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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.

Upper Gorge Trail Photo
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Upper Gorge Trail - Beautiful God Beams, right time, right place

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 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.

Rainbow At Broken Rock Photo
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Rainbow At Broken Rock - Broken Rock Falls at Old Mans Cave, finally on the trail maps

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Calendar of Events
Winter Hike at Hocking Hills
Sat Jan 21

Enjoy a winter wonderland 6-mile trek from Old Mans Cave to Ash Cave. Starts from 9-11a.m. At Cedar Falls The Logan Kiwanis Club famous bean soup and cornbread muffins are served (donations appreciated).

A shuttle bus returns hikers to Old Man's Cave parking area.

We recommend Layered clothing and good footwear.

A mask is required on public transit, so to ride the buses you will need a mask.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Shimmering Snowflakes
Fri Jan 27

Join us to learn how snowflakes are made and make some of your own! Meet us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center. All materials are provided

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Critter Myth Busting
Sat Jan 28

Come learn about the truth behind many of the animal myths that you may have heard. Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Oh Deer!
Fri Feb 3

Come learn about one of Ohios biggest mammals, the white tailed deer! Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center. Be prepared to go outside. If the weather permits, we will head out to the naturalist cabin just behind the visitor center.

10AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Winter Survival
Sat Feb 4

Come learn about how to survive in harsh winter conditions. Meet us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center. If weather permits, we will meet outside at the Naturalist cabin. Please be prepared for the weather.

10AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Funky Feet
Sun Feb 5

Join us to learn about the funky feet leaving tracks across the snow. Meet us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center. Be prepared for the winter weather.

10AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
History Of Hocking Hills
Fri Feb 10

Join us to learn about the history of Hocking Hills. Meet us at the Hocking Hills Lodge Lobby

2PM

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Critter Myth Busting
Fri Feb 10

Come learn the truth about the many animal myths we all learned as kids. Meet inside the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center

10AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

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