The Hocking Hills region of Ohio is filled with hidden gems that you can’t find anywhere else. From impressive recess caves to cascading waterfalls, you’re sure to be amazed by the natural beauty this area has to offer. The Devil’s Bathtub, a unique streambed in the Hocking Hills, is no exception. Read on to find out more about this captivating attraction!
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Your Guide to Visiting the Devil’s Bathtub in the Hocking Hills
What Is the Devil’s Bathtub?
The Devil’s Bathtub is a fascinating stretch of a streambed. It consists of a unique, tiered waterfall between the Upper Falls and Old Man’s Cave. The tub is situated in a weak layer of Black Hand Sandstone and is constantly enlarged by the swirling action of Old Man’s Creek. The upper part of the falls drops into a deep, bowl-shaped basin, forming a captivating whirlpool before dropping again into the large pool below.
Although the pool is rumored to extend deep into the depths of Hades, it’s only a few feet deep!
How to Get There
To reach the Devil’s Bathtub, begin at the visitor’s center, then take the Buckeye Trail for one mile. This trail is the perfect distance for an afternoon stroll and boasts numerous beautiful sights along the way. The first thing you’ll stumble upon is the Upper Falls, a gorgeous waterfall that cascades over the rocks. Continue your hike on the path towards the Devil’s Bathtub, find the stone bridge, and cross the stream directly above the basin. The views from this vantage point are spectacular!
Explore More at Hocking Hills State Park
If you want to see the rest of the sights within the park, continue down the Devil’s Bathtub path until you see the A-Frame Bridge Over Gorge, Lower Falls, and Old Man’s Cave. You can also take the Buckeye Trail to Cedar Falls. For more recommendations about what to explore in the park, be sure to reference our free Hocking Hills State Park Guide. It goes right to your email, so you can reference it during your adventure!
Stay Nearby at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is surrounded on three sides by Hocking Hills State Park. When you stay on our property, you’re quite literally surrounded by adventure! It’s one of the best places to stay if you want to visit the Devil’s Bathtub, as it’s just a short distance from the Hocking Hills State Park Visitor’s Center where you will begin your journey.
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls offers a variety of lodging options to choose from, including cabins, yurts, cottages, geodomes, and Hocking Hills lodges. We also have an on-site restaurant and a spa, so you can simply relax after your adventure.
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