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Old Man Cave is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Bloomingville, Ohio that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.6 mi Elevation gain 42 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Cave

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

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Note: Old Man Cave is currently closed due to COVID-19.

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Reviews (217)
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Anne Throckmorton
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followed this trail and almost went to whispering cave. A 53 minute mile on a hot July day....a PR

Anthony Throckmorton
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God's creation never ceases to amaze, absolutely beautiful!

Emily Butterfield
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First day the trails have been open since Covid-19, and we got there just as it was opening. Light traffic at the beginning, and as we finished our hike, it was getting a bit more busy, and the parking lot was filling up fast. It's a beautiful day and holiday weekend with the 4th of July, everyone is ready to explore! Love the one way loop system! Nice sized trails, some steps, but fairly easy. We haven't had rain for a while, so some of the water ways are just little streams, but still gorgeous! Really enjoyable!

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Cody Staup
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Hiking

fun

Becky Lynn
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Hiking

This trail is heavily trafficked but quite beautiful!

sarah shy
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It is a beautiful area but it is very touristy. For me, it is best in winter when very few are out hiking the trail.

Kaylee Hammond
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This area was really neat when we went but it was during a time of snow and we struggled to get up the curved bridge that many have taken pictures of. Literally had to pull ourselves up and hold on because it was virtually a solid sheet of ice. For us this was no issue, we like a little adventure and challenge. Laughed our way through it. Not many people think the same, though.

Russ Butcher
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Adam Basaran
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Adam Basaran
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Beautiful!

Don Risser
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Crowded

John Gorby
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if you love nature this is the place to be.

Emily Collins
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Cool hike. Very pretty. Waterfalls weren’t running. Lots of paths and man made bridges and stairs

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Joy Garrett
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Hiking

Beautiful trail and we enjoyed checking out the nearby visitors center too.

Marne Cario
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Hiking

There are so many incredible sights in just one mile. Awesome!

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Jeremy Witter
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Hiking

Great view of caves and easy walk with a few sets of well built stairs.

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Shane Hawkins
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After trying this trail the night before (way too many cars) We came back at daybreak and had the place to ourselves. Quick heavy rainstorm made the waterfalls amazing! Beautiful area, tunnels, water, unusual bridges.

Shmatty Reen
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Hiking

Great trail with many options to make trail longer. I did old man cave with both falls, and gorge trail. Awesome place. Lots of stone steps

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Elizabeth Heyboer
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, easy. Did lower falls as well. Little dry this time of the year, but non-the-less breathtaking!

Amy Hansen
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Hiking

Beautiful. Wasn't too crowded to start but traffic increased. Was disappointed to see a crowd of young adults/teens come in behind us just to swim even with all the signs to stay out of water. If you are going to post to stay out and that there are fines then enforce it, otherwise it doesn't work.

Justin Lamb
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Daniel Jackman
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Hiking

The Grandma Gatewood section of the Buckeye Trail thru Old man's Cave is an Awesome day hike out and back.

Joseph Giovannucci
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Hiking

Incredible views and experiences! Great conditions.

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Kevin Gibson
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Hiking

Very crowed and a lot of up and down stairs. Go see the lower falls too while there. Not far from old mans cave. And treat yourself to some ice cream at the retail shop afterwards

Shane R.
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Hiking

Very scenic but extremely crowded. Get there as early as possible to avoid standing in line instead of hiking. This one is also kid friendly.

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