Ash Cave, Cedar Falls and Old Mans Cave

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Ash Cave, Cedar Falls and Old Mans Cave is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Logan, Ohio that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,243 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

wildlife

hiking
muddy
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. I agree with others before, do the blue trail out and back. Even if you take the side trails like the yellow and the green you can still do the whole thing in about 4 1/2 hours with a couple breaks in between

hiking
4 months ago

This is a very nice trail. it covers three of the best caves in the area, and while they can get busy, the other parts of the trail are solitary. I'm not sure why this has a hard designation though. There are only a couple of bigger hills, and they are pretty typical for the area. But still, a nice hike. The trail on the Southeast side is not marked particularly well, but it's usually pretty clear where you are going, and the all trails map is right on. if you are doing the loop counterclockwise, on the very North part of the trail, the trail crosses the road about 50 yards or so to the west off where it is shown on the map - the entrance point into the woods is marked with white blazes. (If you are fighting through thick thorns you are probably in the wrong place.) Part of the trail as shown on the map is closed. It is a short section that connects the bottom of cedar falls up to the parking lot. If you are doing the loop clockwise, you may not notice. But if you did it counterclockwise like I did and you are following the all trails map, you may have to backtrack a little to pick up the buckeye trail which will take you up to the parking lot.

hiking
off trail
over grown
4 months ago

First half of trail from Cedar Falls to Ash Cave is marked but overgrown and not maintained. Return half from Ash back to Cedar is typical Hocking Hills, well marked and maintained.

hiking
4 months ago

Definitely a challenging hike and I am an experienced hiker. A previous post warned that the southeast trail is NOT a trail..I agree. Also, the loop showing Bridal Trail is not a trail either and you can easily get lost. I'd recommend starting out at Old Man's Cave early and simply doing an out-and-back loop rather than attempt to go the southeast trail. It looked to be an old trail for a pipeline, but was far too overgrown to hike. I started at 7:30am on 10/5/19 from Ash Cave trailhead and finished by 12:30. The falls were dry due to the drought, but it was a cool 45 degrees when I started and a beautiful day at Hocking Hills. The crowds were too heavy by the time I reached Old Man's Cave and an unusually large number of dogs on the trail today took away from some of the peacefulness. It says 11.9 miles, but my recorded trail and my fitbit were both at 14 miles after getting lost on the southeast "not trail" :-)

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
4 months ago

Be warned, the southeast leg of this hike has no actual trail and is very easy to get lost unless you have your phone out at all times. You'd be much better off either going back the way you came, or just hike South down the roadway.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Rated hard for a reason, challenging hike at points. Be prepared. I started at 9:30, got to the fire tower by 10 and the cedar falls spilt by 11:00 and went to whispering cave. Lot of cool rock formations on the way. Hung a hammock and rested until 11:45. Took off too Old Man’s cave and rested at the visitor center. Took the red gorge overlook trail pass rose lake back to Ash cave parking lot by 3:00. I am a moderately experienced and in shape hiker, I drank at least 2L of fluids and ate along way. I was looking to set a pace. It was tiring and required scrambling over rock formations while navigating rooty trails. Muddy at points, Wear proper footwear That being said it was an excellent hike and plenty of cool sites to see inside the park If you’re willing and prepared to walk a bit.

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Really wish I had this app before hiking this trail. You need to be at least somewhat in shape for this trail. It was gorgeous and I’d hike it again but it is definitely a hard trail and I was not prepared for a 6 hour hike. Lots of uphill and climbing over rocks.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome hike took upper red trail from old mans to cedar falls the lower blue trail back. Blue trail has some difficult spots but totally worth it. Maybe 5.5 miles total loop. WATCH OUT FOR GROUND YELLOW JACKET NEST ALONGSIDE THE TRAIL MAYBE .5 TO .75 MILES OUT FROM CEDAR FALLS. They are near a small boardwalk closer to old mans cave. They are aggressive and is best to head down to the stream bed and around the area. Otherwise some of the best views to be had in the area in our opinion!!!

hiking
5 months ago

map led us way off any marked trails. ended up finding the road back to our campsite and ended early. we did make it to old mans cave and devil's bathtub though.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

Such a peaceful hike! Make it past Old Mans Cave, the Devil’s Bathtub, and Cedar Falls- and the people become almost non existent. The whole trail looks like something straight out of Lord Of The Rings. The sounds, animals, flora, and beautiful terrain make this a must. It’s pretty darn rugged at times, so a walking pole may make things easier if you’re not used to that.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail, great views, and good workout! We started near old man's cave by the campground entrance and hiked towards cedar falls first. The first half of the trail hit most of the scenic portions of the trail and was very well maintained but was pretty crowded. The back half of the trail was nice because we didn't run into too many people, but it was pretty overgrown. Even still the blazes were very obvious and easy to follow

hiking
6 months ago

Agressive at times, humid and green like the rainforest it is. The best of Ohio. Scrambling a little, walking poles help. Very humid so bring a good amount of water. A ton of beautiful photo opportunities.

hiking
6 months ago

great way to spend 7 hours lol. beautiful trails and views.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike in Ohio. Who knew?

hiking
6 months ago

I went with a friend and decided to do the whole loop from Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave. 12 miles is further than it sounds, but it was such a great hike. You'll pass plenty of people, but don't worry. You're definitely in the middle of nowhere. Definitely bring plenty of water. There are places to refill at all three stops. Makes a nice day trip.

hiking
7 months ago

Did this trail about 8 years ago. Beautiful hike with great scenery!

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

If you are thinking of doing this trail, I heavily recommend waking up early and getting to Ash Cave as early as possible. Me and my girlfriend got there at about 7 AM on memorial day and had the entire thing to ourselves. Absolutely beautiful and got great pictures. The rest of this 12 mile trail was a really good one. Got a little busy as the day went on and the terrain was pretty muddy. However, there are plenty of really cool sights to see along this loop

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

We did the Ash Cave to Cedar Falls and back part of this trail. A total of just under 6 miles. Both ends of the trail were heavily trafficked but not so busy deeper into the trail. Quite a few dogs, mostly with responsible dog owners (leashes and poop bags). A few smaller dogs off leash and pooping freely. Yuk. Trail was quite muddy in several spots due to recent heavy rain. A few fallen, large trees across trail. Good walking boots suggested but rock formations worth the effort.

hiking
8 months ago

This was my first trip to Hocking Hills and I was a little confused with the trail. There were color coded trails and I wish this app told you that. However, this trail takes you to almost every site seeing spot in Hocking Hills. In the end, it was fun but exhausting! The temperature was perfect, there were hardly any bugs, but a lot of mud (so wear hiking boots). It has many unique and pretty spots. I would recommend this trail but be prepared for a long tough hike.

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