Hike to Ansel's Cave

The West Woods - Search Nearby - Added by Dan Barr

Ansel's Cave has many a story about it: A forbidden distillery, a hideout on the Underground Railroad, and even home to a cheese factory, of all things. But one thing is for certain: it's an amazing destination hidden in the Geauga Metro Parks of Northeast Ohio. 

The beginning of the hike to Ansel's Cave starts at The West Woods parking lot next to the visitor center. From there, follow the signs noting the Ansel Cave Trail. 

About 1/4 mile along, the trail splits into two directions; one takes you on the more direct route to Ansel's Cave along a well maintained trail of crushed gravel; the other, a longer route on a more rugged, natural path. 

Which ever path you take, you'll eventually end up at the small boardwalk overlook for Ansel's Cave, and the towering cliffs of Sharon Conglomerate that form many of the famous hiking destinations in Northeast Ohio. 

While technically more of a ravine with short overhangs instead of a true cave, Ansel's Cave is still remarkable sight. As a reminder, hiking off the trail up into Ansel's Cave is forbidden by the park district. From there, simply finish the loop in either direction and return to the nature center.

Distance

1.5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

100 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Hiking

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Scenic

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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