Our cabins are located at two secluded properties, just minutes from area attractions.
NATURE OF THE AREA
Our 45-acre Main Property is located high on a ridge in southwest Hocking County in an area of large tracts of unbroken forests that extend west through Tar Hollow State Forest and south into Vinton County. The cabins sit in the forest on a dead end gravel road serving only our cabins. Very little traffic will be encountered during your stay. From each of our cabins, no other cabins or homes are visible. Nearly one mile of scenic walking trails are provided. Some trails are steep and require sturdy footwear. Two benches located along the trails provide places to rest and enjoy the serene surroundings.
Click this link for a cool look at a large color aerial photo of our Main Property. Note how secluded our cabins are.
Our 12-acre Rocky Ridge Property is located in the scenic northern Hocking Hills atop a high ridge. Expansive forests surround the property in all directions. A 25-foot high cliffline is located just a few yards from the back of the cabin. The surrounding area is a little more populated than our Main Property, but the cabin sits privately in the woods. A short driveway leads to the cabin from a lightly used county road.
Our 37-acre park-like Laurel Ridge property is located just 1/4 mile north of our Rocky Ridge property. This spectacular property is intersected with amazing sandstone cliffs, some as high as 50'. An extensive stand of mountain laurel grows atop the cliffs. The cabin sits near the middle of this forested property and has a beautiful view to a valley floor through a break in the cliff line. Nearly 1.0 mile of hiking trails take you above and below the cliffs. No other structures can be seen from the cabin. A short driveway leads to the cabin from a lightly used county road. A conservation easement eternally protects the unique qualities of this property.
Except for the private drives leading back to our cabins, all roads leading to us are paved. Roads become a little narrow and bumpy in spots as you get within a few miles of our properties.
PROXIMITY TO ATTRACTIONS
Yes, our cabins are secluded but still only minutes from town and the parks. A full service grocery, post office and three family restaurants are located in Laurelville--just 8 miles away from our Main Property and 11 miles from Rocky Ridge and Laurel Ridge. Logan, the largest city in the area, is a scenic 20-mile drive away from our Main Property and 14 miles from Rocky Ridge and Laurel Ridge. Old Man's Cave State Park is 11 miles from our Main Property and 13 miles from Rocky Ridge and Laurel Ridge. Rock House and Cantwell Cliffs are both 6 miles from Rocky Ridge and Laurel Ridge. Other park distances vary. Click here to view our interactive attractions and activities map.
For your convenience, all customers receive a detailed regional map and a visitors guide in their cabin. These publications will guide you to all the parks and activities throughout the area.
WHAT TO BRING
All of your towels, linens, cookware, utensils, dish soap and paper products are provided. Just bring your own food and personal toiletries. The items our guests most often forget are coffee, plus soap and shampoo for the shower. Donít forget your hiking boots and a calling card for phone calls. Our cabins have well-water or cisterns. Some guests prefer to bring their own drinking water.
If a fire in your cabin's outdoor fire pit is planned, then you may want to bring matches and either newspapers or wax sticks to help get your blaze started. Using lighter fluid or similar accelerants is not permitted. Firewood is provided (read below).
Your privacy is paramount to us. We make no unannounced cabin visits or enter your cabin while you are out without first notifying you in advance. Except for longer stays requiring hot tub service, a cabin visit by one of our staff members is unlikely. However, you will be notified if we need to enter your cabin for a maintenance issue or to treat the hot tub. During your stay you may see us on the property maintaining the grounds. We try to limit these activities to the afternoon when guests are most likely to be out visiting area attractions.
Many wild critters live in the forests around our cabins. Deer, turkey, raccoons, gray fox, skunks and squirrels are the most common. Do not approach or feed wildlife. Do not leave food on decks or porches overnight as this may attract uninvited guests.
We make an effort to keep firewood stocked from April through October. Firewood is stacked along the driveway at our Main Property and provided on the grounds at Rocky Ridge and Laurel Ridge cabins. Firewood can only be burned in existing fire pits located at each cabin. We ask that you do not bring your own firewood or purchase firewood from out of the area in order to prevent the spread of destructive insects like the ash borer beetle. Click here to read a short how-to article on fire building.
Please note that firewood is provided as a courtesy and, based on the rate of consumption, is not guaranteed to be on site at all times. If firewood is needed during your stay and not found on site, it can be purchased locally for a minimal amount. Currently, the best location for purchasing firewood for guests staying at our Main Property is from a local residence located on State Route 664 on the way to Old Man's Cave State Park, about 1.5 miles east of the small town of South Bloomingville.
We suggest you bring bug spray if you plan to do a lot of hiking at the parks or deck lounging at our cabins. The Hocking Hills are no different than any other part of Ohio when it comes to mosquitoes in warm months.
Although phones are in our cabins, there is a no long distance service provided (local only). If you plan to make long distances calls, please bring a phone card. Cell phone service is spotty and not guaranteed.
At this time, WiFi Internet is only provided at our Rocky Ridge and Laurel Ridge cabins. No Internet service is provided at our Main Property. You can plug into a phone jack for dial-up service if your Internet provider has a local dial-up number for Laurelville, Ohio.
All cabins have DIRECTV. DVD players are also provided for guests wishing to bring movies.
Sorry, we can't satisfy everyone's preference when it comes to bedding. Our beds have queen-sized firm mattresses with mattress pads and standard pillows. The master bedroom at our Laurel Ridge Cabin has our only king sized bed. You are more than welcome to bring your own mattress topper or pillows, if desired.
Winter weather may be a factor during your stay as we are open year-round. We plow our driveways after each significant snow event. The county and township roads you'll travel near our properties are also treated after each snow. You are most likely to encounter problems if you are traveling during the time snow is falling. Driving a four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive vehicle is preferred but is not a requirement for visiting us in winter.
Nature's Pointe Cabins is committed to conducting business in an environmentally responsible manner. We have taken steps to reduce energy consumption and have incorporated Earth friendly and biodegradable products into our cleaning and maintenance tasks. In our efforts to reduce waste, you may find partial rolls of toilet paper or paper towels in the holder when you arrive. Replacement rolls will be made available to you. As an additional way to reduce waste, guests are asked to bring their own shower products. We also encourage guests to reuse bath towels when practical. Although a curbside recycling program is not available in our area, we ask guests with access to a recycling program to consider recycling glass, plastic or paper waste generated during their stay.