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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.

The Way Out Photo
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The Way Out - One of two ways out, actually. Just up the steps from the lower falls

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.

Rushing Stream  Photo
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Rushing Stream -

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.

Frozen Winter Trail  Photo
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Frozen Winter Trail -

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Calendar of Events
Flint Knapping
Sat Jan 27

Did you know that flint is Ohios state gemstone? Learn more about the uses of this wonderful rock at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Critter Tracks
Sun Jan 28

Practice your tracking skills by learning about the different prints left behind by resident critters. Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Critter Chat Otters
Sat Feb 3

Ohio has otters! Find out about these awesome river dwellers at Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Knot Tying That Knot Again - Knot Tying
Sun Feb 4

Want to try your hand at some basic camping knots? Join us here at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center. We will provide the paracord.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Pine Tar Kiln
Sat Feb 10

Pine Tar is a substance of many uses. Come learn how the early Appalachian settlers processed and created pine tar. Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

2PM - 3PM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Amphibians and Reptiles of Ohio
Sun Feb 11

Herpetology is the zoological study of amphibians and reptiles. Come learn more about this field at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
THEY ATE WHAT HISTORIC FOOD PRESERVATION
Sat Feb 17

Discover how Hocking Hills residents historically stored food for year-round survival. Visit the cabin behind Old Mans Cave Visitor Center to learn more.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Flint Knapping
Sun Feb 18

Did you know that flint is Ohios state gemstone? Learn more about the uses of this wonderful rock at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Critter Tracks
Sat Feb 24

Practice your tracking skills by learning about the different prints left behind by resident critters. Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Whats That Bud Winter Tree ID
Sun Feb 25

Do you want to learn how to id trees when they lose their leaves? Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center to learn more!

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Maple Sugaring In The Hills
Sat Mar 9

Join us at the historic cabin behind the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center. Take a step back in time to see how maple sugar has been processed over the years. We will have a local producer on site selling their delicious goods.

12PM - 4PM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Maple Sugaring In The Hills
Sun Mar 10

Join us at the historic cabin behind the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center. Take a step back in time to see how maple sugar has been processed over the years. We will have a local producer on site selling their delicious goods.

12PM - 4PM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Hocking Hills Trail Run
Sat Sep 21

46th Annual Hocking Hills Trail Run offers runners the chance to test their abilities on the gorgeous yet technical features of the Hocking Hills and State Park in either a 60k, 40k, 20k, 10k, or 5k race options. Its not all about winning. Walkers and pets on leashes are welcome too.

Meetup at Old Mans Cave Naturalist Cabin

First Race Start at 7AM

For More Information and Registration visit: https://www.explorehockinghills.com/things-to-do/hocking-hills-trail-run/

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-2750

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Grandma Gatewood Fall Colors Hike
Sat Oct 12

Join us for our annual fall colors hike and take in the scenery along the Grandma Gatewood trail. We will be hiking roughly 6 miles on this trail from Old Mans Cave to Cedar Falls and back.

9AM - 1PM

Cost:

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