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Rockbridge — Most visitors to Ohio’s lovely Hocking Hills come for the scenic hikes, or for the cozy or luxurious (or spartan, if you’re into that) woodland lodgings, or even for the region’s small but growing foodie scene.

But adventurous visitors who are looking for more diversions will also find plenty of off-trail activities from which to choose.

Rock climbing: High Rock Adventures

My first step was a doozy at High Rock Adventures in Rockbridge (10108 Opossum Hollow Road, www.highrockadventures.com). The site contains 150 acres of woods and magnificent natural rock formations and offers a wide variety of activities, including rock climbing, rappelling and a “rock challenge” as well as eco tours and nature therapy and “forest bathing.” The activities are offered for all skill levels, including beginners.

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I had never rappelled before my visit to High Rock last week, but knowledgeable guide Martin Strange put me completely at ease — until that first leap of faith.

Guide Martin Strange shows guests how to use rappelling gear at High Rock Adventures.

We put on our climbing gear at High Rock’s visitors center and followed Strange up a winding, verdant path to our rappelling sites atop gorgeous sandstone formations birthed in the ancient sea that once covered the area.

Along the way, Strange stopped at several places to point out interesting or attractive plants and trees, especially those such as sassafras and witch hazel, which have culinary or therapeutic uses.