Sure you could take a hike through the Hocking Hills, dusting up your boots and moving slowly through the forest. Or you could make things interesting and do it on a Segway.
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is an outdoors adventure company that specializes in helping visitors experience theOhio wilderness in new and exciting ways. They’re famous for their treetop zip-lines, but newer on their list of attractions is their off-road Segway tour.
Segways are upright, two-wheeled scooters that are controlled by your body movements rather than with your hands. The Hocking Hills Canopy Tours’ website has a great collection of photos and videos of visitors moving through the park on the new machines at www.hockinghillscanopytours.com/off-road-segway-tour.html.
The guided tour lasts anywhere from one and a half to two hours and leads through the heart of the Hocking Hills, taking you to the famous recessed caves, dropping down to the Hocking River, through a forest of old-growth trees and across meadows with native plants and wildlife. The parks’ guides are well versed on the local features, history and nature specific to this corner of Ohio and will tell you all you’ll want to know about the area. Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is in Rockbridge, Ohio, about 40 miles southeast of Columbus just off Highway 33.
The SeqwayX2 you’ll be driving is designed specifically for outdoor recreation. Because most people have never been on a Segway, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours offers a 30-minute class before the tour starts to get riders familiarized with the machine. The tour itself costs $69 per person; the class is an additional $25. Riders have to be at least 14 years old and weigh between 100 to 230 lbs. Exploring the Ohio wilderness on a Segway is a great way to add just a touch of adventure to an otherwise routine afternoon.