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1st Choice Cabin Rentals

Hocking Hills & Wayne National Forest Ohio

Owned BY 1ST CHOICE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, LLC & Operated by 1st choice cabin rentals, llc

Copyright 2013. 1st Choice Cabin Rentals Hocking Hills Ohio. All Rights Reserved. 

Pools Installed 2021

The Chalet, The Pines, Sunset and Black Bear Lodge

Stay tuned for Details and Pictures 

Ready for use starting Memorial Day Weekend!

Pool shown is at Sunset Cabin



We are so excited to announce that we are rebranding to 1st Choice Lodging Company. Our vacation rental portfolio consists of Hocking Hills cabin rentals & lodges, Historic Nelsonville Bed & Breakfasts, Nelsonville vacation homes, and 4 beautiful lake front properties in Albany, Ohio!


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Gift Certificate

We partner with Adventure Pro Outdoors so our guests receive a 10% discount on their next canoe, kayak, or tube trip along the Hocking River OR ATV/UTV Guided Tour on Wayne National Forest. 

adventure pro outdoors

Sunset Cabin pool has been installed! Starting to build the deck in the upcoming weeks. 

Chalet Lodge ground has been leveled for pool install! 

Fishing, Hunting, ATV's and Bird watching

If fishing and hunting is your passion, then our cabins is your dream destination.  


Wayne national forest in southern Ohio is home to some of the best hunting for all games species in the state. With over a quarter of a million acres the woods are loaded with White Tail Deer, Small Game and Turkey. Most of our cabins boarded Wayne National Forest or are within walking distance, with over 1000 acres of land to hunt alone adjacent to Sand Run Lake Resort and Laurel Run Cabins. When you step into the woods at one of our cabins location, you truly could get lost in the beauty and the heart of the forest.  The over abundant deer population located all around our cabins surely increases your chances of scoring a monster buck.

Our properties are located in the big buck region of Athens and Hocking County Ohio.  If you are looking for an opportunity to harvest the buck of a lifetime this is the place to hunt for you.  We own the land adjacent to Wayne National Forest and can help find the right locations to hunt.

Our properties have very limited hunting pressure.   We have active deer trails, food sources or known bedding areas.   You may also bring your own stand(s).. These hunts are perfect for the veteran bow hunter or the beginner.

The day before the hunt your guide will show you your hunting area and explain it to you. The next day you will begin hunting and you will hunt your own schedule and use your own vehicle to transport yourself to and from the hunting area.

What makes Ohio so good:

  • Reasonable (under $200) OVER THE COUNTER non-resident tags.
  • No rifle hunting!
  • No firearm season during the primary rut.
  • Residents and non-residents can only harvest one buck per season.
  • Legal to hunt over bait.


If fishing is your passion our cabins will make your arms sore with all the bass you can real in. Several of our cabins sit on properties with ponds stocked with large mouth bass or border of the state lakes loaded with fish.  Sand Run Lake Is a secluded little lake in Wayne National Forest often overlooked by visitors and adjoins our property. Six shady picnic sites offer a relaxing atmosphere for family gatherings. This peaceful lake is surrounded by stately pine trees and is very scenic. Just a short trip down the road are many other lakes. Lake Hope is 18,200-acre Lake that allows electric motor boating, with canoes and rowboat available for rent. Anglers will find good catches of bluegill, catfish, crappie and largemouth bass at Lake Hope. A fine swimming beach is located near the dam. Facilities include a bathhouse with restrooms, showers and change booths and a concession building where food and beverages can be purchased.

University and College Parents

Ohio University and Hocking College:

Our cabins are conveniently located to Ohio University and Hocking College which makes our cabins a perfect family vacation destination for parents needing to spend time with their sons or daughters attending school.  Our cabins book fast for freshman summer orientation, mom's weekend, mother's weekend, dad's weekend, father's weekend, sibs weekend, graduation, commencement, alumni and parents weekend.  Athens Halloween weekend is also worth attending if you want a Mardi Gras experience.  Ohio University and Ohio State University Alumni have found our cabin make for a perfect reunion getaway

Ohio University and Hocking College
Our cabins offer the perfect location if you are an off-road ATV/ Motorcycle enthusiast. Our cabin rentals are located very close to some of the best riding trials in the country. The Wayne National Forest trial system offers some of the most fun and challenging trails. The there are many different trail experiences levels. If you are novice to expert rider there is something for you. Our Sand run Lake resort is located less than 1/2 mile away from 2 trail heads. Monday Creek ATV/OHM Trail System located in Nelsonville, provides approximately 75 miles of designated trails to off-road vehicle riders. Just a short trip down the road and you can find yourself at several other trail system. Laurel Run Farmhouse is only a short drive to Dorr Run Head Trail.

Hanging Rock ATV Trail System

The Hanging Rock area of the Wayne National Forest also provides some of the best riding all-terrain in all the country vehicles (ATVs) and off highway motorcycles (OHMs). This 5,000-acre area has 24 miles of trail available for off-road vehicle.

Pine Creek ATV Trail System

The Pine Creek area of the Wayne National Forest provides some excellent opportunities for riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-highway motorcycles (OHMs). This trail system provides approximately 17 miles of trails for off-road vehicle.

Important Information

Riders must obtain a permit to ride ALL the trials. Trail Permits required for ATV or mountain bike riders. A trail permit is $12/day, $24/3-days, or $45/season

ALL riders Must Wear Helmet to ride trials

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Sand Run Lake Resort
The Pines Lodge, Whitetail and Sandy Run Cabin

Sand Run Lake Resort situated on seven beautiful acres adjacent to Sand Run Lake and 1000 acres of Wayne National Forest. The property has 2 Cabins and 1 Lodge includes two stocked ponds (Catch & Release Only).

Pine Lake Resort

Six lake view retreats overlooking 5 acre lake on 20 acre nature preserve.  One mile from Lake Snowden Water Park and 

Enjoy the Serenity and Peacefulness of Wayne National Forest & Hocking Hills Ohio in Nelsonville and Athens area

Cabin and Vacation Rentals • Secluded Lodging • Hiking • Canoeing • Private Romantic Weekend Getaways

WIFI & HOT TUBS at most  of our Cabins

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Birdfeeders at all of our Cabins

19 ​Luxury Hocking Hills Cabins & Lodges:
FullBrooks Lodge, Bobcat and Montana Cabin, Laurel Run Cottage, Red Cardinal, Getaway Cottage, The Chalet ...
FullBrooks Lodge situated on 52 acres & conveniently located near Athens and Nelsonville, Bobcat nestled on 5 acres, Montana and Laurel Run Cottage sits on 32 acres adjacent to 500 acres of Wayne National Forest. Getaway Cottage sits on 2 acres both properties adjacent to Wayne National Forest. The Chalet Lodge is our largest Lodge sits on 25+ acres. Eagle's Landing, Hawk's Nest and Cozy Cabin is on 6 acres adjacent to FullBrooks. Blue Jay Cabin located at entrance of Wayne National Forest ATV Trail. Fox Den and Sunset sits on 7 acres, Cross Creek Cabin sits on 10 acres.

Two Beautiful 5 start Historic Bed and Breakfast in Nelsonville. 1 Historic Inn



Secluded Hocking Hills Cabin Getaway Resort Cabin and Lodge Retreat. SWIMMING POOLS COMING IN 2021 AT SELECT CABINS

Why Us?

We have 19 Luxury Cabins, 2 Bed & Breakfast and 1 Historic Home to choose from! Each with its own theme and beautiful natural setting.  We are family owned and operated, live and work in the local area and largest cabin rental company in Athens County. Centrally located to Athens, Nelsonville & Logan. According to Hocking Hills Tourism more than 3 million people a year visit Hocking Hills Ohio!

1st Choice Cabin Rentals offers rustic cabins and vacation home rentals with all the amenities of homes most secluded on their own acreage for privacy and adjacent to Wayne National Forest. The cabins are located throughout the Hocking Hills region in southeastern Ohio near Athens, Nelsonville & Logan, Ohio.  Our cabins offer a variety of wildlife habitat and diverse geography.  Come prepared with travel accessories to ensure the best visit to Hocking Hills possible. Although the cabins are secluded they are all within a short distance of all the parks and activities. Great place to stay for parents and siblings visiting Ohio University or Hocking College.

Why Rent?
It makes financial sense! You can rent a luxury cabin or lodge or vacation home rental for a fraction of the cost of owning and maintaining your own getaway cabin or cottage. Plus with our affordable cabins and lodges you can enjoy visiting the Hocking Hills and Wayne National Forest several times of year and come away feeling right at home at one of our places


Luxury cabins in Hocking Hills Ohio to relax and enjoy your stay. All have been remodeled from top to bottom.


Centrally located to all that Hocking Hills and the surrounding area has to offer. Region is home to 9 state parks


Enjoy the beauty of surrounding Hocking Hills and Wayne National Forest Wildlife. Or simply take in nearby attractions. 


Easy access to Wayne National Forest and only a short drive to picturesque Hocking Hills

If you want to see our cabin rentals, check out our Portfolio.