OLD MAN'S CAVE
OLD MAN'S CAVE
Located in southeastern Ohio, Old Man’s Cave is one of the most popular natural wonders of the Appalachian basin, bringing in thousands of visitors from all over the world every month. Old Man’s Cave 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. Old Man’s Cave is located on Route 664 S, across from the parking lot at Hocking Hills State Park.
A breathtaking sight to behold year round, the park features towering sandstone cliffs, several cascading waterfalls, and deep, tree-shaded gorges for hikers and explorers of all ages. The main cave is a natural formation, carved from the gorge by the flow of the Salt Creek and thousands of years of melting glaciers. The gorge itself runs about 1/2 mile and reaches a depth of 150 feet with cliffs on either side. The area is marked by five distinct areas, including Upper Falls, Upper Gorge, Middle Falls, Lower Falls, and Lower Gorge.
Old Man’s Cave is full of hiking trail options, with several connecting to other areas of the State Park. Along the looping trail visitors will enjoy fantastic rock formations such as Devil’s Bathtub and Sphinx Head, as well as 2 artistic bridge constructions and moss-covered cliff faces.
Hike Old Man’s Cave
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 Old Man’s Cave and enjoy this relaxing walk in nature.
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