Sunday, April 22, 2012

Scenic Sunday: Hocking Hills

Every year since C was born, we plan a camping trip around his birthday. In 2008, we drove to Celina, Ohio, which is about an hour and a half away. In 2009, we headed out to Hueston Woods, only about an hour way. In 2010, though, we took our longest trip yet and rented a cabin near Hocking Hills. It took us about 3 hours to get there, and boy, was it worth it!

I'm kind of sheltered, you see. I mean, I've been out of Ohio before. Twice. And one of those times, we weren't even supposed to leave Ohio. My dad ended up taking a wrong turn when looking for a hotel in Cincinnati a few years back, so we ended up in Kentucky. And I went to Indiana once. I don't remember why.

I've never seen the ocean. Or actual mountains. So, when I saw the rising hills on the edge of the Appalachian Plateau, I was in love. In fact, I loved it so much that I didn't want to leave and we hadn't even found our cabin yet. I had never seen anything so beautiful.

We stayed in Glouster, Ohio at the Burr Oak Cabin, which, might I add, is absolutely gorgeous, and totally affordable. I believe it's $100 per night for 6 to 7 people. Not to mention, the owner is super friendly and helpful.
It was a steal, for sure. We had never stayed at a cabin that was so accommodating. We quickly realized that we had over packed. I mean, there was soap, shampoo, conditioner, tissues, toilet paper, cooking utensils, pots, pans, glasses, plates, towels---need I go on? And all for a deal!

The beauty of the place is unreal, especially from the cabin itself. It's tucked back in the woods, and only a stone's throw from Burr Oak Lake. From the deck, you could see the lake glistening through the trees.

This is a picture from the side of the cabin.
Another photograph looking into the woods from the hammock.
Looking over the back deck.
Besides the cabin, there were plenty of other things to see in the area. Old Man's Cave is about 40 minutes away from the cabin. The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway in Nelsonville is only about 20 minutes away. We ordered tickets for C's birthday. It was so much fun. After you leave the station, you stop at a little old village with log cabins, an old school house, and a general store. We even got to see some animals!

A beautiful hawk.

Little log cabin.

C with a dunce cap in the school house.
A slithery snake. *Shudder*
We had a blast, and like I said, the place is absolutely gorgeous, especially if you're sheltered like me. LOL. If you ever head out that way, you should check it out. Hocking Hills is a place to make memories because it's a place that you'll never forget.

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