The hike at Conkle’s Hollow was my favorite of all of the Hocking Hills trails we explored this visit. Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve is not a park of the State Park but it borders the Hocking Hills State Forest and is less than a ten minute drive from Old Man’s Cave. Conkle’s Hollow was the quietest and least busy of all the sites in the Hocking Hills Region that we visited. I believe that being somewhat separate from the park has a lot to do with that. When we visited, we only saw a handful of other people on the trails. Or course, once we got to the waterfall, there were children playing in the water, like at the other waterfalls. If you are planning a trip to Hocking Hills, don’t discount Conkle’s Hollow because of the drive!

The gorge trail is ADA accessible and was one of the easiest hikes we did in Hocking Hills. The mile long trail follows the river through rugged cliffs, lush greenery, and wildflowers. The small waterfall at the end was stunning in that the sunlight seemed to cascade along with the water into the cave. Of course, if you are into more rugged hikes and have more time than I, the 1.9 mile rim trail offers gorgeous views from the cliffs above. The photos from up there are phenomenal! This would be a great hike to take in the fall.

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