how to elope to the hocking hills

Hocking Hills is a stunning landscape with deep, fern-lined gorges, sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, lakes, a river, fantastic foliage, and epic vistas. The area hosts unique lodging options - everything from camping to lodging with onsite wedding and event spaces. The Hocking Hills State Park offers easy access to nature and excellent opportunities for elopement photography.

Here's the ultimate local guide on how to elope to the Hocking Hills.





pick a time of day

pick a location

pick a date

don't forget a plan B

What happens if it rains? Or if Hocking Hills State Park is closed due to flooding or icing? Always have a backup plan in place.

Choosing a time of day depends heavily on location, lighting, the crowds, and how accessible the site is for couples and their guests.

Some locations, like Ash Cave, are easily accessible year-round. Others might be dangerous in certain seasons.

Some couples pick a date that is significant to them, like an anniversary. Others choose randomly.

The Hocking Hills offers a wide variety of lodging options - from camping to lodging compounds with onsite event spaces. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway for two or hosting a gathering, the Hocking Hills has something to fit your needs.

find your lodging

Check out the guide HOW TO FIND LODGING for more info.

Apply for a permit

If you are hosting your ceremony in Hocking Hills State Park, you must apply for a wedding permit through the park office. The process is easy and free. No permit is required if you are hosting your ceremony at a cabin, lodge, or venue. Some locations, like Saltpetre Cave, require a separate permit to enter the preserve.

call the park office at 740-385-6842 extension 250 to apply


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Plan Your Stay

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Food, hiking, and activity recommendations.


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I knew without a doubt that Elizabeth would be the only person for our special day. We loved her down-to-earth style and easy-going nature and felt so relaxed. She knew exactly what we wanted and didn't make us feel awkward or too posed as both my husband and I are a bit camera shy! Our time with Elizabeth felt so fun and effortless. Once we got the photos back, we were absolutely amazed by her work and our friends, coworkers, and family members still talk about the way she captured the spirit of us on such a magical day.

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