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Hocking Hills Garners International Acclaim

December 18, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio State Parks was once again identified as having one of the top must-see destinations in the world. Hocking Hills State Park was the only location in the United States identified in Buzzfeed's list of the "22 Stunning Under-The-Radar Destinations to Add to Your Bucket List in 2014." The other destinations were scattered across the globe and included exotic locales from Norway, Brazil, New Zealand and French Polynesia.

"We are always excited when people discover what Ohioans have long known, that Ohio is truly home to some of the most beautiful places in the world," said Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer.

In August, CNN Travel recognized Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor, located in northeast Ohio along the southern shore of Lake Erie, as one of 20 'can't-miss' U.S. beaches. Ohio State Parks have consistently received excellent national recognition for having some of the nation's greatest natural treasures.

It's never too late to plan your next getaway. Ohio State Parks gift cards are the perfect present for anyone that would like to share the scenic beauty of Ohio's great parks. Gift cards offer family and friends a chance to spend time discovering Ohio's natural wonders. Convenient to use, gift cards provide the recipient with endless outdoor options that include overnight accommodations, rounds of golf or bike and boat rentals.

Ohio State Parks offer cabins at 15 state parks. Cabins and cottages offer amenities ranging from fireplaces and microwaves to cable television, WiFi and air conditioning. Ohio State Parks gift cards can also be used at eight of Ohio's state park lodges: Burr Oak, Deer Creek, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson, Salt Fork and Shawnee. Each lodge boasts an array of amenities, including spacious rooms, fine dining, swimming pools, quality golf courses, as well as traditional outdoor pursuits like hiking and boating.

Purchase a gift card online or by calling 866-644-6727 to order in time for the holidays. Gift cards can be purchased in any dollar amount and never expire. People may select either the flower or waterfall design on the gift card at no additional charge.

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The BuzzFeed article is available at: The CNN Travel article recognizing Headlands Beach State Park in August is located at:

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