The Hocking Hills State Park is full of incredible rock formations, waterfalls, and hiking trails. During your stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, you’ll have complete access to this enchanting forest. Inside, there are countless sights to see. We recommend heading to one of the most popular spots in the park: Ash Cave. As the largest recess cave in Ohio, it is sure to impress any adventurer. Get a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide for even more things to do and see in the area!
Ash Cave, located in the Hocking Hills State Park, is named for large amounts of ash that early settlers discovered in the cave. No one knows exactly where the ashes came from, but many believe that Native Americans used Ash Cave for their shelter hundreds of years ago. The largest pile of ashes found here was thirty feet wide and three feet deep and is thought to come from their campfires.
When it was first found by early settlers, Ash Cave was used as a temporary church. Keep an eye out for the Pulpit Rock at the opening of the enormous cave!
Ash Cave measures nearly 700 feet from end to end and is 100 feet deep. At the center, there is a stunning waterfall that rains over the recess. If you want to see the waterfall, we recommend heading over in the spring when the snow is melting. During this time, you can also see the colorful wildflowers that blanket the forest floor! Or, you can see the falls turn into an incredible ice formation in the winter.
Visiting The Cave
The trail leading to Ash Cave is paved, so it is easily accessible for everyone — including those in wheelchairs and strollers. This easy hike is fun for all ages, and there is even a picnic area by the parking lot for you to enjoy. However, we recommend getting one of our brown bag lunches and eating it by the cave itself so you can take in its beauty as you relax.
Ash Cave is a staple in our community, and there are always events going on here! Visitors and locals gather for events throughout the year. Our favorites include the Sweethearts Hike and Christmas in Ash Cave. The annual Sweethearts Hike is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Every February, couples take a guided stroll to the cave and enjoy several short stops along the way. A campfire, free cookies, and hot chocolate await your arrival. Christmas in Ash Cave kicks off with a lantern walk to the cave. Once there, guests can sip refreshments by an open fire, decorate a Christmas tree, and take photos with Santa.
Book Your Hocking Hills Getaway
After your adventure to Ash Cave, you’ll need a place to come back and relax. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is the perfect option! Hocking Hills State Park surrounds our property on three sides, making it the perfect home base for exploring while you stay in our Hocking Hills State Park cabin rentals. Make sure you get our Hocking Hills State Park Guide for even more things to do and see in the forest! Browse our cozy accommodations to start planning your stay; you can choose from cabins, cottages, B&B rooms, and even yurts. Plus, we have an outstanding spa you can relax in after your hike. We look forward to having you!