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Located inside the Hocking Hills State Park, Old Man’s Cave in Ohio is one of the most popular activities in the area. Visitors can hike to two waterfalls that plunge into swirling pools, deep gorges, and massive rock formations.


The name of Old Man’s Cave is derived from the man who lived under the rock shelter in the early 1800s. He and his family lived out their lives here, and upon his passing, it is believed he is buried near the rock formation.


Carved by the rushing Salt Creek and melting glaciers, Old Man’s Cave itself is somewhat small, but the gorge is about half a mile long! The entire area is divided into five sections: Upper Falls, Upper Gorge, Middle Falls, Lower Falls, and Lower Gorge. The trail, which begins at the Grandma Gatewood Trailhead, guides you to all five sections. Old Man’s Cave is part of a six-mile network of trails that connects to Cedar Falls (Link to Cedar Falls page here) and Ash Cave.

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