Hocking Hills State Park Hiking

Hocking Hills State Park -

Ash Cave


Ash Cave   Cedar Falls   Old Man's Cave   Cantwell Cliffs   Rock House Conkle's Hollow


Cedar Falls and Ash Cave

There are six major hiking areas in Hocking Hills State Park -  Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls and Cantwell Cliffs. Each of these park areas offers a unique experience for those who walk its paths no matter what season. There are hemlock-lined trails at Cedar Falls and huge rock formations in Old Man's Cave, waterfalls at Ash Cave and breathtaking overlooks at Conkle's Hollow. Visitors to the park are sure to treasure their explorations for years to come.  Rich in forested areas and natural wonders, there are over 25 miles of hiking trails in the Hocking Hills State Park system.  Ash Cave is Ohio's largest recess cave. It is well known for its seasonal waterfall.


Ash Cave - Hocking Hills State Park  GPS Tracking: 39.395993,-82.545927

Located in the southern edge of Hocking County, Ash Cave can be reached by walking a handicap accessible trail that leads hikers  through a beautiful gorge lined with stately hemlocks.

Although the cave was named for the huge pile of ashes found by early settlers in the cave shelter, the source of the ashes is still a mystery.

Towering hemlocks, a cascading waterfall and a wide recess cave make Ash Cave one of Hocking Hills State Park's most popular hiking trails. An added bonus is that the part of the trail leading to the cave is asphalt and easily accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.


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Ash Cave Hiking Trail

 Visitors to the park can learn about the uniqueness with Naturalist-led hikes.

Ash Cave - Frontier Trail Hike  - Hands-on interpreted history of the park and region.

Ash Cave - Dogs are allowed on the trails. They must be in control and on a leash.


Ash Cave - Hocking Hills State Park

Ash Cave - Winter Hike

Ash Cave Hiking Trail

Ash Cave in summer - It is open from dawn to dusk.

Winter in the Hocking Hills - Ash Cave 

The trail is asphalt - stroller and wheelchair accessible.

There is an upper and lower trail at Ash Cave. Each is approximately a 1/2 mile long. The lower trail is handicap accessible along a paved sidewalk ending in the large sandy region of the recess cave. It takes approximately a 1/2 hour to hike the trail.

The upper section is a little more rugged and takes 40 -  45 minutes to an hour to complete.

Ash Cave Map                  

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Ash Cave - Hocking Hills State Park Hiking Map -Trails


Directions: From Logan  - Take State Route 93 south to State Route 56