Old Man's Cave - Hocking Hills State Park GPS Tracking: 39.434668,-82.541571
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 offers a unique experience for those who walk its 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.
The Look: 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. Make sure you stay on the trail. Years of illegal off-trail hiking has nearly destroyed the flora and fauna once present in the recess cave.As always, cliff areas are not safe for pets and children!
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 Revolutionary 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.