Old Man’s Cave is one of Ohio’s most popular natural attractions in Ohio and the most visited one in the Hocking Hills. There are six major areas of Hocking Hills State Park: Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, Rock House, Conkle’s Hollow, Cedar Falls and Cantwell Cliffs.

Old Man’s Cave is a natural formation carved into a gorge by the flow of the Salt Creek and melting glaciers. While the cave is relatively small, the gorge runs for about a half mile, and reaches a depth of roughly 150 feet at the deepest point. The area is marked by five distinct areas: Upper Falls, Upper Gorge, Middle Falls, Lower Falls and Lower Gorge. For those interested in hiking through the gorge, Grandma Gatewood Trail runs five miles from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave.

Old Man’s Cave is on State Route 664 in the middle Hocking Hills State Park and only one hour from Columbus, Ohio. Old Man’s Cave is approximately 1 mile long and takes about an hour to hike.

Celebrate Winter in Hocking Hills with the famous Winter Hike on January 16. Enjoy the rugged 6-mile hike from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave. Wear layered clothing and comfortable footwear. Hike starts at 9-11am. Bean soup and hot chocolate are available at Cedar Falls for a donation. Shuttle buses are available to return hikers to their cars at Old Man’s Cave.

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