Whispering Cave & Hemlock Bridge at Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio
Whispering Cave is divided into two separate trails. Both trails have a combination of dirt paths, wood and gravel stairs, and board walks overtop of the ground in extra wet locations. Trekkers begin their march on the Hemlock Bridge Trail. After 0.6 miles, the trail forks. To the right is the 0.2 mile Whispering Cave Trail. Venture down this path to experience the 300 foot recess cave and waterfall. To the left, you will continue on Hemlock Bridge Trail. After another 0.4 miles, there is a viewing area offering stunning views of the vast pine forest that calls Hocking Hills home. From this vantage point, hikers can start the 1 mile walk back to the trail head. Or, continue on the trail and turn right to begin a 1.2 mile hike to Cedar Falls. Continue on the trail and turn left, and you will reach Old Man's Cave in 0.7 miles.
The Whispering Cave trail head is located in the parking lot of the Hocking Hills Lodge that burned down in 2016. A new and improved lodge with an estimated cost of $31 million has completed construction and is now open to the public as of October, 2022! Upon your arrival at Whispering Cave, you will notice the addition of a new disc golf course. The Disc golf course is temporarily closed due to construction of the lodge.