What Is the Devil’s Bathtub in Hocking Hills?

About five minutes from the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls is one of the prettiest spots in the world – The Devil’s Bathtub. This unique natural wonder is a gem of Hocking Hills State Park and is sure to take your breath away! Guests can find it along the Old Man’s Cave area hiking trails, or between the Upper Falls and the A-Frame Bridge. Just be sure to bring your camera! Here’s how you can experience the Devil’s Bathtub and some other famous locations in the park.

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Explore the Devil’s Bathtub in Hocking Hills

The Devil’s Bathtub is a fascinating piece of streambed. It consists of a unique tiered waterfall located between the Upper Falls and Old Man’s Cave. The tub is situated in a weak layer of Blackhand sandstone and is constantly being 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. Whether you’re a Hocking Hills local or are just passing through, the Devil’s Bathtub is truly a sight to behold. 

Fun Fact: While legend has it that the pool extends deep into the depths of Hades, it’s actually only a few feet deep!

How to Get There

To reach the Devil’s Bathtub, start your trek at the visitor’s center by taking the one-mile Buckeye Trail. This trail is the perfect distance for an afternoon stroll and offers numerous sites 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 pointing towards the Devil’s Bathtub and find the stone bridge, which crosses the stream almost directly above the basin. The view from here is fantastic!

Other Nearby Attractions

If you want to see the rest of the sites 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 information on the best places to visit in Hocking Hills State Park, check out our Things To Do page.

Book Your Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

Before you start mapping out your trek to Devil’s Bathtub, be sure to book your stay with us! Our bed and breakfast is surrounded by Hocking Hills State Park and is just minutes from all of the destinations listed above. Our guest rooms, cottages, and cabins will keep you comfortable throughout your stay, and our onsite restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and a full complimentary breakfast for overnight guests. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a day in the wilderness! We look forward to having you.

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