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Great little hike

7 days ago

Sooooo cool and surprising!

on Rock House

8 days ago

pretty crowded, steep steps, requires some careful climbing, goes to inside of a cave formation with uneven ground. kids love it for exploring, feels like a short walk just a little challenging

Nice graveled trails
Good for all ages and skill level
Stone crops and nice waterfall
Forest and prairie settings
Enjoyed early fall hike

Great trail! Checked out the “rock shelter” and that was just OK. Nothing exciting along the “rock shelter loop”.. I wouldn’t hike that portion again. The rock bridge is really cool and I love that this trail was not very crowded.

9 days ago

Nice, short hike. Lots of people.

We hiked on Tues., Oct. 9th, 10:30a.m. Great trail, but not easy. Hiked Cedar Falls to Rose Lake, to Old Man’s Cave, then Whispering Falls and finished at the entrance to Cedar. 7 mile loop total, and the signs stating the distances between aren’t accurate. Took longer than expected, but there are a lot of roots to navigate your footing on so you don’t twist an ankle. Some muddy and washed out narrow trail spots, and some rock scrambling, but if you take your time and be careful, you’re good. We took our pup and she was able to handle it, but it may be too much for an older/arthritic dog. Beautiful and peaceful for almost the whole hike. Old Man’s Cave and Cedar Falls can be quite busy at times since they are short hikes in from the parking lots.

As other have mentioned, the distance is more like 12 than 10. The south loop from Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls was the most scenic and only one small section would I classify as “hard” — otherwise the trail is easy to moderate throughout. Most of the trail is a wide gravel trail with easy ups and downs.

Beautiful hike, would definitely come back.

21 days ago

22 days ago

I enjoyed the trails. Very few fellow hikers. We saw 4 deer and plenty of squirrels.
There are no facilities. However, Hocking Hills Winery is just a hop, skip, and a jump away.
I thought the trails were solid 'moderate' so wear appropriate shoes and bring poles or walking sticks.

22 days ago

We did this loop for the 1st time. Nice trail. We stayed at Campsite 2. Got to camp around 430, and it was already filling up, (but was expected on a gorgeous fall weekend). We were able to squeeze in, met some nice people, and loved the fresh, cold water. That alone made this trip fantastic!

My dog and I had a great hike. I loved the trail. It wasn’t difficult, but I appreciated some of the elevation changes. I agree that it’s not for all dogs and beginners.

Easy but great day hike. We started at Iron Furnace and did the south loop- although the map said 8miles, technically my iPhone calculated 13, as you need to tack on a few to get to the start of the loop.

Great mix of forest, not too buggy at the end of September. No big views, but a pleasant day nonetheless. At least 4 downed trees, only took a moment to get around, or over or under. But it could also take a an afternoon for the rangers to clear them...
Overall- great hike- highly recommend.

Great trail that's not too crowded. When you park you might see a ton of people, but almost all of them are going to the gorge trail. If you have the willingness to climb a little you will be rewarded with a trail with very few people and lot of great views. Take care though that there are some spots where you hike pretty close to the edge of the rim and you really need to pay attention to avoid tripping over tree roots or rocks. The initial climb is steep but it is mostly stairs instead of an actual trail.

1 month ago

This trail was quite the challenge! Started at X, the Iron Furnace, we did the full trail less the extended north loop in 3 days. 28.34 miles in full. Camped at sites 2 and 3. Drinking water is piped in at each camp site and was delicious! Privies were well maintained. Trail was well marked.

1 month ago

Great views, very child friendly. The only con was that people were smoking cigarettes throughout the trail. I thought Ohio was a “smoke-free” state, judging by the visitors here it’s not. Plus they should set up more recycling bins; the trash was overloaded with plastic.

Beautiful views, not crowded in the AM. Took my 15 month on this, need a baby carrier but it was well worth it. No dogs allowed, you really get a taste of hocking hills and the grandeur of this area is on full display.

I found this trail to be challenging. We hiked from Lake Hope and spent the night at campsite 1, then completed the loop the next day. Great hike and beautiful forest. Some fallen trees, steep inclines and declines to create a challenge and get the heart rate up. We also encountered a large copperhead about a mile out from campsite 1, watching us closely only about 3 feet from the trail. Be careful and very snake aware in this forest.

nice ride along the old canal

1 month ago

The best backpacking trail in Ohio! You really feel secluded when you get to the campsites, night time can be fantastic with the sounds of the coyotes. There is a water well and outhouse at the campsites as well, making it easy to settle in for the night.

The gorge trail was amazing. It was like walking through the movie set for Lord of the Rings!

Love this route. I do a winter hike here every year!

Great hike even in the rain.

this is great for all ages. it's short, easy, and absolutely beautiful. and if you're wanting to get more steps in there are paths to loop around.

Absolutely loved the trails, the scenery was out standing and you can hike from one trail to the other or drive to a different start point to have shorter hikes to the attractions. will definitely be back.

1 month ago

Amazing hike!! So much to see and explore along this trail... you really get a bit of everything. Bring a camera with a nice lens and capture some great nature photos with the family!!! Can't wait to go back!

9.9 miles, not true. I did it today and stayed on the trails, and it came to 12 miles on this app, 12.43 miles on my Samsung Health app which is much more true as I have accurately measured the apps. Love the beauty of this park as any other in Ohio is unmatched. It hasn't rained consistently in a week, thus the waterfalls were dripping and the river was dry in many spots.

1 month ago

Incredible hike. One of my favorite. Ice Box Cave was closed due to an initiative aiming to preserve the bats that inhabit the area. Saw many families and couples. Easy hike with incredible views.

Great place. Little packed but what do you expect for Labor Day weekend and how beautiful this place is. Did a little over 7 miles. Old man cave and then cedar falls. Great time and a awesome hike.

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