Following accidents, Hocking Hills officials issue warnings to hikers

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LOGAN (WCMH) — Officials are warning hikers heading to Hocking Hills to stick to the trails.

The warning comes after a string of falls in recent weeks led to serious injuries.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said officers responded to at least three incidents in one week.

Officers responded to calls where hikers had to be rescued after falling off cliffs or waterfalls, with one person airlifted via helicopter to the hospital for a broken pelvis.

Officials said that in every instance, the hikers had wandered off the main trail path, placing themselves in danger.

“We have never had a serious accident or fatality from the trail,” said Patrick Quackenbush of Hocking Hills State Park. “If you stay on the trail, you stay safe out here. It’s as simple as that.”

In addition to staying on the trail, officers recommend hikers wear proper attire before heading into the park and pay extra attention to where they are walking.

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