There are two trip options. Both trips are good for beginners. The Hocking River is generally a calm smooth river with a few riffles, islands and sand bars. The stretch the trips run on is Class I.

We transport you upstream and you canoe back to the building and your car with the current. All paddling times are approximate, based on the average time of an average paddler in average river conditions. Both trips run on the Hocking River. Adverse river conditions may make an alternate waterway necessary.

5 Mile River Tour
Approximate Paddling Time: 1.5 hours.
Follow the scenic Hocking River lined by trees and fields. There are several islands and sandbars near the start of the trip that make great stopping places for a little exploration or a picnic lunch. This is a great beginner’s trip, especially for young children, nervous adults, and those short on time. Available by canoe, kayak or raft (rafting: typically only available in the Spring).


7 Mile River Tour
Approximate Paddling Time: 2-3 hours.
This 7 mile trip is our most popular river trip, with two extra miles on the scenic Hocking River.  There are more islands and sandbars, a few narrow areas, and more riffles.  This trip has several viewing spots for observing people on the zip line.  This trip also offers the opportunity to hike up and see the Natural Rockbridge, an amazing, natural work of art.  This trip is available by canoe or kayak and is not for those on a tight schedule.  (rafting: typically only available in the Spring). 




  • Participant Agreement (each person on river trip)
  • Children must be three years of age to participate.
  • Additional age restrictions may apply depending on water level and participant experience.
  • Minors must have a parent or guardian sign for them.

Same day reservations are not available but walk-ins are always welcome.



River trip reservations cancelled at least 7 days prior to the scheduled trip will receive a refund less a $10 processing fee.  River trip reservations cancelled less than 7 days before the scheduled trip can be rescheduled or receive a store credit.  Customers will receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.  Hocking Hills Canoe Livery runs rain or shine.  We do not put guests out on the water if there is severe weather, such as high-water conditions or lightning in the area.  Reservations made during these times will receive a store credit to reschedule.  We do not issue refunds in case of inclement weather.


*Please keep in mind that heat, wind, cold, rain, and ever-changing river conditions are part of the activity.


*No refunds or credits are issued for no call/no shows.