The Hocking Hills are home to everything you could possibly consider exploring. From deep gorges to scenic overlooks, adventurers flock here to see the area for themselves. During your expeditions, consider heading to a spot like the Whispering Cave in Hocking Hills State Park. You can visit year round, and it’s close to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls! Discover even more places to explore when you access our complimentary Vacation Guide.
About the Whispering Cave in the Hocking Hills
If you love the popular caves in Hocking Hills State Park, like Ash Cave, add one of the park’s newest attractions to your list. Whispering Cave opened to the public in 2017 and has quickly become a favorite spot of many. The new trail is open year-round from dawn until dusk, so you can visit no matter when you stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls!
The cave itself is almost 300 feet wide and has a gorgeous, 150-foot waterfall pouring from its upper rim. There are guardrails along the edge of the cave for your safety, but there are some low rocks and steep areas.
If you’re coming from the Visitor Center at Old Man’s Cave, turn left onto OH-664 and drive for about a mile. Turn left at the entrance of the Hocking Hills State Park Cabins, then park in the lodge parking lot. You’ll find the trailhead near the back of the parking lot! The trail is very well-marked, so you should have no trouble finding it.
You can follow Google Maps to the trailhead here.
Hiking to the Whispering Cave
To get to the Whispering Cave in the Hocking Hills, you’ll have to take the new Hemlock Bridge Trail. There is a labeled, shorter spur trail at a split that you can take straight to the Whispering Cave. The hike is 1.5 miles long and takes about a half hour to complete. On your way, you’ll come across stairs, a scenic overlook, and some cliffs. It even has the park’s first swinging bridge! Keep in mind that this is not an easy trail; there are some rugged parts and stairs that make it a moderate hike.
If you’d like to keep hiking, the Hemlock Bridge Trail passes the Whispering Cave and connects with the trail to Old Man’s Cave and Cedar Falls.
Get the Hocking Hills State Park Guide
The Whispering Cave is just one of the many attractions in Hocking Hills State Park! Our Hocking Hills State Park Guide is filled with local suggestions on all the things to do and see. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is only about 1.5 miles away from this impressive park, so you can easily access it during your stay.
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Experience the beauty of Hocking Hills State Park when you stay with us at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls! This park surrounds our property on three sides and features countless wonders like the Whispering Cave. Browse our accommodations to start planning your stay; we have yurts, cottages, cabins, and geodomes. Plus, there’s a spa and restaurant right on our property!