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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.

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Broken Rock Falls - Below the lower falls of Old Mans 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.

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Old Man's Cave Gorge -

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.

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Broken Staircase, Broken Rock Falls - Years of floods have taken thier toll on the old trail that is no longer maintained or marked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
Winter Hike at Hocking Hills
Sat Jan 20

9:00 am - 11:00 am Continuous starts.

Join the Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike 6-mile trek to view the beauty of the hills and caves and waterfalls in winter. Start at Old Mans Cave on a hike to Ash Cave with a stop at Cedar Falls for refreshments (for a donation).

Transportation is provided back to parking area near Old Mans Cave.

Hocking Hills State Park is located about 55 miles southeast of downtown Columbus on State Route 664 in Hocking County.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Fireside Chat
Sat Jan 27

1:00 pm

Bundle up and meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin located by the A frame Bridge at Old Man s Cave to talk about the topic of the day. Each visit will bring a different topic ranging from local folklore and history to plants and animals. We might even sneak in a special guest or two. Bring a mug along we will have the kettle on. If you would like to know the topic for the fireside chat, please call the naturalist no sooner than the week before the scheduled date.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film, Wildlife, Historical,
The Wonders of Old Man's Cave
Sat Jan 27

10:00 am.

Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found through the park.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Fireside Chat
Sat Feb 3

1:00 pm

Bundle up and meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin located by the A frame Bridge at Old Man s Cave to talk about the topic of the day. Each visit will bring a different topic ranging from local folklore and history to plants and animals. We might even sneak in a special guest or two. Bring a mug along we will have the kettle on. If you would like to know the topic for the fireside chat, please call the naturalist no sooner than the week before the scheduled date.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film, Wildlife, Historical,
Tapping of the Maples
Fri Feb 9

10:00 am.

It is the wonderful time of year to prepare for fresh maple syrup. Ever wondered where all that maple syrup comes from... Join the naturalist at the Naturalist cabin located behind the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center and try your hand at tapping your own tree as we prepare for the annual Maple Sugaring in the Hills event on March 10th and 11th.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6561

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
The Wonders of Old Man's Cave
Sat Feb 17

10:00 am.

Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found through the park.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Fireside Chat
Sun Feb 25

1:00 pm

Bundle up and meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin located by the A frame Bridge at Old Man s Cave to talk about the topic of the day. Each visit will bring a different topic ranging from local folklore and history to plants and animals. We might even sneak in a special guest or two. Bring a mug along we will have the kettle on. If you would like to know the topic for the fireside chat, please call the naturalist no sooner than the week before the scheduled date.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film, Wildlife, Historical,
Maple Sugaring in the Hills
Sat Mar 10Sun Mar 11

12:00 - 7:00 pm.

Meet at the naturalist cabin behind the Old Mans Cave visitor center.

Discover how syrup is made, and savor the taste of the season as we boil down our local maple sap. Discover the many methods used throughout history to make this tasty treat.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

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