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Hocking Hills provides a variety of recreational opportunities in a splendid natural setting. The 2,356-acre park has towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep hemlock-shaded gorges to lure the hiker and naturalist and serve as a backdrop to popular facilities and accommodations.

hiking
17 hours ago

Went on 10/21/17. Ample parking at trail head. I would rate the trail as mildly difficult (there are not many flat areas to walk, a good portion of the trail is on a decline down to the cave and incline back up). It took us an hour to walk down to the cave and back up to the parking lot. Age ranges on the trail varied from young to older, also saw several dogs on the trail. It was very busy and some of the trail is very narrow making it a little more difficult to safely walk past other people. My 10 year old daughter needed some help with parts of the trail (on some of the steeper declines). The cave is very large and pretty, though not as impressive as others in the area. It does have a lot of large rocks to sit on to rest while looking at the views (but with so many people in the cave at once, it turned more into a people-watching event). There was a small waterfall but it had dried down to a few drips (there hasn't been much rain in the area lately).

nature trips
20 hours ago

My first trip to Ash Cave. We wanted an easy walk after finishing our hike at the Whispering Cave trail, so we took the accessible trail which was beautiful, lots of things to look at on the way. I have been to Old Man's, Rock House and Whispering Cave and this is the most impressive of them all. The 100 ft waterfall was beautiful and we were able to play in the stream. The cave was busy but not overly crowded. Someone was using the cave for their wedding at the time and there was also someone who had set up a xylophone and was playing (which made for an interesting sound throughout the cave). Still plenty of room to wander around. Can't wait to go back and check it out this winter when the waterfall is frozen.

Lame sauce. Essentially a fire road

hiking
2 days ago

super easy, large crowds

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Please follow Park rules regarding restraining dogs. On the day we were there, as we began our hike, three people were carrying out a dog that had fallen to its death. Park rangers reported to us at least one dog a year dies from a fall in the Hocking Hills. In every instance the dog is not on a leash.
Difficult trail as old steps on steep trails were in bad shape. Missing waypoint signs at junctions. Dangerous cliff sides need to be navigated with care. Striking features in the park.

Ample parking. Bathrooms at the parking lot. Well marked and easy accessibly trail, very quick hike that would be good for children and beginners. Falls are pretty with several cute walking bridges. SOOOO crowded. Would not go on a weekend again.

Overlook mostly overgrown. "Waterfall" at the cave was just a couple of drops, hardly an actual waterfall. Heavily trafficked, but ample parking. Cave is large and less crowded than Old Man's Cave but almost as impressive. As with the rest of the area, you will have ZERO cell service.

Pros: Really amazing rock feature, short easy hike to it. LOTS of cute and well behaved dogs along the way.
Cons: Oh. My. Goodness. Sooooo crowded. Almost standing room only inside the rocks structure, to the point that it ruined the experience. Would never go on a weekend again.