By Becky Roley
Whether it’s heart-pounding thrills or a peaceful nature experience, High Rock Adventures and Hocking Hills Ecotours have an adventure just for you. All of the tours take place on beautiful, pristine private property less than a mile off of US Route 33 in the Hocking Hills. You’re sure to enjoy the natural forest and sandstone cliffs while making lots of fun memories on any one of these incredible experiences!
At High Rock Adventures & Hocking Hills Ecotours you can choose between several awesome fully-guided tours: Rock Climbing and Rappelling, the unique Rock Challenge Tour, a fun and educational Nature Tour, in-depth Edible Medicinal Plant tour, or the newest experience, Nature Therapy, for deep connection to the forest.
On all tours you’ll be led by experienced guides and any needed equipment is provided. The tours typically last 2.5 to 3 hours, depending mostly on group size. The Rock Challenge Express was designed for those on a tighter schedule at 1.5 to 2 hours.
Looking for high excitement!? Try the Rappelling Adventure, with rappels beginning at 35 feet to nearly 100 feet. No waiting on crowds or tying into trees, High Rock operates on gorgeous private property showcasing amazing cliffs and rock features, utilizing state-of-the-art Petzl stainless steel anchoring systems. This tour is a great blend of nature and adrenaline!
You’ll experience three different types of rappels: flat wall, canyon and a massive overhang. You can even decide to try the rappel upside down on part of the last big rappel. Rappelling is less physically demanding than rock climbing but doesn’t sacrifice any excitement. All the gear and instruction are provided, no experience necessary.
Seeking to really challenge yourself? Try Rock Climbing at High Rock, home to beautiful natural sandstone cliffs and rocks with climbing routes for all skill levels. You’ll be using a top rope system and belayed safely by an experienced guide. This tour provides climbing for the beginner or more advanced routes if you choose – 3 unique climbs of 35 to 70+ feet, or larger depending on the group’s abilities. Rock Climbing tours are the most physically challenging of all tours offered. The High Rock guides will instruct and encourage you every step of the way.
Want a great group adventure that stays a little closer to the ground? You will love the Rock Challenge Tour or the Rock Challenge Express with a variety of rock halls, squeezes, scrambles, crawls, and rope-assisted bouldering challenges. You will likely get a bit dirty on this tour and be challenged to do something unique and totally fun.
This is a fast-moving tour, perfect for larger groups or families. The rock obstacles are achievable by most and you are welcome to opt out of a particular challenge if you’re not comfortable. There is nothing like this exciting tour in the Hocking Hills.
Do you love nature and want to learn more about the flora and fauna of the Hocking Hills? Slow things down a bit and enjoy the Natural High Tour with Hocking Hills Ecotours, sister company at High Rock Adventures.
On this fully-guided nature hike you will be immersed in the beautiful fern-covered, mature forest while learning about area geology, history, and the many unique plants and majestic trees.
You’ll be invited to experience 2 of the easier rock challenges on this tour as an option. For many it will likely have you looking forward to a return soon for more adventures.
If you’d like to combine even more education with your experience, you’ll want to take the Edible and Medicinal Forest Tour.
Have fun tasting, smelling, and learning about many different plants and trees. Several of the plants will change throughout the year so the tour will be unique to the season. Bring a notebook, camera, and your sense of adventure.
New for 2021, escape from everyday chaos and reconnect to life through the Nature Therapy Experience. Find tranquility as you quiet your mind and awaken to the healing power of the forest. Based on the ancient practice of forest bathing, this is not bathing in the general sense.
You will be immersed in the forest itself through a meditative walk in the serene woods of Cool Rock Valley. Along the path, you will be invited to connect with nature through guided activities designed to bring awareness to the present moment. This type of relaxing experience has been well documented to create lasting benefits for your mind, body, and spirit.
Go to www.highrockadventures.com to find your perfect Hocking Hills Adventure!
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