Hike to Old Man's Cave

Ohio Hocking Hills State Park Visitor Center

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A popular hike through the gorge leading to waterfalls and a sandstone cave.

Take the Rim Trail in Hocking Hills State Park, which descends into the deep gorge and takes you alongside a stream as you head towards a number of cascades and interesting rock faces. There is also a wheelchair accessible Gorge Trail (0.75 miles).

Rim Trail can be linked to Cedar Falls, as well, or from the Upper Falls you can take Grandma Gatewood Trail for a 6 miles trail through the park. This is the site of the annual Hocking Winter Hike in January, which can see as many as 5,500 people on the trail.

Camping and lodging are also available nearby.

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Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Sun protection
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2 Miles



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about 2 months ago


GUYS. Listen...if you want to be blown away by a state park...go here.

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3 months ago

Hocking Hills tip!

I've been here MANY times throughout my life, and it's definitely a place to visit in Ohio. I recommend going early in the morning before the crowds arrive. I got here at about 7 am yesterday and I was the only one there. It completely changes your perspective of the place when you go and there isn't anyone there.

3 months ago

7 months ago


Old Man's Cave is definitely the most popular portion of Hocking Hills, especially due to the easy access. To avoid crowds make sure you head here early!

7 months ago

8 months ago

A Classic Ohio Hike

If you ask anyone in Ohio their favorite hiking destination, Hocking Hills and Old Man's Cave is arguably the most popular destination. Waterfalls, cliffs, forests, and ravines make this a classic Ohio hike. Also, if you continue along the Rim Trail to Cedar Falls, about 2 miles in the trail crosses the dam to Rose Lake, an absolutely stunning autumn destination.

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

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