Ash Cave, Cedar Falls and Old Man Caves Loop

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Ash Cave, Cedar Falls and Old Man Caves Loop is a 11.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Benton, Ohio that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.9 miles
1269 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running



6 days ago

a great 12 mile hike!!!

9 days ago

Saturday and Sundays they have a shuttle if you hike the long trails that will take you back to your original destination. 10.00 each but worth it if you’re tired

9 days ago

Challenging but beautiful! Went on a Saturday and was heavily populated with hikers! Trail walkers are the best! Smiling and having fun

17 days ago

Did this route today. Was really fun. Have not run in Hocking Hills for 30 years. Trails were only muddy in a few places. Maps everywhere making you able to connect trails for a nice loop. Good workout.
Running here you have to understand there are time you will stop or slow down for hikers. I prefer that on long slow runs. Helps me keep an easy pace. All the hikers were super friendly. Water was cool. Plan to run here again. Just wish Ohio had more elevation.

23 days ago

Amazing! This was so much fun! So tiring though, so worth it! There are a lot of people who do this route (not the full amount just sections) but it was breath taking really great view!

1 month ago

Hiked this in the winter time and it was truly magical. We hiked through some really icy patches, yak trax were 100% necessary in the lower gorge. We hiked through beautiful frozen falls and springs in every direction. We will definitely make the trip in the winter again this year for the beautiful experience.

1 month ago

I did the section of this trail from Old Mans cave to Cedar Falls and it was my favorite section in the entire area. Particularly the section from Hemlock bridge to cedar falls is spectacular. Definitely recommend it. Doing the longer side trails allows you some privacy from the main groups who park right at the main attractions, also one of the best cliffs and waterfalls is on this trail.

1 month ago

Great mix of popular sightseeing and bushwacking/trail blazing. Follow the blue trail markers up to Old Man's Cave, then the white trail markers back down to the trailhead

2 months ago