. The trail around this area is only about 1.5 miles but it is a strenous trek with one area posted for hikers to be careful as there is a hazardous cliff and four areas having steps that one must traverse carefully. And I don’t mean nice even steps either. We are talking hewn out of rock steps! It made for some interesting – and a bit scary for this novice – hiking.
There are maps for each area with the hiking trails mapped out telling you how long the trails are, how many steps there are, where parking, picnic areas, hills, and latrines are as well. Yes! latrines! I shudder when I recall that latrine but when in the forest…..