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Old Man's Cave and Ash Cave via Buckeye Trail

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Hocking Hills State Park

Old Man's Cave and Ash Cave via Buckeye Trail is a 9.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Bloomingville, Ohio that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.3 mi Elevation gain 843 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Camping Hiking Nature trips Running Cave Forest Lake Views Waterfall Wildlife Rocky Historic site
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There are many different small trails that can be used to reach Buckeye Trail. This trail also reaches Cedar Falls and Ash Cave.

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Thomas Persson
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Nice trail. Lots of roots.

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Richie Evener
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megan brittain
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Beautiful

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Andrea Sobanski
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Really great semi challenging hike! Closer to 12.7 miles so maybe we took a wrong turn somewhere but it was still awesome.. got there at 7:45am and it was empty but returned around 2pm and the place was packed

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Antonio Troche
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It’s an amazing place to visit, I definitely recommend it!

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Katherine Cioffi
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Absolutely beautiful hike. However. It gets extremely crowded at old mans cave and cedar falls despite us arriving at 8am. Also, there is no cell service and the signage is confusing for certain trails; so I recommend taking a “written on” map at the visitor’s center that shows which trails are closed and which are one way. Clocked ~9 miles.

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Keely Troxel
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Loved all of them

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Greg Jenkins
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Beautiful hike! It was definitely closer to a 12 mile hike, though.

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Joyce Belperio
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WalkingGreat!
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Colin Lima
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RunningGreat!

Ran out and back from Ash Cave to Old Man's Cave early this morning. Such a fun, challenging trail to run! I made it to Old Man's Cave around 8 AM and l was the only one down there, couldn't believe it, I got to meditate peacefully for about ten minutes in the most beautiful place in Ohio. The trail presents many different challenges, a couple long climbs, narrow trails on rocky bluffs, tree roots and rock scrambles create natural stairs to help you climb said bluffs. Will definitely be back before summer ends.

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Cody Andrus
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Carrie Burt
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old mans cave awesome and easy access, go early as it gets crowded, worth the trip

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Heather Rolke
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Wonderful hike, just wear a mask if you are worried about crowds as it is very hard to social distance.

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Darlena Chisolm
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Katelyn Bailey
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Very cool trail for such a hot summer we are having. I really enjoyed this hike!

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Jonathan Miller
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Get an early start if you want to avoid the crowds. Started at 8am and were finished by 11am. It’s was a hot day, but it stays pretty cool in the gorge.

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Ryan Junior
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One of my favorite hikes in Ohio. Here are some tips if you never done this or havent yet this year with the changes. 1) They have implemented a 1 way system at the Old Man's Cave entrance which have footprints marked in the sidewalk that shows the direction and will start you at the Upper Falls. This 1 way system will only last about 1 mile in this area. 2) Once you get to Cedar Falls, another 1 way system starts. You can avoid it though after you get off the first foot bridge (before the 2nd foot bridge) and walk up the stairs, you will see the signs stating the 1 way system begins but if you go right up the gravel path/hill it will take you to the picnic area and then you just follow the blue blazes. 3) This trail is completely connected to the Buckeye Trail the entire time, so just follow the many blue blazes you will see. 4) Another 1 way system starts at Ash Cave. 5) Be mindful that it will be crowded with non-hiking tourists at Upper & Lower Falls, Old Man's Cave, Cedar Falls and Ash Cave. 6) Recommend hiking the extra 1/2 mile or so to Whispering Cave at the Hemlock Bridge sign between Old Man's Cave and Cedar Falls. 7) Upper Falls had no water flowing down and Lower Falls only had a trickle of water coming down. Recommend going there in the spring if you want to see them flowing 8) You will do a lot of ups and downs, have to maneuver over/around/through rocks, be mindful or tree roots you'll have to step on/around. This place can get muddy in places but pretty easy to get around it. 9) This trail is longer that the 9+ miles it states. You will do around 12 miles...pending on how much you walk around the tourist spots to site see.

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Dan Yeatts
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Trail looked great. One-way direction signs changed it a bit as they directed you up to the visitors center at the lower falls.

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Mike Gill
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Lily Wong
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Was an amazing trail for our first time coming to Hocking Hill. Magical, made me think of Winnie the Pooh’s hundred acres :) Had a good mix of flat and subtle climbs. Great views and took some awesome photos. Also loved that it ran into many other trails - you can really plan out how far you want to go and for how long. Good for beginners or intermediate hikers!

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Kendra McKitrick
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Old mans cave is one of my favorites. I always feel like I’m in a fairy tale world!! Surreal especially in Ohio :))

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Gabby Schaffer
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Stunning. I followed this on my way out but I logged 11.2 miles because I stopped at Cedar Falls and took the upper falls trail on my way back. Perfect day hike. Would love to get out here again

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Mac Murphy
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Dennis O'Callaghan
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For me this is the best hiking trail in Ohio. The trail has 7 main waterfalls along with Old Man's Cave and Ash Cave to explore. It is best to start this hike at the trailhead at the far end of the parking lot that starts the Grandma Gatewood Trail so you don't miss Upper Falls and Devil's Bathtub.

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Nichole Burkhart
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Don Risser
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Very nice

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Jacob Burgo
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Relaxing afternoon trip for the family

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Trish T
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Wonderful as always!

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