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Beautiful hike defanitly go after some rain for the waterfalls

We hiked this trail on Christmas Eve. it was beautiful. The two mile main section is easy. Then there are two loops off the main section. The first loop is hard. it goes straight up the hill and is the steepest trail I've climbed (including grand canyon trails and rocky mountain trails). The second loop is moderate difficulty. Overall, it was a beautiful hike with just the right amount of challenge for us.

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail to hike!!!
#goruck

An incredibly beautiful walk through the gorge and on the rim. It is busy from the park office to the old mans cave then all the non-hikers turn back. Once you are past the old man’s cave the number of hikers decreases immensely. It’s a beautiful, peaceful walk that has only a few moderate areas of hiking. I will definitely be back.

Everything I could hope for out of a 5 mile hike, 45 minutes from home. The moderate rating seems quite accurate, as the trail ranges from gravel fire road, to steep single track. The climbs are enjoyably tough, and the view from the overlook was great.

Great trail, I little wet this time of year. There are also a few downed trees between Cedar Falls and Ash Cave.

Excellent hike. The slope up to both plateaus is quite steep. As good as it gets for a short hike.

Another day exploring the “this is not a trail” (s) with my person.Great hike and great captures☺️ 

we've been going here for years! never knew it was considered hard

Beautiful overlook – the clearing takes you wonderfully by surprise. Haven’t seen a view like this in Ohio.

on Gorge Trail

1 month ago

High road trail is closed

This hike had been on my list for awhile. Wow, was it worth the wait! The trail is well maintained and the scenery is some of the best I have seen in this general region of the state. There is definitely some terrain here, expect to do some steep climbs and descents (well, steep for Ohio!) but they reward with views from on top of some outstanding rock formations.

Hiked this out and back in two sections.

Day #1 - Started at Mcconells Mill and hiked to about a mile past Walnut Flats and back. The steady rain made footing pretty tricky but it was a challenge with some amazing views. Total - 10.5 miles

Day #2 - Started from Hell’s Hollow and hiked just short of Walnut Flats and back. On way back to car we took the Hells Hollow falls trail which was beautiful. Total - 7.5 miles.

Overall the trail was challenging and had lots of stream crossings, rocky terrain and some sizable elevation. A must if your in the area.

Sooo I loved this hike! I’m in my thirties.. very do-able. However, my two hiking buds were in their 60s annnd this was a bit strenuous for them. 100% recommend trekking poles for someone who isn’t as able- bodied or wants that extra support. I would describe it as light rock crawling lol ... muddy, sometimes slick. I’d say it was about 6 miles round trip. The trail was beautiful though! I just probably wouldn’t have chosen this trail if I knew it was going to be as challenging for those I was with. I’d also leave the pups at home... ours pull way too much for this one. I’ll be back better prepared :) and wear better footwear than tennis shoes.. I doubt this area is ever dry.

This place is an awesome hike. It gives you a variety of terrain and surroundings; from pines, to rick out-croppings, and a beautiful stream. Trail is well marked and easy to follow even with leaves down. There are two loops both with some elevation gain, but with switchbacks so they are not bad. Round trip both loops 4.75 miles. Will make this a regular one!

This was a great trail ... 5 hours and done

Awesome hike with a great loop around Brandywine falls and the gorge itself.

backpacking
2 months ago

Favorite place to hike!

awesome trail, beautiful views. definitely not a beginner hiker's best option. some of the hill climbs are steep, but the trail is well marked and very easy to follow. we took our time & it was about a 4-1/2 hour hike from hells hollow falls to the covered bridge at mcconnels mill. also, we didnt see ANY litter along the whole hike, not did we see many people!

2 months ago

Challenging
Steps. And beautiful views of the river.

The Gorge Overlook was a pleasant, easy trail. It gets crowded by Old Man’s Cave. Recommend to go early morning to beat the crowds.

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.

It’s a little piece of heaven.

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.

Wildflowers and fungi everywhere in the fall and spring! Very muddy, come prepared!

Beautiful hike, would definitely come back.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail.

Nice set of trails close to the Columbus area. Very few people on the trail when we were there. Nicely shaded all throughout. Note that if you park by the covered bridge there is a decent walk to get to the trailhead, maybe about .6 of a mile. Christmas Rock Trail was pleasant but really uneventful. More like a nice nature walk. Jacob’s Ladder is challenging in parts but the overlook at the top is worth the climb.

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