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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.

Below The Bridge, Old Mans Cave Photo
© Bud Schrader Photography
Below The Bridge, Old Mans Cave - My first shot from here, standing in the creek.

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.

Inside Old Mans Cave Photo
© Bud Schrader Photography
Inside Old Mans Cave - So much to see, but this is what it looks like from inside the cave

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 Rock Falls, Platinum Photo
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Broken Rock Falls, Platinum - One of my favorite waterfall shots. A neat place.

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Calendar of Events
Rock Painting
Sat Jun 15

Meet us in the Old Mans Cave Visitor center for a fun craft. Paint some rocks to take home or leave in our wildflower garden at the Visitor Center. Wear clothing you don't mind getting paint on. All materials provided.

10AM - 11AM

Cost:

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Old Mans Cave Hike
Tue Jun 18

Join us every Tuesday at 10 am for a one mile hike through Old Mans Cave to celebrate 75 years of parks and 100 years of Hocking Hills public trails. This moderate, one mile hike begins in front of the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6842

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Recycled Bottle Planter
Fri Jun 21

Meet the naturalist in the Visitor Center to make your own self- watering planter out of an old bottle! Wear clothing that you don't mind making a mess in.

2PM - 3PM

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6842

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Toad Abodes
Sat Jun 22

Come decorate your own toad home to give these cute critters a place to chill in the summer heat! Meet in the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6842

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Old Mans Cave Hike
Tue Jun 25

Join us every Tuesday at 10 am for a one mile hike through Old Mans Cave to celebrate 75 years of parks and 100 years of Hocking Hills public trails. This moderate, one mile hike begins in front of the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6842

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Make Your Own Flower Press
Sat Jun 29

Join a naturalist at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center to make your own flower press.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6842

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Marvelous Mammals
Sun Jun 30

Join us at the Visitor Center to learn all about the mammals you can see in our area!

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6842

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Old Mans Cave Hike
Tue Jul 2

Join us every Tuesday at 10 am for a one mile hike through Old Mans Cave to celebrate 75 years of parks and 100 years of Hocking Hills public trails. This moderate, one mile hike begins in front of the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6842

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Rock Painting
Sun Jul 14

Meet us in the Old Mans Cave Visitor center for a fun craft. Paint some rocks to take home or leave in our wildflower garden at the Visitor Center. Wear clothing you don't mind getting paint on. All materials provided.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Old Mans Cave Hike
Tue Jul 16

Join us every Tuesday at 10 am for a one mile hike through Old Mans Cave to celebrate 75 years of parks and 100 years of Hocking Hills public trails. This moderate, one mile hike begins in front of the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6842

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Recycled Paper Making
Sat Jul 20

Did you know you can recycle paper at home? Come do it here at Hocking Hills! Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center. Please be aware that you will have to let your paper dry and come back to collect it or take it home wet.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Marvelous Mammals
Sun Jul 21

Join us at the Visitor Center to learn all about the mammals you can see in our area!

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6842

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Old Mans Cave Hike
Tue Jul 23

Join us every Tuesday at 10 am for a one mile hike through Old Mans Cave to celebrate 75 years of parks and 100 years of Hocking Hills public trails. This moderate, one mile hike begins in front of the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6842

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, 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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