Hocking Hills is about an hour from our home in Columbus, so this was the perfect way to getaway for a quick night. We packed our bags and headed out. Once you turn off the highway, cell phone coverage goes by the wayside. If you’re like me and you’re constantly hearing ding-ding-ding from your cell phone, the little ‘x’ above your reception bar is glorious. We USED A MAP to get to Conkle’s Hollow, a trail I haven’t been on before. There are two options – a paved out and back which takes you to a handful of waterfalls; or a rim trail that is a little bit more challenging. We were running behind (too many tacos at Condado on the way out of town) so we opted for the shorter trail. The shade and silence was so refreshing after leaving a busy morning of work behind and it was the perfect way to lay the groundwork for a fantastic trip.
Eventually we made our way (with our map!!) to Cherry Ridge Retreat. The adults only retreat is located in New Plymouth, a few miles from Hocking Hills and a little off the beaten path. The property prides itself in privacy and seclusion, each of its 9 cabins nestled into a perfect place in the woods.
Our cabin, Whispering Pines, came complete with a grill, fireplace, private pond, and hot tub, but my favorite characteristic was the massive picture window overlooking the forest. I could have sat there all evening, but TJ was ready to explore. Although the individual cabins are extremely private, there is a communal gazebo and lake meant for socializing with your “neighbors”.
We followed the trail from our cabin down to the lake, TJ totally prepared with his fishing pole! The lake was amazing. For the fisherman, it is stocked with blue gill and bass and catch & release fishing is welcomed. For the exhausted mom, sun soaked lounge chairs beckoned.
It’s easy to work up an appetite hiking in Hocking Hills. Cherry Ridge Retreat has a list of great restaurants in the area, but I recommend bringing your own food and cooking up a wonderful meal. You can dine inside at the bar or alfresco at the picnic table overlooking your private pond. We took advantage of the Fire Package providing guests with all of the tools needed for a fantastic bonfire, and in my case, s’mores!
As summer is slowly fading to fall and Ohio’s foliage will be at its best, consider booking a night at Cherry Ridge Retreat. You won’t regret immersing yourself in nature with some luxury amenities. Next time I visit, I want to see The Observatory Cabin ❤
(Pro Tip: Stop by Kindred Spirits at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls for a fantastic breakfast on your way out of town!)
Here are a few extra pics to share from our cabin!