• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2 Miles

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Forest
Waterfall

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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  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Sun protection
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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.

3 months ago
3 months ago

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

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year 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!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

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Explorer. Hiker. Photographer.

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