Old Man’s Cave is one of the 7 major hiking trails of Hocking Hills State Park in southern Ohio. The one-way loop trail is approximately 1 to 1.5 miles long and begins at the kiosk at Upper Falls.
Hikers can choose from 2 exits:
Exit 1—At Old Man’s Cave, which ends at the Naturalist Cabin and Visitor Center. The trail is 1 mile and takes about 60 minutes.
Exit 2— Past Old Man’s Cave to Lower Falls, following a steep incline with an elevation change at the winding stairway, which ends at the Naturalist Cabin and Visitor Center. Exit 2 is 1.5 miles and takes about 1.5 hours.
-Hikers can also take a spur trail to Broken Rock Falls, which for about ¼ in and ¼ out is a two-way trail (less crowded).
-Hikers can also access a trail near the A-Frame Bridge by the Naturalist Cabin to head to Cedar Falls and Ash Cave.
It is a one-way 6-mile hike to Ash Cave, and there is no bus service for return hikers.
-A wheelchair/stroller accessible trail runs from the Park/Camp office past the visitor center to Lodge Road. It is a little more than a half-mile in length and includes a ramp and observation deck at Upper Falls.
-For a more strenuous extended walk, hikers can take the BLUE TRAIL to Lower Falls, past Rose Lake, the Cedar Falls A-Frame Bridge, and then to Cedar Falls, which is three more miles one way.
This hike may be considered strenuous for those who are not physically fit, do not hike regularly, or have health issues such as knee surgeries or heart problems. It involves a moderate to a steep incline, uneven steps, cliff edges, and steeper terrain. It is not suitable for young children or pets.
HIKERS MUST REMAIN ON THE MARKED TRAIL. Well-behaved, non-aggressive pets are permitted on a leash (not recommended because of cliffs). There is NO wading or swimming allowed in the waterfalls or creeks.
The trail is one-way with an entrance at the kiosk by the parking lot at Upper Falls. Old Man's Cave is busiest in the later morning and afternoon. Weekdays are much less crowded. Hikers must stay on designated trails!
Hikers can view recess caves along the trail, including the well-known Old Man’s Cave, waterfalls like Lower Falls and Devil’s Bathtub, cliffs, stone tunnels, and unique rock formations like Sphinx Head.
Hikers traverse a rock bridge over Devil's Bathtub, a unique formation along the trail. There are also stone tunnels to walk through. There are also narrow paths along cliffs, so those with a fear of heights or balance issues may want to try another trail.
7 different hiking areas of Hocking Hills State Park- Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, and Whispering Cave.
Take a short hike through Old Man's Cave in southeastern Ohio's Hocking Hills with Jannette Quackenbush, one of the founders of The Hocking Hills, an official organization/agency only minutes from Ash Cave offering visitor information, cabin rental information, maps, hiking trail information, and travel guides in the Heart of Ohio's Hocking Hills and in Ohio since 1997-over 27 years!
Start at Parking Area. End at Parking Area.
Blue: Bottom of Gorge (Blue Blazes on Trees)
Red: Top of the Gorge Rim Trail (Red Blazes on Trees)
Purple is the Whispering Cave Loop Trail
Upper Falls at Old Man's Cave is one of the starting points for the one-way loop trail.
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.