Amid its vibrant art scenes, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and various professional sports teams, the state of Ohio has a unique getaway gem shining among its buckeye trees. Located in Logan, Hocking Hills KOA Holiday presents itself as a peaceful escape full of adventure.
Hocking Hills KOA lives up to the Ohio lifestyle and culture, giving its visitors amenities, food, and nearby attractions that showcase everything the state offers.
Holiday Owner Justin Staten, who is also a first-time KOA owner, said they were “blown away” with the Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) system, professionalism, and 60 years of industry knowledge.
“I just did KOA-U[niversity] a couple of weeks ago, and KOA-U sold me on [the] KOA system, so I’m in for life. I would like to actually buy more KOA campgrounds. And we’re in the acquisition phase now, looking for more koa campgrounds,” he told Modern Campground at the recent KOA Convention and Expo in Orlando, Florida.
Hocking Hills KOA provides unique amenities for campers of all ages to enjoy, like its Gem Mining & Gold Panning activity for only $12 to $57, depending on the bucket used, and head to the 75′ mining sluice they purchase.
The recreational activity allows them to experience the “strike it rich” feel when their pans give them some genuine Placer gold. Their mining sluice is also open to the public for those not staying at the KOA while exploring their beautiful Hocking Hills region.
The campground also has an RC track, encouraging campers to bring their electric RC car and have a fun day driving their remote control cars during their stay. It also has a gaga ball activity, a game that gives them competition, fun, excitement, and a good amount of exercise for everyone.
The KOA’s other amenities include a swimming pool, a dog park, bird and wildlife watching, crafts and activities, bean bag toss, a playground, horseshoes, a giant Connect 4, and an activity room.
For visitors planning to satisfy their sweet tooth, Hocking Hills KOA encourages them to try out the campground’s delicious Fresh Home-Made Fudge. Their fudge presents itself as a great gift for their loved ones with flavors like dark chocolate caramel, sea salt, tiger butter, buckeye, chewy praline, and creme brulee.
Campers who prefer savory dishes can save themselves time from cooking and relax with the KOA’s Hunt Brothers Pizza and Wings, which they can partner with homemade fudge, hand-dipped ice cream, or fruit smoothies.
With the same namesake, the KOA is conveniently located near Hocking Hills State Park, hosting over four million visitors each year. It boasts 25 miles of hiking trails, pristine waterfalls, awesome rock formations, and abundant wildlife. It also provides public rappelling over Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, Rockhouse, Conkle’s Hollow, Cantwell Cliffs, and Lake Logan.
Another state park in the region is Lake Hope State Park, a natural paradise that covers 2,983 acres of land. It is located in the 26,824 acres of Zaleski State Forest in the valley of Big Sandy Run.
The state park is a rugged, heavily forested area surrounded by narrow gorges, steep gorges, and steep ridges. Remains of abandoned iron and mining manufacturing industries amidst the breathtaking landscape provide a lot of interest and enjoyment for photographers, hikers, history buffs, and nature lovers alike.
Hocking Hills KOA also has plenty of other local attractions perfect for hikers, nature lovers, art enthusiasts, and even kids. Click this link to learn more.
Starting with his campground, Staten hopes that in 2023 the outdoor industry will continue to grow and that KOA will play a vital role in that growth.
“The industry [is] continuing to grow, and people [are] falling in love with the outdoors, and I think KOA has got a great story to make that happen. So I think they’re going to be a big push in keeping the campground industry moving forward,” Staten said.
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