Worth the Hype: Exploring Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills

Old Mans Cave Hocking Hills Review

If you’re looking for a family-friendly getaway that’s close to home, Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills is an adventure you won’t want to miss. Located just about a three-hour drive from Akron, this beautiful spot is perfect for a day trip or, even better, an overnight stay to get the full Ohio getaway effect. Let me share why Old Man’s Cave is the heart of Hocking Hills and why it’s perfect for spending quality time with your loved ones.

A Family Adventure from Upper Falls to Lower Falls

The cave area includes five main sections: Upper Falls, Upper Gorge, Middle Falls, Lower Falls, and Lower Gorge. Each section provides unique views and experiences, making the entire 1.5-mile loop trail a captivating journey through nature and history.

The hike at Old Man’s Cave begins at the Upper Falls, where a picturesque view from the bridge over the gorge will greet you. This spot is incredibly photogenic, so get ready for plenty of selfies and photos!

The trail then winds through the Upper Gorge, passing Middle Falls and finally reaching the Lower Falls. And don’t forget the Devil’s Bathtub when the river rushes down and swirls through a cut-out rock path to the river below. It’s quite the scene as you walk over it on the stone bridge!

What surprised us the most was the sheer number of waterfalls—over a dozen scattered throughout the hike!

The varied terrains, from stone-carved steps to tunnels cut through rock walls, make every turn a new adventure. Even if your family isn’t big on hiking or nature, the beauty and intrigue of Old Man’s Cave will change that.

The Legend of Old Man’s Cave

Old Man’s Cave, named after Richard Rowe—a hermit who lived in the large recess cave—offers a rich tapestry of history and nature. Rowe moved to the Hocking Hills region in the late 1700s and lived out his days exploring and enjoying the beauty of the area. His story, along with those of other early settlers, adds a fascinating historical layer to this already magical place.

Revisiting Memories and Making New Ones

My husband and I first visited Hocking Hills over 25 years ago when we were newly married. While we remembered liking it, we didn’t recall all the details. Fast forward to now, and we’ve raised our kids with a love for hiking, strapping them onto our backs when they were babies and hitting the trails. Our son now attends Ohio University, just a half-hour drive from Hocking Hills. On a recent visit, we decided to explore Old Man’s Cave again.

Walking through the gorge, I couldn’t help but wonder why we hadn’t brought our kids here when they were younger. It felt like we missed an opportunity, but the great thing about nature is that it’s always there, waiting. My son and I had a fantastic time, and we’re excited to return as a family this summer and again in the fall to see the changing leaves. Families with young children to hiking with grandparents, this is a great spot for all, including your dog!

Tips for Visiting Old Man’s Cave

Here are some tips to ensure you have a memorable visit to Old Man’s Cave:

  1. Gear: Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots, especially if the trail is wet or muddy. Bring water and snacks.
  2. Safety: Stay on the marked trails and keep an eye on kids. The cliffs can be steep and dangerous.
  3. Pets: Well-behaved, non-aggressive pets are allowed on a leash, but the terrain can be challenging.
  4. Connectivity: Cell service is spotty, so plan accordingly.

Old Man’s Cave is not just a hike; it’s a journey filled with natural beauty, history, and family memories waiting to be made. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just looking for a scenic walk, this trail has something for everyone. So, pack up your family, hit the road, and explore one of Ohio’s most beloved natural treasures.

Old Man’s Cave
19852 St. Rt. 664 S
Logan, OH 43138

Coordinates: 39.4345112°N, -82.5421036°W

And while you’re in Hocking Hills, don’t miss Rock House Cave, located just 15 minutes from Old Man’s Cave.

It’s the only real cave in the area, offering a unique experience with its gothic-like windows and fascinating history. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or new to hiking, Rock House Cave is a must-see destination that adds another layer of adventure to your trip.

For an unforgettable stay in Hocking Hills, consider the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls.

Fireside at the Inn at Cedar Falls before Dinner

This charming inn offers cozy rooms, private cottages, and historic log cabins, perfect for relaxing after a day of hiking. Staying overnight allows you to fully explore the stunning trails and nearby attractions like Rock House Cave, adding even more adventure to your trip. Whether you’re staying at the Inn at Cedar Falls or just passing through, make sure to indulge in their fine dining experience, where gourmet meals offer a perfect taste of luxury amidst the natural beauty of Hocking Hills.

Check out all our favorite Caves in Ohio and Ohio Waterfalls next!

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Cindy is the top Akron Blogger with her own take on awesome brands for families, where to vacation for families, a beat on local activities and family fun, a knack for getting moms to share , and a house that is always 2 weeks away from a complete remodel!
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