A recent Travel Lens study of Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews, Instagram popularity and Google search data showed that Ohio’s Hocking Hills State Park is one of the nation’s fastest growing in popularity and is ranked as on the nation’s most beautiful state parks. Cited for one-of-a-kind travel experiences and mind-blowing natural beauty, Hocking Hills State Park ranks fourth in the nation for beauty and is ranked sixth in the U.S. for increased popularity, following Niagara Falls and California’s Redwoods.

With more than 13,000 acres of unbroken forest, travelers give the region five-star reviews for spectacular scenery marked by deep gorges, lush forests, soaring rock faces, unique rock formations and stunning waterfalls. The Hocking Hills region’s unique outdoor and arts experiences sparked a record number of searches and positive reviews, causing it to surge in popularity. Travelers research and book their travel at ExploreHockingHills.com or by calling 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio’s Hocking Hills’ miles of wooded trails offer extraordinary hikes in winter and every season. Spring through fall, night moth lightings, hands-on butterfly experiences, canopy tours, kayaking, pontoon boats and more give visitors even more opportunities to immerse themselves in the beautiful nature of Ohio’s Hocking Hills.  A visit to John Glenn Astronomy Park shows the region’s dark skies awash in stars and planets with educational programming on weekends giving visitors a fascinating astronomy lesson, complete with incredible access to high-powered telescopes.

Local artists open their studios and help visitors to tap their inner artists with lessons in glass blowing, painting or ceramics. Unique galleries, gift and antique shops are home to wonderful locally crafted and hidden treasures. The region is also home to loads of affordable and truly unique accommodations, from cabins in the woods, cottages, hotels and country inns, to treehouses, yurts, geodomes, hobbit houses, a cabin built into an actual cave — and even more unusual lodging. A salt cave, woodland spas and sauna pods add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug any time of year.

Complete traveler information is available ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).