The Most Epic Staycations in Hocking Hills, Ohio

If you dream of a unique getaway surrounded by caves, waterfalls, and an enchanting forest, look no further. Relax and unplug in some of the most dreamy rentals near Hocking Hills, Ohio. I’ve been peeping through Instagram, VRBO, and Airbnb to find the coziest spots for your next Ohio adventure. I have visited many of these incredible rentals and can verify that they are, in fact, some of the most unique and inspiring stays that you’ll find in the Midwest—the mecca of exciting vacation rentals. So grab your bonfire pals and your favorite pair of sweatpants, and prepare to escape into your outdoor fantasy.

Located only 1-hour away from Columbus, Ohio, Hocking Hills State Park is an outdoor dream full of misty waterfalls, hiking trails, rock houses, and so much more. Hocking Hills is the perfect location to escape for a few nights to reconnect with nature! 

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The Cliffs - Cantwell Lodge

You may have seen this luxurious lodge floating around Instagram and community pages as one of the best backyards in the United States, and for a good reason. The Cliffs host a breathtaking lodge under soaring trees, towering rocks, and rushing waterfalls.

There are two seasonal waterfalls on the property, one that creates a unique swimming experience. This incredible blue pool is heated during most seasons and eco-efficiently maintained to ensure guests have the most enchanting experience. In addition, Cantwell Lodge is large enough to host 18-people parties with tons of cozy sleeping spaces, iconic full-length windows in many bedrooms and living rooms, a hot tub, AND a secret game room.

Images taken during my stay at the Cantwell Lodge on 3/2/2023

If traveling with a smaller group, you can also visit their newly built bungalows that make you feel like you were picked up and dropped into the middle of the Swiss Alps. There newly added infinity pool that was modeled after the enchanting Umpqua hot springs in Oregon are a daydream of perfection, and a benefit to all those staying at the bungalow cabins. 

Hocking Hills Treehouse Cabins

Whether you are looking for a unique family vacation, a romantic getaway, or time to unplug and reconnect with nature, our one-of-a-kind Hocking Hills Treehouse Cabins will take your stay in the Hocking Hills region to a new height.

The Treehouses are located on a beautiful & secluded 15-acre lot with functionality in mind. The experience of soaking in a wood-fired hot tub — from the crackling fire, the rich, natural aroma of cedar infused with wood smoke while relaxing outside in nature – makes for extraordinary times. These cedar-lined tubs give guests the peaceful tranquility of a modern hot tub with the tradition of a Japanese-style soaking tub. There are a few different treehouse cabins on the property: 

During my last trip to Hocking Hills, I stayed at the Maple Treehouse, with two bedrooms, a wood-burning hot tub, a fire pit, swing and stocked with board games for hours of entertainment.

Left image was collected from their website. The two images to the right were captured at the Maple Treehouse during my stay on 2.26.2023.

Idyll Reserve

Idyll describes an extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque episode or scene, which is precisely what you’ll get when you book a stay with Idyll Reserve. Relax in one of their unique Hygge Supply retreats, perfect for solo travelers, friends, couples, or families. All cabins include an outdoor hot tub, fire pit, private deck, or mud room designed for eco-conscious living. Fall in love with their modern designs with simplicity and convenience in the forefront!

Located in the middle of the enchanting Hocking Hills, the Idyll Reserve cabins have everything you could want and more. There are five cabins on the property, each with their own unique style and appeal. 

Images captured in the South Cabin. Multiple cabins are on their property, so check out their website and see which works best for you!

The Acres

The Acres Cabin is a private, secluded, five-bedroom cabin in the heart of Hocking Hills. The cabin is located on 78 acres of private land with panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. There’s nothing but unlimited beauty at this cabin.

The interior features vaulted ceilings with exposed beams and knotty pine walls that give the cabin a rustic, but modern feel. Five bedrooms and three full bathrooms comfortably accommodate up to fourteen guests. The living room has a large fireplace for those chilly winter nights when you want to sit by the fire and relax. Or, enjoy the outdoor hot tub, fire pit, or indoor/outdoor fireplace to relax under the stars after a long day of hiking or exploring the area.

The Acres Cabin is located about six miles from Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave, making it an ideal location for families who want to enjoy all that Hocking Hills has to offer without feeling like they’re too far away from civilization!

These images were captured at The Arces during my stay on 3.23.2023.

The Oasis Treehouse

You’ve heard it before, but it’s true: nature is good for the soul. If you’re not lucky enough to live in an area with a ton of trees and wildlife, sometimes it can be hard to get your nature fixed.

Luckily, there are options. Oasis Treehouse is a unique vacation rental in Hocking Hills, Ohio. And it’s the perfect place to escape for a few days and reconnect with nature.

This treehouse is perfect for parties of 2-4, with a 1-bedroom queen and full pull-out bed on the bottom level. Imagine walking up to the sounds of fish jumping out of the lake, watching the water glisten as the sun sets over the water, and roasting marshmallows outback at your cozy fire pit.  

Check out my tour of the Oasis Treehouse during my visit as their first guest! 

These images were captured at The Oasis Treehouse during my stay on 3.21.2023.

The Box Hop

The Box Hop has three unique, modern shipping container cabins nestled among the trees. Each cabin offers a different experience and style of décor, but they all share the same love and coziness.

The Box Hop cabins have been entirely furnished by Scandinavia Design. Each cabin has a full kitchen, gas fireplace, and hot tub. These modern shipping container cabins offer true escapism for those seeking adventure who want to come home to warmth and comfort at night.

The Box Hop is the perfect getaway for couples or small groups who want to escape everyday life for a few days. Enjoy all 18.5 acres of this private retreat with hiking trails winding through the woods or sit out on your patio and enjoy nature scenes from every window in your cabin.

Images collected from Airbnb.

Dunlap Hollows

The Dunlap Hollow Cabins are a collection of unique properties that offer guests the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Hocking Hills region in a secluded location. 

With a wood-burning stove and inviting outdoor space, Dunlap Hollow’s cozy yet secluded cottage is the quintessential Hocking Hills cabin experience.

Dunlap Hollow boasts a rugged landscape of cliffs, caves, seasonal waterfalls, and an impressive overlook. It provides a pristine example of the iconic Hocking Hills terrain without crowds. Guests of the cottage are welcome to hike the trails and experience the true essence of Dunlap Hollow.

Images taken at the Dunlap Hollow Cottage. 

Suppose you are looking for something a little more iconic. In that case, you can also check out Dunlap Hollow’s A-frame and their newly built cave house, which, as you can probably guess, is entirely built into a natural cave where modern meets old century, meets luxury.

Or, stay at the Dunlap Hollow’s A-Frame with a modern and striking design, including seating for ten inside and out, a full-service kitchen, and a suspended wood-burning stove — it’s the perfect backdrop for your getaway.

Dunlap Hollow A-frame and “The Cave” images collected from the Dunlap Hollows website.

The Dwell Box

The Dwell Box acres is a place created for you to experience the peace and tranquility of nature and the modern comforts of home hand-in-hand. All five of the treehouses, set in a forest on five acres, are different, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect one that speaks to you; Or you can rent them all, gathering with a group of friends or family in the lodge, while still having your private place to retreat to after the fun is had! 

Images collected from property website.

Crockets Run Cabins and Glamping

Nestled in 55 acres of wooded terrain, Crockett’s Run enchants travelers with its secluded lodges, cabins and bunkies, and cozy canvas bell tents. Walk along the crystal clear winding stream, take a swim in the small swimming hole, or listen to the water babbling right from your bed. Mingle with friends around the bonfire in our 9-foot-wide fire pit under a canopy of 60-foot-tall evergreens and the warm glow of string lights. 

Images collected from property website, courtesy of Rouxby Photography and Ashly Collins Photography. 

Or take a look at some other incredible stays around Hocking Hills State Park…

Chalets at Hocking Hills

Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway or family vacation, the Chalets at Hocking Hills are the perfect place for relaxation. Situated in secluded, wooded areas of the Hocking Hills Region, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views with luxurious amenities, including fireplaces, hot tubs, and beautiful finishings. Choose from over 50 premier cabins near the Hocking Hills State Parks, and begin your escape!

Images taken at the Blackjack cabin. 

You can also book a session in one of their sauna pods, one of my first stops when visiting Hocking Hill, and are open for anyone to book. You don’t even have to be a guest at the property! You can enjoy these barrel-shaped, cedar saunas featuring a floor-to-ceiling fish-eye window facing out into the majestic forest. This is a drive-up experience; no hiking is required. Step through the changing chamber to the sauna – hot and waiting! 

The Block House

The Blockhouse was designed in 2021 by owners, Kevin & Lisa Schmidlin. As the name implies, the building “blocks” of the home interlock together to create a fun, modern twist to a traditional cabin. It offers a little bit of everything to everyone in this secluded retreat nestled in the woods. Whether you seek refuge tucked away in the comforting cantilevered bedrooms or perhaps a touch of inspiration perched atop the scenic rooftop lounge, you’ll have plenty to enjoy here at The Blockhouse, both inside and out.

Images collected from property website.

Cozy Cabins Hocking Hills

Hocking Hills Cozy Cabins is a family-owned cabin rental nestled on 32 acres of land, located 6 miles away from Old Man’s Cave. This place offers a hot tub, wood burning outdoor fireplace, an indoor LP fireplace, an outdoor dining area with string lights, an outdoor soaking tub, and more!

The Morning Glory, which is their french inspired cottage, is a  2-bedroom cabin that can sleep up to 4 people comfortably. It features two full beds in one room and one queen bed in the other. The kitchen has everything you need for your stay. In the warmer month, pour yourself a bath in their outdoor tub while drinking tea and enjoying the calmness of nature!

Images collected from property website, and during my stay at the Morning Glory cabin on 2/28/2023.

Nova Cottage Shipping Container Hocking Hills

The Nova Cottage Shipping Container is in the heart of the awe-inspiring Hocking Hills and Lake Hope State Parks. The tiny house has one bedroom and one bath. They offer a well-stocked kitchen featuring an induction cooktop, toaster oven, microwave, and small refrigerator with a freezer. The front patio has rocking chairs perfect for watching the sun fall behind the hills. The covered back patio has comfortable patio furniture, a hot tub, and a macrame swing. Great for all types of weather! 

Images collected from property website. 

Hocking Hills Underground

For another unique experience, check out the Hocking Hills Underground.  The Underground Earth Home was built on the side of a hill on a private 25-acre lot in Hocking Hills, Ohio. This newly renovated and open floor plan is perfect for a couples weekend or family getaway, and the options for entertainment are endless!

Or you can stay at their Treehouse, only 12 minutes from Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, and Cedar Falls.

Images collected from VRBO.

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase from one of my links. If you do decide to use these links, thank you so much for your support! I recommend these rentals because I have personally stayed there, or would truly love to stay there in the future because I think they are unique and would leave a great impression your experience. 

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