Hocking County


Hocking County's name derives from the Delaware word Hock-hock-ing, which means bottle. The term indicates the shape of the Hocking River, which flows through the area.

The Ohio General Assembly formed Hocking County on Jan. 3, 1818. Ross, Fairfield and Athens counties contributed land to the new county. Officials designated the village of Logan as the county seat. Hocking County's permanent settlers were mostly of German and British origin, and they generally came from Pennsylvania and Virginia. Several groups of German colonists emigrated directly from their homeland. By 1880 about 41 percent of the county's population was of German descent.

Business Opportunities

Hocking County's industrial base is varied, with longtime employers in the brick and refractory industries, joined by automotive component suppliers, timber and hardwood processors, high-tech powder metallurgists and others. Manufacturing remains Hocking County's largest employer and is supported by a stable and dedicated workforce. Hocking County has abundant raw materials and energy, a fully developed infrastructure, a strong work ethic, a business-friendly environment, and a healthy manufacturing tax base. A rural community close to the big city, the area features affordable and safe neighborhoods and a variety of recreational activities, many of which take place in the scenic Hocking Hills.
Business Growth and Potential
Hocking County is less than an hour from the state capital, Columbus, and major east-west and north-south interstates. The area's natural advantages have led to impressive economic development success. The region's leaders are aggressively promoting its tourism industry, which is the second largest (and growing) in the state, but they realize that real economic progress demands balanced development, blending commercial and industrial employment with the jobs created by tourism. The city of Logan offers a revolving loan fund to start-ups or existing businesses in its urban area. The fund, designed to fill the gap before a company is ready for bank financing, is intended to encourage job creation in the area.

Major Employers
Amanda Bent Bolt Co.
Hocking Valley Community Hospital
Kroger Co.
Logan-Hocking Local Board of Education
Smead Manufacturing Co.
State of Ohio
U.S. Industries/Selkirk Metalbestos

Natural Resources
Hocking County's mineral resources include coal, clay, shale and petroleum. The major commodity is cattle.

Business Support Organizations
Logan and much of the county are designated Enterprise Zones and Community Investment Areas, which can provide employers important tax advantages.

Logan-Hocking Chamber of Commerce & Community Improvement Corporation
4 E. Hunter Street
Logan OH 43138
(740) 385-6836

Educational Opportunities

  • Hocking College in nearby Nelsonville is an easy drive for many residents of Hocking County. It is Ohio's largest two-year technical school (5,500 students) and offers the only two year ceramics engineering program in the country. Internationally known for its innovative work-learn programs, Hocking College partners with local employers to provide on-campus or in-house training.
  • Tri-County Vocational School offers job-specific technical training to 700 high school students, more than 600 full-time adult students enrolled in the adult education center and more than 2,000 students enrolled in part-time courses.

Tourism and Lifestyle

Hocking County is best known for Hocking Hills region containing thick forests, cascading waterfalls, deep rocky gorges and amazing rock formations. The Hocking Hills region is home to nine state parks, more than 9,000 acres of state forest land, part of the Wayne National Forest, four nature preserves and one of the largest metro parks in the state. Within the Hocking Hills State Park system are Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, Conkle's Hollow, Rock House and Cantwell Cliffs. Other attractions in Hocking County include Lake Logan State Park, one of the best fishing lakes in Ohio; Hocking Canal Locks; Natural Rock Bridge, the largest natural bridge in Ohio; Saltpeter Caves; Tar Hollow State Park; and Rockbridge State Nature Preserve. These facilities offer swimming, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding and camping. Nature trails provide the best in hiking and biking for novices and experts alike.

Attractions and Points of Interest
  • The Bowen House in Logan is a community center for arts and education.
  • The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway provides visitors with a ride through the beautiful hills of southeastern Ohio aboard an old-time passenger train.
  • Hocking County Historical Society in Logan operates the Schempp House Museum.
  • The Paul Bunyan Show at Hocking College in nearby Nelsonville draws thousands of visitors every October.
  • Adventure Mini Golf at Rempel's Grove in Logan is a beautiful and challenging 18-hole miniature golf course featuring flowers, caves, waterfalls with original wildlife carvings and a petting zoo.
  • Hocking Hills Family Fun Center in Rockbridge has recreational activities such as miniature golf, go-carts, driving range, bungee trampoline, game room and sand volleyball courts.
  • Mule expeditions through Hocking Hills State Park can be arranged at Mountainman Mule Expedition in Laurelville.
Famous People
The city of Logan's founder, Thomas Worthington, was a Hocking County native. Chief Leatherlips, who was executed by his tribe because of his loyalty to whites, and Chief Logan, also known as James John Logan, the Mingo leader whose love of whites turned to hatred after the massacre of his family, were also from Hocking County.

Visitor Information

Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Hocking Hills Tourism Association
13178 State Route 664 South
Logan, OH 43138
(800) 462-5464

Fairfield County Airport is 30 minutes to the north in Lancaster and features a 5,000-foot runway for both private and freight charter service. Port Columbus International Airport, 50 miles north of Logan, provides national and international passenger travel and air freight options. Rickenbacker Airport, 40 miles south of Columbus, is a freight-only facility with its FTZ (Foreign Trade Zone) status, offering many air freight options.

Car Rental
Quality Auto Rental
580 W. Hunter St.
Logan, OH 43138
(740) 385-8537

Travel Agent
AAA Travel Agency
82 W. Main St.
Logan, OH 43138
(740) 385-8595

Hocking Valley Community Hospital, 601 State Route 664 N, Logan, OH 43138
(740) 380-8000

CARENOW, 601 State Route 664 N, Logan, OH 43138
(740) 380-8000

Kachelmacher Memorial Inc., 755 State Route 664 N, Logan, OH 43138
(740) 385-3139

Someone Cares Inc., 61 N. Market Street, Logan, OH 43138
(740) 388-2273

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Ash Cave, Hocking Hills State Park
Old Man’s Cave, Hocking Hills State Park
Conkles Hollow
Rock House, Hocking Hills State Park
Rockbridge State Nature Preserve
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