Old Man's Cave
Old Man's Cave is one of the six major areas of Hocking Hills State Park. Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls and Cantwell Cliffs. Each of the park areas offer a unique experience for those who walk their paths. From hemlock-lined trails, to huge rock formation, waterfalls to rock bridges, guests to the park are sure to treasure their explorations for years to come. Rich in forested areas and natural wonders, there are over 25 miles of hiking trails in the Hocking Hills State Park system.
There are many fun stairways and steps, tunnels and waterfalls to explore here. There is a modern bridge without railings (Old Man's Cave floods heavily during the spring and railings tend to catch large debris) and some dangerous cliff edges so keep kids close by!
Cliffs and waterfalls and towering hemlocks line the trail. Huge rock formations are never more than a stone's throw away and awesome bridges will take your breath away.
From Logan, Ohio:
Take 664 South 12 miles to park.
GPS Tracking: 39.434668,-82.541571
Old Man's Cave is located just off State Route 664 across from the tiered parking lot at Hocking Hills State Park. Within a stones throw is the Naturalist Log Cabin and the newly renovated Hocking Hills State Park Visitor Center.
Interesting things to look for:
Old Man's Cave was aptly named for an early settler, Richard Rowe, who set up living quarters in one of the many recess caves in the area after the Civil War. Killed by an accidental blast of his own gun, it is said local native Indians buried him somewhere near the entrance of the Cave. Take a guess where he is allegedly buried in one of the recess caves of the park.
Devil's Bathtub-a churning tub of water spilling into the creek below.
Waterfalls, waterfalls, waterfalls.
Sphinx Head-at the far end of the trail, a rock formation taking the form of a sphinx head.
Length: Old Man's Cave is approximately 1 mile long and takes about an hour to hike.
Remember: You know your child's abilities best. Use caution on any trail and keep them close by. Everyone must stay on the trails at Hocking Hills State Park