SMBH Does That: Recreational Edition

Hocking Hills State Park Lodge + Other Recreational Projects

As the most visited park in Ohio, Hocking Hills State Park needed to replace their old lodge, which was destroyed by fire in 2016. The new 74,000 SF, full-service lodge was built on the existing site. It includes 81 guest rooms and suites for overnight visitors, full dining facilities featuring Rock House Restaurant and Rock House Pub, a grab-and-go cafe, a gift shop, conference and event spaces, indoor and outdoor lounges and activity areas, an outdoor all-season hot tub, and separate indoor and outdoor pools.

The lodge was designed as an iconic structure keeping with the park's natural features and surroundings and Hocking Hills region, blending rustic and contemporary design that create the hallmarks of the new lodge, which features natural, sustainable, and durable materials. The lobby features three-story high ceilings with twin 39-foot, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces with welcoming hearths, exposed natural fir beams, and wood scissor trusses with tongue and groove wood decking.

SMBH has worked on recreational projects for various clients in addition to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, including Columbus Recreation and Parks, the YMCA, several cities, and multiple Colleges and Universities. Some highlights of our work include Hocking Hills Visitor Center, Audubon Center, Scioto Mile, Wyandot Lodge at McKnight Outdoor Educational Center, Battelle Darby Creek Environmental Center, Griggs Reservoir Shelter, Lake Hope State Park Dining Lodge, Hueston Woods Lodge Renovations, Cedar Falls Restrooms, Salt Fork State Park Lodge Renovation and Office Facility, Shawnee Lodge Indoor Pool & Exterior Renovations, Delaware Campground, Whitehall YMCA Community Center, Westerville Community Center, and Multiple New and Renovated Restrooms at 5 State Parks, to name just a few.

Big or small, when it comes to buildings, we do it all. Contact us to talk about your next project today!