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

11 days ago

One of my favorite spots in Hocking Hills. They added a concrete wall inside of the formation to prevent you from climbing out on the edge now but you can easily hop over it. There’s an easy way there, and “difficult”. Views from here in the fall are spectacular!

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.

Easy hike and pretty short out and back. Definitely a different feel from Old Man's Cave gorge. The gorge is narrower and greener in my opinion. Well worth the hike and the waterfall at the end is really nice.

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17 days ago

A busy, short trail. Lots of kids. The rock house is a must see. Easy hike. Squeeze this hike into your day!

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

It was a beautiful trail. Took our toddlers. Was easy enough for them and they really enjoyed the waterfall.

Great little hike

Steps and steps and more steps! Loved it

on Rock House

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1 month 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

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1 month ago

nice short easy trail that takes you into the woods, nice scenery and nature walk, paved

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1 month ago

lots of steps but short path, we all liked it, good for families

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.

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1 month ago

Easy hike. The falls are really pretty. Good for all skill levels. We combined this with a number of other trails of varying difficulty today and this leg was definitely a highlight. It can get crowded starting mid morning on the weekend.

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.

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1 month 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 w dramatic scenery

Went with my wife. It was beautiful and able to get great shots.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike, would definitely come back.

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2 months 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.

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.

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.

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

Go after it rains. The waterfalls are way cooler.

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.

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.

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