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Old Man's Cave

The most popular of all the Hocking areas is Old Man's Cave, located on State Route 664. Here at the Upper Falls, the Grandma Gatewood Trail begins its six-mile course connecting three of the park's areas: Old Man's Cave to Cedar Falls to Ash Cave. This same trail has been designated as part of Ohio's Buckeye Trail as well as part of two national systems - the North Country Scenic Trail and America's Discovery Trail.

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The Devils Bathtub, Old Mans Cave - This is always a challenge to me, still looking for that one decisive shot.

Old Man's Cave derives its name from the hermit Richard Rowe who lived in the large recess cave of the gorge. His family moved to the Ohio River Valley around 1796 from the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee to establish a trading post. He and his two dogs traveled through Ohio along the Scioto River in search of game. On one side trip up Salt Creek, he found the Hocking Region. Rowe lived out his life in the area and is buried beneath the ledge of the main recess cave. Earlier residents of the cave were two brothers, Nathaniel and Pat Rayon, who came to the area in 1795. They built a permanent cabin 30 feet north of the cave entrance. Both brothers are buried in or near the cave. Their cabin was later dismantled and relocated on the nearby Iles farm to be used as a tobacco drying house.

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The Devil's Bathtub - Bath, Anyone - I'm always striving to get just the shot I want - no I haven't made it yet, but if you don't get out there, it will never happen. This is however, a cool shot.

The Old Man's Cave area can be divided into five principal sections found along the valley of Old Man's Creek. In order, they are: Upper Falls, Upper Gorge, Middle Falls, Lower Falls and Lower Gorge. Along the length of the trail the magnificent gorge cuts through the entire 150-foot thickness of the Blackhand sandstone. Carved by the creek, the gorge serves as an avenue for visitors to peer into the earth's subsurface. The full distance of the gorge is approximately one half mile.

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The Upper Falls From The Rim - The view you always get walking out. Shot wide angle

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Calendar of Events
The Wonders of Old Man's Cave
Sat Nov 18

10:00 am.

Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found through the park.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Hockings Owls
Sat Nov 18

2:00 pm.

Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohios winged nocturnal predators.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Fireside Chat
Sat Dec 2

1:00 pm

Bundle up and meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin beside the fire pit to talk about the topic of the day. Each visit will bring a different topic ranging from local folklore and history to plants and animals. We might have a special guest or two. Bring a mug along we will have the kettle on.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film, Wildlife, Historical,
The Wonders of Old Man's Cave
Sun Dec 3

10:00 am.

Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found through the park.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Winter Solstice Hike
Fri Dec 22

10:00 am.

Winter officially began on 12-21-17 at 11:28 am. So let us start the countdown to spring with a hike. Meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin for a leisurely hike to learn about the solstice and about some of the features of the Hocking Hills. Afterwards you are invited to enjoy a mug of warm tea or hot chocolate and a sweet treat.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Fireside Chat
Sat Dec 23

1:00 pm

Bundle up and meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin beside the fire pit to talk about the topic of the day. Each visit will bring a different topic ranging from local folklore and history to plants and animals. We might have a special guest or two. Bring a mug along we will have the kettle on.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film, Wildlife, Historical,
Audubon Winter Bird Count - Hocking Hills
Sat Dec 30

8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Hocking Hills State Park will again be participating in the annual Audubon Winter Bird Count.

Group 5 will meet at the naturalist office near Old Man s Cave and divide up our area to survey. The final tally-up will be at 3:00 pm at the Camp Oty Okwa Dining Lodge.

Please bring a lunch and your binoculars and come dressed for the weather. Interested birders should contact the naturalist if they wish to help.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Fireside Chat
Sun Dec 31

1:00 pm

Bundle up and meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin beside the fire pit to talk about the topic of the day. Each visit will bring a different topic ranging from local folklore and history to plants and animals. We might have a special guest or two. Bring a mug along we will have the kettle on.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film, Wildlife, Historical,
Winter Hike at Hocking Hills
Sat Jan 20

9:00 am - 11:00 am Continuous starts.

Join the Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike to view the beauty of the hills and caves and waterfalls in winter. Start at Old Man s Cave on a hike to Ash Cave with a stop at Cedar Falls for soup and muffins.

Transportation is provided back to parking area near Old Man's Cave.

Hocking Hills State Park is located about 55 miles southeast of downtown Columbus on State Route 664 in Hocking County.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-685-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Maple Sugaring in the Hills
Sat Mar 10Sun Mar 11

12:00 - 7:00 pm.

Meet at the naturalist cabin behind the Old Mans Cave visitor center.

Discover how syrup is made, and savor the taste of the season as we boil down our local maple sap. Discover the many methods used throughout history to make this tasty treat.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
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