LOGAN, Ohio (WCMH) — New research says that Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio was among the top ten state parks in the United States that has grown the most in popularity over the last year.

Through analyzing web metrics on search, Travel Lens states that Hocking Hills had the sixth largest search increase from 2021 to 2022 with a nearly 71% search growth.

In 2022, more than 3.5 million searches were made on Hocking Hills compared to two million in 2021, according to Travel Lens.

State Parks growing the most in popularity (From 2021 to 2022)

RankState ParkStateIncrease in searches
1Porcupine Mountains WildernessMichigan112.26%
2ColtRhode Island96.04%
3Justin P. Wilson Cumberland TrailTennessee86.00%
4Niagara FallsNew York82.15%
6Hocking HillsOhio70.79%
7Island BeachNew Jersey62.52%
9Oswald WestOregon56.66%
10Franconia NotchNew Hampshire56.39%
Data according to Travel Lens research

It also named Hocking Hills one of the five most beautiful state parks in the country through analyzing reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor. Hocking Hills is also among state parks with the most Instagram posts, ranking third behind Niagara Falls and Valley of Fire.

For more on this research and its methodology, click here.