Helicopter pilots are in constant danger of action stars climbing aboard their craft and throwing them out; kayakers, however, need only fear falling helicopter pilots. Steer an unstealable vessel with today's Groupon: for $17, you get a canoe or kayak rental at Hocking Valley Canoe Livery and Fun Center in Logan (a $34 value). This deal can be used toward any of the company's trips, except for their moonlight tours.
Still paddling strong in its 35th year, Hocking Valley Canoe Livery and Fun Center offers relaxing adventures complemented by beautiful Ohio sightseeing on the meandering Hocking River. The outfitter puts wake-makers into one of its several canoes or kayaks before guiding them along one of the river's predetermined routes. Trip 1 is a one- to two-hour five-mile excursion ideal for beginners that offers secluded hills, rock formations, and abundant wildlife ideal for the brain's desktop wallpaper ($21 for a single kayak, $34 for a canoe or double kayak). Other trips include Trip 2, a seven-mile two- to three-hour traverse from the blackhand sandstone Natural Rockbridge to the Livery, suited to musclebound arms seeking a stronger rowing challenge ($26 for a single kayak, $44 for a canoe or double kayak).
Potential paddle pullers and slightly scaly river creatures slowly transitioning out of their human form should take a look at the departure schedule for a daily schedule of upcoming trips. Suggested things to bring along include a change of clothing, a trash bag to keep valuables dry, hat, sunblock, food and drink, and insecticide to ward off the botanical attacks of Swamp Thing.
Hocking Hills Adventures
The rock bridge spans more than 100 feet in length, arching to a height of 50 feet as it connects to the opposing shores of the Hocking River. As kayakers glide beneath it, they look up at eons of natural history: a bridge carved out by centuries of glacial waters that eroded the sandstone away particle by particle. They gaze up at the awesome spectacle until a white-tailed deer dashes along the shore, stealing their focus.
Hocking Hills Adventures' outdoor enthusiasts continue to provide connections to moments such as these, just as they have for more than 30 years. The staff furnishes gear such as canoes and inner tubes for river trips, during which sportsmen may glimpse river dwellers such as leatherback turtles and kingfishers sneaking sandwiches from unsuspecting picnickers. Dedicated to keeping the river clean for future generations, the staff also regularly engages in conservation efforts, including sponsorship of the annual Hocking River Cleanup
Back at the fun center, crews oversee amusements that range from go-kart rides to mini golf. With such a multiplicity of diversions, Hocking Hills' team often customizes recreational packages for its guests that combine several activities. To help visitors enjoy the area for more than a day, the grounds also affords outdoorsmen lodging, including riverside campgrounds and Amish camper cabins.