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Great place to walk. Flat, clear trails. Several different trails of different lengths. Surroundings are beautiful. Mostly out in the open. Very little shaded/wooded areas on the trails. You can bring your dog!

Thought this was the least impressive of all the Hocking Hills area trails. Initial rock structures were beautiful but after that it's just woods; I can see that anywhere in Ohio. If you're in the area; Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Cedar Falls, Rock House, and Conkle's Hollow were much more beautiful hikes.

Great hike. Started around 730 and the place was EMPTY. By the time I left it was packed. Glad I got to experience this gorgeous park. Still can’t believe it’s located in Ohio!

The trail is a grumpy old man, one minute it is great and the next it is an angry grumpy man that crapped himself. I took my son for his first backpacking trip and the section of trail from Dock 1 (southern most point, or mile 18 on the pdf map) to the northern end of the trail was beautiful, well marked, and well maintained. We saw a couple turkey, two bald eagles, and a deer! We camped at the open campground (free) and the only other visitors we saw were the raccoons in the middle of the night trying to get to our food bag in the tree. Luckily, the noxious gas coming from my rear end as a result of some "not-so-tasty three cheese chicken and zucchini pasta" and a strobe flashlight kept them from eating all our food.

The second part of our hike was crap. The northern and northwestern portion of the trail is also a horseback riding trail. That fact, combined with the low elevation and swamp-like environment made for some of the muddiest trail conditions I have ever seen. The weight of the horses create a field of holes the size of 2 liters that fill with water and then make the entire trail nearly impassable. My son almost lost his boots three times. There were frogs living in the footprints of the horses. I have never seen sitting water on uphills and downhills until I hiked Burr Oak! Also, keep in mind that horses crap and through some miracle of defecation the horse crap is scattered between all the water filled holes so you are forced to navigate muddy/crap scattered/frog infested mine fields only to be excited that you are coming up to a steep incline... just to have your mind blown that somehow, gravity and water don't follow the laws of physics at Burr Oak.

The last element of the trail that left a lasting impression was the spider web situation. I used my trekking poles to limit the number of spider webs that I ate. Walking into spider webs is expected on hikes, but this was like I was on a TV show where they try to see how much crap I can deal with before losing my s#!t! I would also have to give some props to the kamikaze gnats that repeated flew directly into my eyes.

The open camp site, south eastern portion of the trail offer cool views and neat caves, and the beach was a pleasant escape at the end of our 2nd day! @Thefunnyreview1
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The trail is pretty crowded in the beginning and cave areas but otherwise it was nice. Wife and I enjoyed the buckeye trail section the most.

Trees down every and it wasn’t marked very good for the trails

Easy as it gets! Grew up loving this park. Nice visitor center. Simple to find on the way to Newark. Beautiful gardens, trees and lots of birds and bees!

Absolutely beautiful! My 4 year old son saw his first Monarch butterfly of the season on this hike. Lots of fun.

We hiked this trail on our first trip to the Hocking Hills area. The steps down into the gorge were pretty cool although a little slick in a few places. Once you get to the bottom, you have a choice of two different trails. The red trail is a little more challenging with bigger climbs. We did part of that one then jumped over to the yellow trail which was quite a bit easier. The whole thing is marked as being exactly two miles, but the sections we did, according to my Garmin ended up being 2.3 miles and we left off a good portion of the red loop. We have a 10 year old and a couple of the spots can be a little concerning. Great little hike and I can't wait to go back to explore the rest of the HH trails!

The trail was ok. I wish it was marked better. The cave was beautiful. I went early so that was enjoyable! Towards the end there were TONS of people out hiking! I would say I enjoyed Mohican better but I do like the caves.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery. A nice bit of elevation change here and there. I only wish it was a little longer. The trails were well blazed but clearly there’s been some tree damage in the area. A great little hike with plenty of eye candy.

Very hot day! The trail and hot spots were crowded, but it did not bother the beauty! A nice moderate hike.

EGGS Hike - mud , overflowing streams , more mud and fallen trees. What’s not to love

Another great trail in the hocking hills area. A little crowded at the start of the trail but in between the points of interest it’s a nice quiet trail

It’s gorgeous, but I have yet to catch it when it’s not overly busy.

Nothing better in this area. It can even be turned into a loop and backpacked if you talk to the rangers ahead of time;
http://crazywindhiking.blogspot.com/2017/04/backpacking-in-hocking-hills-yeah-its.html
I would recommend starting from Ash Cave, head to Cedar Falls, then take the rim trail to Old Man’s Cave, and returning by way of the gorge trail

Beautiful scenery but pretty congested with people. Might be better early in the morning or in the evening.

I live fairly close and do this hike at least once a summer with my dogs. I recommend parking at Cedar Falls and hiking from there to Old Mans Cave first. Then hike on a different trail (thus forming a loop) from there back to Cedar Falls. That’s about 6 miles. I stop at this point to give my dogs a break and do a picnic lunch since the car is nearby. Then from there we hike to Ash Cave and back (another 6 mile round trip but not a loop trail). That makes a total of about 12 miles for the day. It gives both the dogs and me a good workout for the day.

hiking
2 months ago

The scenery, the ambience, nature herself was top form, but these trails are horribly marked! I ended up fording streams, climbing over fallen trees and walking ten miles in 85 degree heat to get back. By the time I passed the park office I was bloodied, dehydrated and covered in mud. The ‘helpful’ staff told me how far it was to my starting point but didn’t ask about my condition, or offer to get me there. Not a great park, definitely a great workout.

Had a great time

Loved the views and the beautiful rocks.

Best hike in the Hocking Hills. Personally, I would call it moderate in difficulty.

Love this place

Beautiful!

Great views between rocks, caves, waterfalls, etc. it was pretty heavily trafficked on a weekend day but the views made the difference. There are a lot of trail options though which made for great options and variety.

hiking
3 months ago

We liked the narrow stairs through the rock down to the grotto. Up around the rim we found less people, which was nice. Very long drive for us to get there so not sure when we’ll go back.

Beautiful area, but like to of people on the weekend. If you can go during the week, I’d do it.

trail running
3 months ago

Visited on 4/7/18. This paved trail would be great for a leisurely walk or bike ride. I made a two hour trip to run this path and it's side trails. The Quarry Rim Trail has some great views of a limestone quarry. The Chestnut Trail has some serious elevation gain with a decent view as payoff. You can access both trails from the main paved path. The wet bridge area has suffered from flooding, so it was extremely muddy when I went through. The Main Parking Lot is paved with quite a few spaces and a bathroom. The West Parking Lot is a small gravel lot off the side of the road. The area is well maintained and I would recommend if you live somewhat close. There is nothing spectacular here, but it's a nice little area to explore.

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