Cantwell Cliffs doesn’t get as much attention as Old Man’s Cave but it has been described as the most picturesque location in the Hocking Hills, with trails containing some of the park’s most beautiful features. It is one of the 7 major hiking trails in Hocking Hills State Park, located in Southeastern Ohio about an hour SE of Columbus on Route 33 in Hocking County.

Towering over 150 feet high, the cliffs overlook Buck Run, a creek that spills over a portion of the cliffs forming a waterfall. Erosion from the waterfall has created the deep valley and rock formations below.

Hearty explorers can access Cantwell Cliffs by way of two trails, the Valley Floor Trail or the Rim Trail. The East Rim Trail offers a breathtaking scenic view of the cliff and rock shelter at Lookout Point. Hikers approaching the rock shelter must squeeze through narrow passageways caused by large slump blocks that have fallen away from the main cliff. It’s one of the more adventurous hikes in the park and a must-see!


Park Office

Park Location

  • Cantwell Cliffs
    Rockbridge, OH 43149


  • 7am - 9pm

Park GPS Coordinates

  • Lattidude: 39.5398
  • Longitude: -82.5759


  • Length : .9 mi Hike Time : 30-45 minutes Elevation Gain : 269 ft Route Type : Loop Difficulty : Moderate


The Hocking Hills State Park system includes Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, and Whispering Cave Trail. Each offers something truly unique and wonderful, with over 25 miles of one-way looped trail systems that are open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk. From forested trails to massive natural rock formations, the Hocking Hills region is a breathtaking gem hidden in the upper Appalachian Basin for all to visit and enjoy.

Download a Trail Map for Cantwell Cliffs and enjoy this relaxing walk in nature.