Explore Ash Cave

Ohio Ash Cave

Added by Jason Hatfield

At 700 ft. long and 100 ft. deep, Ash Cave is a massive recess cave tucked away in the southern hills and forests of Ohio.

Getting to Ash Cave is extremely easy with a short quarter-mile hike from the parking area; there's also a rim trail above the cave that adds 90 feet of elevation and some extra distance. The cave is great for relaxing in the shade during a hot day, enjoying a spring picnic, or grabbing some images during the morning/evening. There's a waterfall from the rim of the cave that typically has good flow in the spring or after a large rain event. Peak fall colors are incredible here but the waterfall is rarely more than a trickle then. If you're visiting in the winter a large pile of ice usually forms at the mouth of the cave.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Wide-angle Lens
  • Tripod
  • Batteries
  • Memory Card
  • Hiking Shoes
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.5 Miles

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Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Scenic

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3 months ago

A Stunning Frozen Spectacle!

I've been to Ash Cave in just about every season, but its perhaps at its most picturesque in the winter when the waterfall freezes and creates a gigantic mound of ice that looks less like a frozen blob and more like fragile stalagmites. The path to get to the waterfall and overhang is relatively easy, with a section of it that's actually paved with asphalt. Just be certain to stay on the trail, I had a friend who got off the trail by about 15 feet and a park ranger caught him and actually charged him with a misdemeanor trespassing charge!

3 months ago

Added by Jason Hatfield

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

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