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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.

Sphinx Head at Old Man
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Sphinx Head at Old Man's Cave -

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.

   The Devil
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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.

Broken Staircase, Broken Rock Falls Photo
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Broken Staircase, Broken Rock Falls - Years of floods have taken thier toll on the old trail that is no longer maintained or marked

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Calendar of Events
Old Man's Cave Hike
Tue Nov 1

Join the Naturalist for a fun 1-mile hike through the gorge at old mans cave. Learn about the legend of the old man, and the creation of the striking geology of the Hocking Hills Region. Meet the Naturalist in front of the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Old Man's Cave Hike
Tue Nov 8

Join the Naturalist for a fun 1-mile hike through the gorge at old mans cave. Learn about the legend of the old man, and the creation of the striking geology of the Hocking Hills Region. Meet the Naturalist in front of the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Crazy about Crafting
Fri Nov 11

Join our Naturalist at the Old Man's Cave Vistor Center for a fun hour of making nature inspired crafts.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7402794927

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Fireside Chat
Sun Nov 13

Join the naturalist for a historic fireside chat at the naturalist cabin behind the visitor center.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7402794927

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
National American Teddy Bear Day
Mon Nov 14

Learn about one of America's earliest conservationists, President Teddy Roosevelt. Learn about how he helped inspire the creation of the Teddy Bear and learn about the impact he and those around him left on our wild spaces. Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin behind the Visitor Center and after hearing their stories stop by the Visitor Center to pick up Smokey Bear activities.

Monday 10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7402794927

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Old Man's Cave Hike
Tue Nov 15

Join the Naturalist for a fun 1-mile hike through the gorge at old mans cave. Learn about the legend of the old man, and the creation of the striking geology of the Hocking Hills Region. Meet the Naturalist in front of the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
National Trails Day Hike
Thu Nov 17

Celebrate National Trails Day and join our Naturalist for a one mile hike through Old Man's Cave. Meet with the Naturalist outside the Visitor Center

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Crazy about Crafting
Fri Nov 18

Join our Naturalist at the Old Man's Cave Vistor Center for a fun hour of making nature inspired crafts.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7402794927

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Whos Hoo
Sat Nov 19

Join the Naturalist for a look at some of our resident owls at the Naturalist Cabin behind the Visitor Center.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Old Man's Cave Hike
Tue Nov 22

Join the Naturalist for a fun 1-mile hike through the gorge at old mans cave. Learn about the legend of the old man, and the creation of the striking geology of the Hocking Hills Region. Meet the Naturalist in front of the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Pine Tar Kiln
Sun Nov 27

Join the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin behind the Visitor Center to see how Pine Tar was made by early settlers. Learn about the multiple uses for this important substance

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7402794927

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Old Man's Cave Hike
Tue Nov 29

Join the Naturalist for a fun 1-mile hike through the gorge at old mans cave. Learn about the legend of the old man, and the creation of the striking geology of the Hocking Hills Region. Meet the Naturalist in front of the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

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