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 Hemlock Bridge Trail leading to Whispering Cave. Each of these park areas offers a unique experience for those who walk its paths no matter what season (the park is open year around from dawn to dusk). Located in the southern edge of Hocking County, All trails are open dawn to dusk all year long. Hikers must remain on designated trails. There is no swimming or walking in the waterfalls or creeks. Dogs must remain on a leash at all times (no pets allowed in Conkle's Hollow, a nature preserve).

Cantwell Cliffs - Hocking Hills State Park - Ohio 374, Rockbridge, OH 43149 GPS Tracking: 39.539749, -82.575945

Cantwell Cliffs is known for its  deep valleys, high cliffs, and rock shelter. Visitors can either hike the rim trail or follow the narrow passageway along the valley floor. One of the most unique features in the area is "The Squeeze" a narrow passage visitors may access to reach the bottom of the gorge. It is located down the long set of rock steps and to the right before entering the cave.

The trail is about a 1/2 mile and takes about 40 minutes to hike.



Hocking Hills State Park Map


Click Map for Larger PDF - 1 Way Trail

Start at Parking Area. End at Parking Area.

Yellow: Bottom of Gorge (Yellow Blazes on Trees)

Red: Top of Gorge Rim Trail (Red Blazes on Trees)



Cantwell Cliffs - Hocking Hills State Park

Visitors to the park can stroll the trails from dawn to dusk. Parking lots cleared at dusk.

Cantwell Cliffs - Hocking Hills State Park

Cliff faces and a meandering, primitive trail. Pets are allowed on leash. However, there are steep rock steps and it is not recommended for pets or those with physical limitations.


Cantwell Cliffs - Hocking Hills State Park

There are steps, cliffs, rock faces, and inclines.

Cantwell Cliffs - Hocking Hills State Park

Not recommended for small children and dogs because of the cliffs. Please keep children close if you take them to the area.

The Squeeze. The most crowded times for park trails is around noon to three on weekends.

Beautiful views and hike.