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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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Upper Falls -

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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Devils Bathtub Winter HDR. - High Dynamic Range, 3 shots blended to balance the highlights and shadows. Sometimes it looks too garish for my liking. I want my shots to look the way we view them and I don't use this technique anymore.

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

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Calendar of Events
Cabin Fever Cures
Fri Jan 27

1 pm.

Ever wonder what the settlers to the Hocking Hills region did for fun.

They did more than you might have guesses.

Join the naturalist at his cabin for a closer look at our early American recreation.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Hockings Wildlife at the Cabin
Sat Jan 28

2 pm.

Naturalist Cabin located behind the Old Mans Cave visitors Center.

As you pass by on your hike today stop by the Naturalist Cabin, located behind the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center, to explore and take a closer look at some of our native residents.

Naturalist will be available for discussion and to answer questions.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Cabin Fever Cures
Sun Jan 29

2 pm.

Ever wonder what the settlers to the Hocking Hills region did for fun.

They did more than you might have guesses.

Join the naturalist at his cabin for a closer look at our early American recreation.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Tapping of the Maples
Fri Feb 17

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 Man's 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 11th and 12th.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Hockings Owls
Sat Feb 18

2:00 pm.

Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohios winged nocturnal predators.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Maple Sugaring in the Hills
Sat Mar 11

12-4 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,
Grandma Gatewood's Fall Colors Hike
Sat Oct 14

1-5pm

Bring along a cool drink and celebrate the season's colors.

Meet with the naturalist at the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center for a strenuous hike that spans roughly 6 miles of the Grandma Gatewood trail.

We will be traversing the section that runs from Old Man's Cave to Cedar Falls and back while enjoying the scenic beauty and cultural personality.

This hike does include several hills and steps and is not recommended for the easily winded individual. Approximately 3-4 hours.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Wildlife,
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