Please STAY ON THE TRAILS. Getting off the trails can and often does result in injury and death especially if one gets too close to the side of a cliff. In many of the areas of the Hocking Hills there is no cell phone service and rescue crews have a difficult time reaching people as the area is so remote. So please be safe rather than sorry!
There have been some very bad accidents in the Hocking Hills when people get off the trails.
The Hocking Hills Tourism Association came up with ten reasons to stay on the trails. They are meant to be humorous and encourage hikers to stay on the designated trail:
- Getting lost in the woods will make you late for you spa appointment.
- You can’t go in the hot tub with a cast on your leg.
- There are better ways to see the Hocking Hills from the air than by Medevac.
- We can’t guarantee the ranger that rescues you will be a hottie.
- Get up close and personal with animals at the Columbus Zoo, not because your foot is wedged in rocks and you can’t move.
- If you fall to the bottom of a ravine there’s a good chance critters will relieve themselves on you.
- You can’t zipline with your arm in a sling.
- The Hocking Valley Community Hospital is lovely but the rooms do not come with hot tubs.
- If your new bride “disappears” from the trail there’s a good chance she will be the lead story on the evening news and not in a good way.
- You will really upset our park rangers.
All kidding aside, your safety is the number one reason to stay on the trails. Getting off the trails can lead to serious if not fatal mistakes that could be avoided if one just remains on the designated trails. That way you can go home and tell everyone what a GREAT time you had in the Hocking Hills.