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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.

Inside Old Mans Cave Photo
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Inside Old Mans Cave - So much to see, but this is what it looks like from inside the 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.

Upper Falls Early Fall Photo
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Upper Falls Early Fall -

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.

Upper Falls, The Classic Look Photo
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Upper Falls, The Classic Look - It had been a rainy morning, but I'm glad I showed up.

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Calendar of Events
Monarchs and Milkweed
Sat Sep 24

Join our Naturalist for a monarch hunt at the visitor center. Learn how to help these wonderful butterflies. Meet the Naturalist in front of the visitor center.

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Wildlife,
Fireside Chat
Sun Sep 25

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

3-4PM

Cost: Free

Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Wildlife,
Old Man's Cave Hike
Tue Sep 27

Join the Naturalist for a fun 1-mile hike through the gorge at old man’s 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 Man’s Cave Visitor Center.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Critter Tracker
Sun Oct 2

Join our Naturalist on a one mile quest through the gorge to learn about the marks left behind by some of Ohio's resident critters.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7406039538

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Old Man's Cave Hike
Tue Oct 4

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,
Wily Coyotes
Fri Oct 7

Learn about some of the most infamous creatures in Ohio, Coyotes! Join the Naturalist at the naturalist cabin behind the visitor center to learn about the sometimes-strained relationship between coyotes and humans.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7402794927

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Whos Hoo
Sat Oct 8

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

11am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Fire Prevention Day
Sun Oct 9

Fire prevention day is typically recognized as a time to teach about fire safety in the home. Let's take some time to learn how to make safe campfires. Meet the Naturalist at the naturalist cabin located behind the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7402794927

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Old Man's Cave Hike
Tue Oct 11

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,
Critter Tracker
Thu Oct 13

Join our Naturalist on a one mile quest through the gorge to learn about the marks left behind by some of Ohio's resident critters.

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7406039538

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Skulls Furs
Fri Oct 14

Stop by the Old Man's Cave Visitor's Center for a look at some of Ohio's resident critters.

10am-12

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Grandma Gatewood's Fall Colors Hike
Sat Oct 15

Meet with the Naturalist at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center for a strenuous 6-mile hike, including roughly 3 miles of the Grandma Gatewood (Buckeye) Trail.

We will be navigating the section which runs from Old Mans Cave to Cedar Falls, returning on the Gorge Overlook Trail. Come enjoy the scenic beauty and cultural personality from one of the most popular gorges in the Hocking Hills.

This hike does include several hills and steps and is not recommended for the easily winded individual. Bring along a cool drink and celebrate the season’s colors with us!

9-1pm

Cost: Free

Phone: 7403856841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Old Man's Cave Hike
Tue Oct 18

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,
Brunch With A Bear
Fri Oct 21

Join the Naturalist at the naturalist cabin behind the Old Man's Cave Visitor's Center to learn how bears prepare to handle the rough winter and if they may ever spend hibernation in the Hocking hills

10am

Cost: Free

Phone: 7402794927

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Old Man's Cave Hike
Tue Oct 25

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 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,
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,
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,
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.

Cost: Free

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

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