Hike to Old Man's Cave

Logan, Ohio

4.9/5
based on 8 reviews

Details

Distance

2 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Elyse Clark

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.

Keep en eye out for the detour to Lower Falls as well, it's worth it.

Camping and lodging are also available nearby.

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Reviews

Old Man Cave is one of the best and most well known hikes in the beautiful Hocking Hills State Park; a must see if you're in the area! The falls and Cave are a family friendly hike, but be sure to wear the right shoes as it can be a bit slippery in spots! The rock formations are huge and unique, especially in Ohio. I especially love going in Autumn when the beautiful fall colors are coming out. It can be a bit crowded, so an earlier start might be the way to go!

This is hands-down the best viewpoint/hike in Hocking Hills State Park. The trail is short, well-marked, well-maintained and doable for all ages/skill levels. Old Man’s Cave is absolutely beautiful and features lush plant species against a warm rocky backdrop. I recommend you bring plenty of water and wear shoes with good tread as the dew from the waterfall can make the trail slippery at times.

Hocking Hills is an amazing state park and this is my favorite trail! Old Man's Cave is breathtaking, and a must see spot. The trail can get crowded during peak season though, so plan accordingly.

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

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.

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!

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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