Everyone needs a break from the city now and then. In Columbus, you're lucky, because only 45 minutes southeast of downtown, you can really get the sense that you're getting away from your daily routine - both by getting your adrenaline pumping through adventure, and by disconnecting from the world and relaxing.
Southeast Ohio's Hocking Hills region offers all of that and more. Set among hemlock forests and steep gorges with rushing waterfalls, the Hocking Hills have been a special place of rejuvenation for centuries. One way to take in the beauty of the Hocking Hills and scream your worries away is with a zip at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours . With 10 zip lines, five rope bridges and guides who know the finer points of ecology and make you feel safe, it’s a great adventure! Most people, even in they’re afraid of heights, have a great time during this 2 ½-hour tour. My wife and I zipped with her family last summer, and every one of us felt exhilarated!
If you’re truly brave, you shouldn’t miss the Super Zip – a super-fast zipline you fly down “Superman” style. It takes you directly over the gorgeous Hocking River, which you’ll see if you can keep your eyes open!
After your blood is pumping, you can relax with a canoe or kayak trip down the river with Hocking Hills Canoe Livery and Hocking Hills Adventures. The outfitter offers two trip lengths, so if you’re feeling strong, go for the seven-mile paddle. Along the banks, you’ll likely see lots of wildlife, and great scenery.
When you’re too tired out to do anything more, check into Glenlaurel Scottish Country Inn . It’s truly a world-away, with a refined Scottish Highlands theme and luxurious rooms. If you can catch dinner there, you may just be serenaded by bagpipes. Schedule time to lounge around your room in the soft robes, and enjoy the beds, stuffed to the hilt with goosedown.
The best part about all this? Downtown Columbus is so close! The Hocking Hills are a great reason to tack another day onto your Columbus getaway.