Explore the southeastern Ohio through its ghost stories, folklore, and legends!
Did you know that Ash Cave has a ghost? This pale lady has been known to follow hikers along the trail. Most believe she is just a typical tourist until they note her clothing would be more practical during the 1920s . . . and she suddenly disappears! Ash Cave's Pale Lady has startled many and has been a staple story around the campground campfires. But this Ash Cave ghost isn't the only spirit haunting the Hocking Hills.
Old Man's Cave is haunted by an old 1700s trapper named Retzler, whose body was discovered in a recess cave at the park by two boys nearly a hundred years after his death when exploring the cave one evening. His ghost walked by the boys with a white wolfhound at his side and disappeared at the end of the cave. For years after, many traveled to see the old man's bones lying in a shallow grave. It was first called Dead Man's Cave, then later changed to a less-creepy version, "Old Man's Cave." And you can hike to the cave too! It is located just below the naturalist cabin at Old Man's Cave hiking region and part of the Old Man's Cave trail system beginning at the kiosk in the parking area.
-Moonville Tunnel in Zaleski has long been taunted as the most haunted place in Appalachia. The small town proper had only two families. Still, the Cincinnati and Marietta Railway ran through this tiny coal mining and milling area, and those in outlying communities used its path to get from one town to another. The number of trains and people using the same route made for many deaths. And after that, more than a few ghosts, like the most well-known, an engineer who died after his train wrecked near the tunnel. Watch for Moonville night hikes, ghost stories, and ghost hunts at Haunted Ohio - Moonville Tunnel site!
We've got it all in the Hocking Hills. Even ghosts.
There are seven major hiking areas in Hocking Hills State Park - All are one-way trail systems.
Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, and Whispering Cave Trail. These park areas offer a unique experience for those who walk its paths no matter what season (the park is open year-round from dawn to dusk)—located on the southern edge of Hocking County. But those are just a handful. There are many hiking trails in the Hocking Hills include those at Wayne National Forest, Clear Creek Metro Parks, Lake Hope State Park, Vinton County Park District's Moonville Tunnel, and Hocking College's Robbins Crossing (with park programs) and the Athens Hock-Hocking Adena Rail Trail bikeway.