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Airplane Rock and Chapel Cave Loop

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Hocking State Forest

Airplane Rock and Chapel Cave Loop is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rockbridge, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and horses. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 623 ft Route type Loop

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Cave

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Yannette Gallego
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Hiking

Even though it was clearly marked, it was still a little bit hard to follow. We found the Cave and from there it was a lot easier. Fantastic trail. Lots of open space, mostly, if not all shaded. We did the Cave and the full loop and my Strava marked it as 5.3 miles. About 4 miles in or so, the trails takes you to the road, the trail is to the right, follow it till you see the “bridge”, you’ll also see more orange trail markers, make a right and you’re in the home stretch. Today is our last day in Ohio and we went out with a bang. Beautiful trail...now back to flat a#$ Florida haha

Courtney Birkhimer
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Hiking

It was great just suggest you look at the map for the cave hiking, we followed the exact loop and missed where you break off to go down to the caves

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Rachel Christen
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Followed the 'orange' trail all the way through past airplane rock. Once past the rock, this trail is definitely difficult. Practically had to crawl back to the car because of the up and down slopes that felt like hills.

Armando Hedrick
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HikingMuddyRocky

Due to COVID, Old Man’s Cave and Cedar Falls are one-way, so it complicates things a little. We started at Old Man’s Parking and walked the one way through Old Man’s Cave. Ended up back at the parking lot and started over. But instead of right to the Cave, took left to Lower Falls then took the Gorge trail to Cedar Falls. Pretty rocky and muddy terrain with lots of roots. Very lush in the gorge and we had a lot of fun climbing rocks. After the one way through Cedar Falls, we climbed a large number of stairs to get to the Old Man’s Cave Rim trail. Little over 7 miles when we finished. You will exert a lot of energy. If you’re out of shape or not used to hiking over rocky terrain and change in elevation, you will be tired lol.

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Stephanie Huffman
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Patrick Tucker
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Amanda Cowgill
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Ive done the white trail to chapel cave and the falls a bunch. That section is probably my favorite, hidden little spot of hocking hills. Today that trail was muddy in some spots from horse traffic. And the bugs were fairly heavy since there is a lot of stagnant water along the stream and at the falls. Today was the first time I've been on the airplane rock trail. It's not impressive! A large part of it is just a gravel and dirt road. And if you start at the big pine rd rappelling lot like I did, take note you will have to walk on the road for a short bit! This really threw me off since when you get to the road you can't tell where the trail picks up. Turn right at the road and you'll see the orange blazes again. Over all the i would say just do the white trail to see the cave and falls and don't bother with the orange trail to airplane rock. The view there is great, but the trail is boring.

Logan Gutknecht
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Lindsey M
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Hiking

One of my very favorite hikes in this area. The first time we did them separately, the second time we did the big loop. Airplane Rock is a nice and not too challenging (if a little underwhelming) climb to get to on its own (parking in a small gravel pull-out), but we LOVE the view and thrill from the top! I definitely recommend looping Chapel Cave and the falls all together, though—it’s worth the added distance! We started from Chapel Cave’s end the second time (parking across from the rappelling area) and we were the only people we saw the entire time until right at the end when leaving the Airplane Rock area. The falls were very picturesque (we missed those on our first visit), the cave is fun to explore, the woods are beautiful. There are creek crossings, some climbing, just lots to see and hear. Kids had no issues (although the Nov trip was super muddy/manure-y, this particular spring trip wasn’t bad). The AT map definitely came in handy because going from the Chapel Cave area to the Airplane Rock area was not super clear, and there are lots of private property/no trespassing signs at the edge of the woods. You feel like you’re wandering into nowhere or walking somewhere you shouldn’t be, but as far as we could tell the signs were for the woods only, not the path between them. ETA: July trip, the view off Airplane Rock was so beautiful! All so green. A little buggy but mostly from the manure. The falls were barely a trickle, we could tell from the top, so we skipped it. The cave was beautiful as always, especially late afternoon (in the past we have gone mid-morning). We met one other couple along the whole 4-mile hike on a beautiful sunny Thursday. The driest trip we’ve made (although it was still sloppy in spots).

Ashley S.
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HikingMuddy

Second attempt at this trail. Have to say it’s my least favorite in the Hocking Hills area. Not very scenic. Just basic woods walking for most of it. Not well marked and hard to know where to begin as last time we parked in a totally different area and hiked quite awhile without ever making it to Airplane Rock. This time we parked on Big Pine Road and hiked in from that direction following the orange marked trees. Did get to see Airplane Rock which was neat but didn’t quite seem worth the walk. The trail is also used as a horseback riding trail and is VERY muddy and you have a hard time avoiding horse excrement. Figured we would give it a try since most of our favorite trails were closed due to COVID-19 but probably won’t visit this one again.

Mia W
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HikingBugsMuddy

Great hike. Saw almost no one else on a Thursday late afternoon. Muddy and a bit buggy, but still beautiful and pleasant. Airplane rock was a nice almost-halfway pause.

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Aaron Fullenkamp
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HikingFloodedMuddyOff trail

Fantastic trail, we got a little lost due to ignorance but still fantastic would recommend to anyone!!

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Ryan Junior
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HikingBugsMuddy

One of the most best kept secrets/hidden gems in the Hocking Hills area. The parking lot at this trail head is very small, I would suggest parking at the much bigger lot at the south trail head of this loop (located off Highway 11/Big Pine Road), which will also connect you to Conkle's Hollow & the main part of Hocking Hills State Park if you want to extend your hike longer. This trail is well marked (following the orange blazes) with a few trail maps posted periodically. Airplane Rock is the only main attraction around this particular loop off the orange blazes. If you want to see the other 2 main attractions (Chapel Cave & Twin Falls), you have to follow the white blazes which both are amazing things to see. This will extend your hike about 1.5 miles total by doing the out & back to them. This place is also not very crowded, only saw a handful of other hikers the entire time. Was also the only person at the Chapel Cave & Twin Falls (spent 20 mins at each one). Only downfall and reason I didnt give it 5 stars is that this trail is also a horse trail which means a lot of mud, horse manure & trail is kinda beat up due to the horses. It is very wide though so you can maneuver around the mud easily.

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Jonathon Accurso
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Timmy Thien
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Sydney King
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HikingClosed

This trail is closed due to COVID-19. Area looks beautiful; can’t wait to visit once it’s reopened!

Karen Davis
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HikingMuddy

Total hike was close to 6.3 miles. First loop was just basically walking the outside loop. The last 2 miles were the most scenic. The waterfalls were breath taking.

Suzzane King
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HikingMuddy

Moderate hike in the beautiful Hocking Hills region. Lots of muddy areas as this is also a horse trail, but still a nice, mildly challenging hike with great rocks and caves and creeks.

Vigo Bertolo
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Stacey Primblejamz
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Hiking

The trail was a little muddy at times but nothing you couldn't hop over and come out pretty clean. the orange and the white trails paralleled when they weren't marked as the same. I didn't notice this at first.

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Jon Zickefoose
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Andrew Sitzmann
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful rocks and cave and icicles. Muddy. Will come back to this trail

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