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Great little hike

5 days ago

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

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.

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

trail running
16 days ago

I love this trail! The trail is well marked so you won’t get lost. It’s full of fun swimming holes with a couple of rope swings and logs to take a breather on. It’s good for walking or running but I wouldn’t bike it because there are a ton of trees in the middle of the muddy path.

This is a very beautiful loop with a nice wide trail to run on. I came across some art while going past a checkpoint and it made me smile.

Beautiful hike, would definitely come back.

19 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.

19 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!

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.

29 days 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.

I went as soon as the park opened and it was such a beautiful and peaceful place. I only did a few of the loops and it took me around an hour and a half. It was very hilly at some points so I got a good workout in, that’s for sure! The trail was well kept, there was even a ranger there mowing a field, and besides from him, I’m pretty sure I was the only one there. You DO need a
permit to see the waterfalls, which you can get online and I think it only takes a few days to get back. I stuck to viewing the ponds and it was nice enough for me.

I also saw a box turtle, hawk, and a deer, which were all good company. I can’t wait to explore more!

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.

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!

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.

pretty nice trail, the walking trail is only 5 miles the mountain bike trail is 8.5 miles! just a heads up about the distance, the trails are marked but they were hard to understand since the map at the trail head did not show the mountain bike trail. the blue trail is for walking and red/ orange trail is for mountain bikes. the trail itself was nice they have recently put in several new bridges, the old ones looked very unsafe. we came across a few dozen trail runners and probably a dozen bikers on our trip. the lake was pretty busy being labor day weekend. there is a shooting range on site and it is a hunting area during hunting season so dogs may not be a good idea. I will be going back

Very pretty trail! After the pavement stops there is a waterfall worth going forward for.

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.

I was the 3rd car in the lot this morning. By the time I finished, the police were ticketing all the people who parked off the road. The hike was phenomenal!

Old Man's Cave to Cedar Falls through the long tunnel, then out to Ash Cave and return on the Gorge Overlook. Well worth the drive!

Great trail. We followed Kelly’s advice. Spent a prolonged period of time by the water fall contemplating life. The trail was much more populated near the rock bridge. A great way to spend the morning. Side note, we are staying at Boulder’s edge cabins directly across from this trail and LOVE them.

Terribly overgrown! Could only stand to hike half of the loop. Spiders everywhere.

Started at Ash Cave and hiked to Old Man Cave via the ridge line trails. Returned to Ash Cave via the Buckeye Trial (Blue). It is great to see the caves, but those sections are very crowded as others have noted. I would not rate this trial as moderate vs difficult. But for Ohio this is very scenic and diverse hike.

Paved trail with lots of other trail head intersections. Great for kids in strollers.

Really a fun trail. Out and back. We were lucky that the pink lotus blossoms were in bloom and carpeted the lake. It was so beautiful.

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!

walked with my son in 2017. the lake was full of lilipads in bloom. definately a killer hill at the end.going counter clockwise as we did. i think it's more than 3 miles + the way the trails conected. then the walk back to the car as well. I'd recommend this for nature hike birding fishing alike.since there were spots to do those things along the way.

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