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Old Man's Cave

The most popular of all the Hocking areas is Old Man's Cave, located on State Route 664. Here at the Upper Falls, the Grandma Gatewood Trail begins its six-mile course connecting three of the park's areas: Old Man's Cave to Cedar Falls to Ash Cave. This same trail has been designated as part of Ohio's Buckeye Trail as well as part of two national systems - the North Country Scenic Trail and America's Discovery Trail.

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Old Man's Cave Gorge -

Old Man's Cave derives its name from the hermit Richard Rowe who lived in the large recess cave of the gorge. His family moved to the Ohio River Valley around 1796 from the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee to establish a trading post. He and his two dogs traveled through Ohio along the Scioto River in search of game. On one side trip up Salt Creek, he found the Hocking Region. Rowe lived out his life in the area and is buried beneath the ledge of the main recess cave. Earlier residents of the cave were two brothers, Nathaniel and Pat Rayon, who came to the area in 1795. They built a permanent cabin 30 feet north of the cave entrance. Both brothers are buried in or near the cave. Their cabin was later dismantled and relocated on the nearby Iles farm to be used as a tobacco drying house.

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Old Mans Cave Directions - Just to let you know where you are. or aren't

The Old Man's Cave area can be divided into five principal sections found along the valley of Old Man's Creek. In order, they are: Upper Falls, Upper Gorge, Middle Falls, Lower Falls and Lower Gorge. Along the length of the trail the magnificent gorge cuts through the entire 150-foot thickness of the Blackhand sandstone. Carved by the creek, the gorge serves as an avenue for visitors to peer into the earth's subsurface. The full distance of the gorge is approximately one half mile.

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Rainbow At Broken Rock - Broken Rock Falls at Old Mans Cave, finally on the trail maps

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Calendar of Events
Butterflies
Fri May 26

2:00 pm

Come to the Naturalist Cabin to find out more about these winged beauties.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
The Wonders of Old Man's Cave
Sat May 27

9:00 am

Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found through the park.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Hockings Owls
Sat May 27

2:00 pm.

Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohios winged nocturnal predators.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Making Tracks
Sun May 28

2:00 pm

Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to learn about animals that make the Hocking Hills home and the tracks they make.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Skulls and Claws
Thu Jun 1

2:00 pm

Come down to the Naturalist Cabin to learn about the animals that makes Hocking Hills State Park their home.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6842

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Wildlife,
Hocking's Birds of Prey
Fri Jun 2

2:00 pm

Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohios hawks, owls, eagles and vultures.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Trees
Sat Jun 3

6:00 pm

Meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to learn about some of the trees in the Hocking Hills and their uses. We will take a short walk to learn ways to identify trees in the area.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6842

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Wildlife,
The Wonders of Old Man's Cave
Sat Jun 3

9:00 am.

Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found through the park.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
National Trail Day/ The Wonders of Old Man's Cave
Sat Jun 3

9 am.

Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found through the park. This hike will feature the entire gorge with an option at the end to explore Cedar Falls or Broken Rock Falls as a solo excursion. Come join us to celebrate our hiking heritage.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Rose Lake Canoe Course and Excursion Cancelled
Fri Jun 23

Cancelled

Beginner or long time canoeist alike can join the naturalist instructor who will teach participants the proper handling and control of a canoe, rescue techniques and proper gear. Equipment will be provided. Great for the beginner or long time canoeist that might like a few new tips. Pre-registration is required for this all day course by calling 740-385-8003 ext 213. Class size is limited so register early. Please wear clothing to get wet, no open toe shoes and bring along a lunch and plenty to drink.

Cost: Cancelled

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-8003

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
The Wonders of Old Man's Cave
Sat Jun 24

9 am.

Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found through the park.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Waterfall Photography Class Series
Sat Jun 24

11:00 am.

Taking photography class on the road. How to capture the breath taking smeary water, conquer darker lighting, and get lots of detail as we hike and shoot. You may even shoot a print for your wall. Comfortable clothes, hiking ability carrying your equipment, a tripod, and a basic working knowledge of your camera are encouraged. Class size is limited.

Cost: $25/reservations

Contact: Kim Sparks Photography, Phone: 513-240-1033

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Special Interest,
Grandma Gatewood's Fall Colors Hike
Sat Oct 14

1-5pm

Bring along a cool drink and celebrate the season's colors.

Meet with the naturalist at the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center for a strenuous hike that spans roughly 6 miles of the Grandma Gatewood trail.

We will be traversing the section that runs from Old Man's Cave to Cedar Falls and back while enjoying the scenic beauty and cultural personality.

This hike does include several hills and steps and is not recommended for the easily winded individual. Approximately 3-4 hours.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Wildlife,
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