Whip-poor-will Retreat is in the Hocking Hills of Ohio close to Rock House and Old Man's Cave trails. This property was originally part of a retreat owned and operated by a Catholic organization of priests and monks in 1800's. The small cabin behind the house was most likely the summer kitchen. The well in the front yard is a real and there is a cistern with a hand pump down the hill. The logs visible in the dining room and living room are believed to have been in the original structures on the property. The game shed contains church pews leading to the assumption there was a chapel at one time.
Relax by the stone well in the front yard or on the side porch overlooking the valley. Toast marshmallows over the fit pit, cook hamburgers on the charcoal grill or use the outdoor fireplace. Eat at the picnic under the pines trees next to the house. Gaze at the stars as you relax in the hot tub. Enjoy the call of the whip-poor-will that echoes across the valley at night in the spring and summer. Watch the birds at the feeders as you rest on the back porch.
Play volleyball or badminton or watch the game from the swing. Visit the game shed and try the small pool table, air hockey or boccerball. On the back porch the Foosball table awaits. The Wii is found in the living room and children's movies are in the bookcase there.
Especially for children
Next to the large stone fireplace in the dining room is a corner filled with toys, games and books for children. The former summer kitchen in the small cabin behind the main house is a recreated 1860's kitchen with period clothing for children to wear as they play.
The well water pumped from 425 feet down is some of the best water ever and safe.
The drive is a gradual incline curving approximately 150 feet up to the cabin, you will need a 4-wheel drive vehicle in the winter in case of snow or ice.
You can reach any of the nearby state parks within 20 minutes. The distance from the property of some of the parks with hiking trails are as follows:
3.8 miles from Rock House
8 miles from Conkles Hollow
10 miles from Cantwell Cliffs
12 miles from Old Man’s Cave
10 miles from Ash Cave