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.
The SuperGames staff help plan events that go off without a hitch, drawing on lessons learned over years of arranging everything from corporate picnics to kids’ birthday parties. Clients can enjoy themselves without worrying about setting up games or matching party favors to each participant’s astrological sign. Along with running the Adventure Education Center, SuperGames staff lead outdoor expeditions that build teamwork and foster a strong connection to nature through heart-to-heart talks with trustworthy tree branches.
Whether you're camping, kayaking, or canoeing along the Scioto River, the folks at Scioto Canoe Livery outfit adventurers for their treks through the wilderness. Open daily May through November, the livery rents out kayaks and canoes to paddlers, along with all the necessary equipment, such as paddles, life jackets, and gorilla masks to scare away snobby wildlife.
Charles Mill Marina and Pleasant Hill Marina provide anglers and aquatic enthusiasts with a hearty fleet of vessels built for relaxing and cultivating fun in absurdly oversized puddles. Hover above 1,350 acres of fish air on one of Charles Mill Marina's fishing boats, which offer plenty of room for pond pirates to stretch and tan their sea legs. In a 16-foot Alumacraft fishing boat, up to four fish wranglers will have up to 24 hours to go after elusive largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, and saugeye. In addition to the bouquet of boating devices available, Charles Mill Marina also hosts a full selection of fishing tackle and live bait inside its shop.
Carried Away Recreation specializes in serene moments. Its customers can paddle a solo kayak down a gentle river where they glean a swath of green leaves. They can race across the Amish countryside on a bike rental and stop after mile five for a glass of Zinfandel from a local winery. If they want to take to the outdoors with friends, they rent a double kayak or a series of inner tubes to make floating a social experience. Cardio kayaking classes also blend natural beauty with physical exertion as a guide leads paddlers down twists in the river while shouting out Simon Says commands.
There's no speed requirement on the Little Miami River—drifting leisurely on a tube is just as respectable as cutting through the water in a sleek kayak. Both vehicles afford scenic views, as well as opportunities to rest and swim. Of course, there's always the canoe to consider. The large boats fit up to three people, making them the most social of the three options at Bellbrook Canoe Rental. Pairs and trios can take them on one of two jaunts down the river's path: a 3-mile trip beginning at Bellbrook Bridge, or a 5.2-mile trip that departs from Narrows Reserve in Beavercreek.
Regardless of the route, each adventure satisfies first-time paddlers and expert boaters alike. The family-owned rental company has 160 canoes and kayaks that they lend to small groups as well as schools, scouting organizations, and astronauts who would prefer to ease into the water portion of their weightlessness training. For gatherings off the water, there's also three shelter houses available to customers free of charge.