Explore Ash Cave

South Bloomingville, Ohio

5.0/5
based on 3 reviews

Details

Distance

0.5 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

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.

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Features

Photography
Running
Hiking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Scenic

Reviews

Such a beautiful, open cave with a picturesque waterfall! A very easy and short hike met with a unique and wonderful view. Fall is an especially beautiful time to visit this park.

absolutely gorgeous. got there early before the crowd and got to enjoy the view alone. hiked all the way to old mans cave and back to ash cave for a total of 11.6 miles.

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!

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