It’s a fun hike, nice shade along the way and cool falls

One of my very favorite hikes in this area. The first time we did them separately, the second time we did the big loop. Airplane Rock is a nice and not too challenging (if a little underwhelming) climb to get to on its own (parking in a small gravel pull-out), but we LOVE the view and thrill from the top! I definitely recommend looping Chapel Cave and the falls all together, though—it’s worth the added distance! We started from Chapel Cave’s end the second time (parking across from the rappelling area) and we were the only people we saw the entire time until right at the end when leaving the Airplane Rock area. The falls were very picturesque (we missed those on our first visit), the cave is fun to explore, the woods are beautiful. There are creek crossings, some climbing, just lots to see and hear. Kids had no issues (although past trips were super muddy/manure-y, this particular spring trip wasn’t bad). The AT map definitely came in handy because going from the Chapel Cave area to the Airplane Rock area was not super clear, and there are lots of private property/no trespassing signs at the edge of the woods. You feel like you’re wandering into nowhere or walking somewhere you shouldn’t be, but as far as we could tell the signs were for the woods only, not the path between them.

hiking
bugs
4 days ago

Easy, gravel/dirt, almost entirely shaded path. Very little incline to this hike. Lightly trafficked as of today. Some nice views of open fields and a lot of birds to look at. Other than that, just a nice easy hike if you’re looking to have a leisurely stroll. Enjoy!

the trails were nice but some were kind of confusing but we still enjoyed it. great place for the family!

Beautiful variety of different types of trees and trailscape. Loved being by the water. Very peaceful and quiet. Will return to hike more of this trail.

Watch out for horse poop!

hiking
5 days ago

Muddy but a great trail

horseback riding
bugs
muddy
5 days ago

Such a fun trail for a family hike. It's short, but all the rocks made for a long visit with the kids. The parking area is small, but that is really the only drawback.

Kind of confusing how to get to the actual trail since the only pull off is for the bridal trail but it connects to the loop and a decent hike

running
6 days ago

The mud wasn't too bad today but there were quite a few trees down across the trail to navigate.

A beautiful, easy hike along Tinker's Creek. lovely views.

Did this with my 6 and 9 year olds this week. They did great, though the 6 year old slide a few times and needed breaks going up. Wish it had a better view from the top.

A very nice trail! Some ups and downs with a good incline in the beginning of the trail. The rock formations and lake views are amazing. Almost all crushed stone/dirt with a part or two of road walking maybe 1.5 miles between them. Light traffic at the time is this hike. Will definitely do again! The spots that were muddy were minute even though it had rained just the night before which was surprising. Enjoy!

I love this trail. And when I’m in good shape it’s a perfect maintenance trail. Right now though it’s moderate.

There were a few trees down across the trail, but it was a beautiful day for a hike and we loved walking along the ridge with the sun shining through and the breeze blowing through our hair!

Trail was very well maintained. Little horse poop and mud is mostly dry. There is a large fallen tree however about two miles in which is difficult to navigate but other than that a great hike!

hiking
bugs
7 days ago

Trail definitely for horses. Not recommended for hiking. Lots and lots of very muddy rudded out areas throughout the trails. Big lack of maintenance throughout with no drainage, big trees down across paths, and knee high grass. Skeeters everywhere in the woods and flies everywhere in the sunshine areas.

hiking
muddy
7 days ago

Second attempt at this trail. Have to say it’s my least favorite in the Hocking Hills area. Not very scenic. Just basic woods walking for most of it. Not well marked and hard to know where to begin as last time we parked in a totally different area and hiked quite awhile without ever making it to Airplane Rock. This time we parked on Big Pine Road and hiked in from that direction following the orange marked trees. Did get to see Airplane Rock which was neat but didn’t quite seem worth the walk. The trail is also used as a horseback riding trail and is VERY muddy and you have a hard time avoiding horse excrement. Figured we would give it a try since most of our favorite trails were closed due to COVID-19 but probably won’t visit this one again.

Great hike. Saw almost no one else on a Thursday late afternoon. Muddy and a bit buggy, but still beautiful and pleasant. Airplane rock was a nice almost-halfway pause.

hiking
8 days ago

pretty decent trail, mostly soft dirt. inclines are graduated pretty well. when you get to the one little clearing with the numbered posts keep going straight ahead and you'll see the path to the left, not towards the cones... although if you go towards them I think after them you can go right and will rejoin the path.

hiking
muddy
8 days ago

Definitely a good peaceful trail. Took the dog and found it very dog friendly. There are a number of places where the trail splits so watch your map carefully. Also some very narrow areas on the trail and a couple muddy crossings.

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