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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 Upper Falls From The Rim Photo
© Bud Schrader Photography
The Upper Falls From The Rim - The view you always get walking out. Shot wide angle

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.

Broken Rock Falls Photo
© Bud Schrader Photography
Broken Rock Falls - Below the lower falls of Old Mans 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.

Rushing Water Photo
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Rushing Water -

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Calendar of Events
Life Cycles
Sat Mar 23

Frogs, butterflies, and earthworms. Oh my! Come meet the naturalist to learn about the life cycles of different organisms. Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Nature Painting
Sun Mar 24

Join the naturalist to paint beautiful scenery or cool critters you can find in the area. This is not a guided class but an opportunity to express yourself artistically with materials and inspiration provided. Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center. Materials are provided but remember this is not a guided class.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Nature Painting
Sat Mar 30

Join the naturalist to paint beautiful scenery or cool critters you can find in the area. This is not a guided class but an opportunity to express yourself artistically with materials and inspiration provided. Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center. Materials are provided but remember this is not a guided class.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Invading Invasives
Fri Apr 12

Warning: Invasive plants have been spotted invading your backyard parks! Learn how to prevent the spread of invasives and help remove some from around the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center. All materials provided.

10AM - 11AM

Cost:

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Recycled Bird Feeders
Sat Apr 13

Come make your own bird feeder out of a recycled bottle. All materials provided but feel free to bring your own bottle! Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost:

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Rock Painting
Sun Apr 14

Come create some painted rocks for your home or our wildflower garden at the Visitor Center. Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center. Wear clothing that you don't mind getting paint on.

10AM - 11AM

Cost:

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Old Mans Cave Hike
Tue Apr 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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Rock Painting
Sat Apr 20

Come create some painted rocks for your home or our wildflower garden at the Visitor Center. Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center. Wear clothing that you don't mind getting paint on.

10AM - 11AM

Cost:

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Old Mans Cave Hike
Tue Apr 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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Recycled Bird Feeders
Sun Apr 28

Come make your own bird feeder out of a recycled bottle. All materials provided but feel free to bring your own bottle! Join us at the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

10AM - 11AM

Cost: Free

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Old Mans Cave Hike
Tue Apr 30

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

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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