Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave

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Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave is a 9.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near South Bloomingville, Ohio that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1085 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
11 days ago

Trails were in good shape even though we’ve had heavy rains lately. A few areas are tricky, but the group of 11 Scouts and 2 younger siblings had no problems. Parking lots are nice and have bathrooms & Water.

hiking
24 days ago

Very beautiful scenery. I’ve hiked all of Hocking Hills and this trail is by far my favorite! I don’t think it should be rated as “Hard” though, lol. It is an easy-medium trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous trail! I went this past Monday when the ice melted and there was a big rain so the waterfalls were full and awe inspiring. Not crowded yet but still muddy make sure you have hiking shoes while the weather is changing. One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on!

hiking
2 months ago

Winter sights are pretty cool. A lot of large icecicles. BEWARE*** I went today and all the trails are frozen with at least a inch of solid ice. I slid into the water 4 times and there is nothing to stop the slide once you start. Luckily there was not a large dropoff where I slid. The ice makes it very slow moving because you need to attack certain spots with strategy when it is cliff+ice+downhill. If you are brave you can do it in an hour and a half but you will be wet from the melting ice and the guarantee you will slide into the water. Good luck!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful scenery! I hiked this trail this summer and for the annual winter hike and it is amazing!

2 months ago

I have spent a lot of my time in this park. I had many classes on these trails as a student at Hocking College and just spent the weekend there for the winter hike.

hiking
3 months ago

What can I say other then thank you for keeping this park open! My family loved it. We did every trail and then stayed in the cabins witch were above our Epxt and we will be back!

hiking
3 months ago

Very scenic. Rock formations, waterfalls. Various terrain. Very busy on weekends. Much quieter during the week.

backpacking
5 months ago

I did the full 11 miles. I don't know that I'd categorize it as "hard" except for length. This path takes you through a couple of gravel parking lots, and old gravel service roads. It's really good for a long day hike, because there are also several bathroom stops along the way, and you get to hit three sites. There are a couple of difficult spots near the water features where the sandstone gets wet and slippery, and there's not a great grip. Those are the most challenging parts.

hiking
5 months ago

I love this place! I want to go in the fall but never have a chance. A hidden gem in Ohio and lots of stuff to do in the area. Go after a rain because the water areas are beautiful. I wish I could post a picture it is that beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail, took Grandma's Gateway trail to Ash Cave from the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center and the Buckeye Trail Back. Grandma's trail is wide and mostly flat, I would rate it easy. The Buckeye Trail has some tricky footing and there are areas that look like they are in the process of being re-routed due to trail erosion. So there are some places that have blazes showing to take two different ways. Which ever way you choose you'll end up in the same place. The BT is definitely more on the difficult side but still not horribly difficult so I would rate the trail moderate overall. Do not miss this trail if you are visiting Hocking Hills, Old Man's cave is probably my favorite area to hike in Ohio.

hiking
5 months ago

I have gone here a lot of my life, and I absolutely love it. The one problem is that you have a bunch of tourists that walk all over plants and throw rocks at wildlife. Also there’s sometimes traffic jams (of people and cars) because there’s so many people visiting this place. This is why it gets four stars. But you should check it out, it’s pretty spectacular.

5 months ago

A lot of fun, my gps would lose signal on the way there, so make sure you somewhat memorize the roads you need to take. I highly recommend trekking sticks if it has rained recently. I had mine and I still almost fell quit a few time.

5 months ago

Lame sauce. Essentially a fire road

hiking
5 months ago

trail is super easy, large crowds... but the scenery is gorgeous, it's even better after a heavy rain

hiking
6 months ago

My friend and I came down here for a day and did this 12-mile hike and went to see the Rockhouse afterwards! Great to do for a one day trip because you get to see a lot. Would recommend. Ash cave was my favorite spot!

6 months ago

The best section of this trail is on the Grandma Gatewood/buckeye trail to cedar falls. This section is very scenic with the most “rugged” terrain. The remaining 3/4 of the trail is fairly easy with several sections covered in small gravel. This trail should not be rated hard. I would rate it easy with the section above moderate. Make sure to get there early if you are looking to hike. The amount of people on this trail can be ridiculous!

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! We navigate this a few times a year. Lots of traffic on the weekend but still well worth it. This portion is as crowded and you can check out whispering cave on the way!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful gorge and falls. Trail is clearly marked.

7 months ago

I didn't find this to be terribly hard, but it was definitely gorgeous!

7 months ago

Beautiful trail.

7 months ago

Gorgeous trail. Allow plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. Loved doing the gorge trail from Old Man to Cedar Falls. So beautiful. Definitely slightly challenging. Did a total of 10.1 miles.

hiking
7 months ago

May 2016. Hiked this trail from old mans cave to cedar falls, then around the lake and up the other side. Beautiful hike and lots of rocks to climb, falls, views. The hoke back is up hill but nice trails.

8 months ago

amazing place to spend the day. very peaceful and relaxing

backpacking
8 months ago

Really perfect weather for this trail. Get out early as it starts to populate later in the day. The waterfall(s) in the area draw most of the attention for tourism hikes but some real beauty is there between the beaten paths.

9 months ago

One of the best trails I've ever hiked. Beautiful the whole trail

9 months ago

As the parks name the trails we did Hemlock, Whispering Cave, Cedar Falls, Lower Falls/ Old Mans Cave, and Gorge Overlook it was right around 7.5 miles(just over). Lots of fun, but parts were super busy. We had to go off trail to keep from waiting in line(walking narrow paths).

The new bridge that is part of Hemlock Trail is fun. Especially if you have time to get it swinging back and forth.

hiking
9 months ago

The hike along the valley floor between Old Man's Cave and Cedar Falls is 5 stars. Beautiful and fun terrain. The hike from Ceder Falls to Ash Cave is 3 stars at the most. The hike along the rim coming back from Cedar Falls to Old Man's Cave/Visitor's Center is 3 stars. It's a car wide, stroller friendly gravel/dirt road. Rose Lake made the rim trail worth walking.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked Old Man's Cave to Whispering Cave to Cedar Falls and then up to the Gorge Overlook Trail and back to Old Man's Cave. About 9 miles in total. The route along the Buckeye Trail through the gorge from Old Man's to Cedar Falls was fantastic. The side trip to Whispering Cave was worth doing once but will pass on it in the future. The Gorge Overlook Trail is your standard stroll through the woods without much else. Overall had a great time.

10 months ago

The scenery was beautiful, but it is definitely a heavily used trail. I felt bad trying to pass people and it wasnt very peaceful because there were so many people. It was a good hike but Id recommend doing the trail on top of the gorge rather than the one inside it if youre looking for some peace.

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