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.

Distance: 9.3 miles Elevation Gain: 843 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

running

cave

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

historic site

There are many different small trails that can be used to reach Buckeye Trail. This trail also reaches Cedar Falls and Ash Cave.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyed this trail very much. Not difficult lots of rocks and mud but was beautiful

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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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muddy
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice

hiking
6 months ago

Relaxing afternoon trip for the family

hiking
7 months ago

There is so much to explore along the trail. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to enjoy every inch of this trail. My friend and I took about 3 hours on the trail.

Wonderful as always!

hiking
7 months ago

Great hiking trail! Easy for everyone.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. a couple of parts are just difficult enough to make you feel like you're working, but it's mostly a really pleasant walk through the woods.

hiking
7 months ago

This cave trail is where it’s at! Old mans Cave is one of my favorite sites and one well worth hiking

100% dog friendly trail. We hiked, as very inexperienced hikers, with 4 people and 3 large dogs. The trail was not EASY but it was a very fun and mellow hike. We went from Old Mans Cave to Top o’ the Caves campground.

hiking
8 months ago

A classic and must-do in southern Ohio. Old man’s Cave itself is great for families and hikers of all skill levels. The hike from the cave to cedar falls might be difficult for some families due to some of the terrain. The park also tends to get very crowded even in the early morning. Regardless, do this hike!!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! Could be a little difficult for younger children. Lots to see on the whole hike. You can also access wispering cave trail in the middle of thus hike!

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9 months ago

only reason for a 2 star rating is due to the trail being closed at cedar falls.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail goes through some awesome rock formations and gorgeous views. I’m 77 and did have some trouble getting through some of the boulders/tree roots...but the hike was worth it.

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bridge out
9 months ago

Beautiful views on both ends of the trail. the lower trail is hard maneuvering around downed trees and large rocks. slow going in places.

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful place but many stairs!!!! easier if I didn't have to wear oxygen. lol (severe asthmatic) would love to try again!

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scramble
9 months ago

Round trip, very beautiful in the canyon less on the upper ridge. Too much people during the weekends. Very gentle rangers and awesome information center. Highly recommend.

Very scenic a lot of people great hike

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rocky
10 months ago

great awesome park!

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scramble
10 months ago

This trail is lightly used probably because it’s a point to point. It has to be the most scenic 5.7 miles in the park once you get past Lower Falls.

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10 months ago

Fantastic trail, many vistas, waterfalls and massive caves. Well known spots were very crowded but still beautiful. Will have to do it again during the week and not Sat / Sun in July.

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11 months ago

We did the gorge trail from ash cave to old man cave. Really beautiful water falls though lots of downed trees from recent storms to climb over... plenty of beauty for light effort!!

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11 months ago

Awesome! Great easy hike on a sunny afternoon!

11 months ago

Crowded for the first mile but then empty and beautiful for the next 6. One of the prettiest trails I've hiked.

11 months ago

crowded, but beautiful

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