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Hocking Hills State Park announces plans for reopening

Most of the park will be reopened by July 2.

Hocking Hills State Park, which has been closed since early-April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will mostly be reopened by July 2, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced on Thursday.

Located in Southeast Ohio, the park was the first and only state park in Ohio to close due to the coronavirus. In reopening, the park has made adjustments to its trail patterns, signage and maps in order to better accommodate physical distancing practices.

Areas permitted to reopen on June 15 include Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs and several areas of the Hocking Hills State Forest. The park will also be reopening its cabins for those with preexisting reservations on July 2 and is accepting new reservations for arrival dates beginning on July 15. Any State Park cabin and campground reservations for arrivals through July 1 will automatically be canceled, with a full refund issued to the original form of payment, if possible.

Those looking to make reservations can do so by visiting reserveohio.com or by calling 1-866-644-6775.

“The health and safety of the public is our number one concern, and we are moving carefully and deliberately before reopening,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “With safety precautions in place, we look forward to welcoming visitors back to continue exploring these popular areas of Hocking Hills State Park.”

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