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Hocking Hills State Park
HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK
HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK
19852 State Route 664 S
Logan, Ohio   43138

Phone: 740-385-6842
Reservations: 866-644-6727
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Hocking Hills State Park
'Old Mans Cave'
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Old Mans Cave The most popular of all the Hocking Hills areas is Old Mans Cave, located on State Route 664. Here at the Upper Falls, the Grandma Gatewood Trail begins its six-mile course connecting three of the parks areas Old Mans Cave to Cedar Falls to Ash Cave. This same trail has been designated as part of Ohios Buckeye Trail as well as part of two national systems - the North Country Scenic Trail and Americas Discovery Trail.

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'Rock House'
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Rock House is the only real cave in Hocking State Park. Old Mans Cave and Ash Cave are recess cave.

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'Cedar Falls in January'
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Cedar Falls, frozen in January, is at its most magnificent time of the year.

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'Rock House'
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Set into the side of a sandstone cliff, this is the only actual cave in the area, a must see.

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'View from Rock House'
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Looking out from Rock House, trickles of water make large icicles the side of the cliff

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'I spy a ......'
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The windows of Rock House present many interesting shapes. What do you see

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'Cedar Falls'
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Arguably the most attractive waterfall in the park

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'Side fall at Cedar Falls'
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Many small waterfalls can be seen at the major sections of the park

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'Broken Rock Falls'
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A less traveled area of Old Mans Cave, but worth the walk

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'I see you'
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As the Park Naturalist says, you paorbably walk past several of thes guys and dont even notice them, but they see you.

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'Abstract Falls'
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This small falls is located near the middle entrance by the visitors center of Old Mans Cave.

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'Going Up'
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Most of the walking paths have been cut throught the natural rock instead of adding structures to the area.

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'Upper Falls'
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Upper Falls at Old Mans Cave

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'Bridge over Devils Bathtub'
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'Fall Reflections'
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Taken Fall 2008 near the Cedar Falls waterfall.

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'Moss Rock Falls'
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This image taken at the Hocking Hills State Park in Logan , Ohio. This taken near Cedar Falls in the State Park. An awesome place to shoot for those Photographers who enjoy preserved nature and during the spring extreme, vibrant colors.

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'Old Mans Cave Falls'
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This is another waterfall in the Hocking Hills State Park in Logan , Ohio. Old Mans Cave is a well-known name in the Hocking Hills of southeastern Ohio. A favorite hiking destination, Old Mans Cave Ohio is arguably the most popular of the six areas at Hocking Hills State Park. A mile-long gorge at Old Mans Cave displays a variety of geologic features, including waterfalls, sandstone cliffs and rock formations with names like the Devils Bathtub, Sphinx Head, Eagle Rock and Whale in the Wall.

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'Cedar Falls'
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Cedar Falls is among the most magnificent waterfalls in Ohio and certainly one of the most popular in the Hocking Hills. No matter what time of year you visit, Cedar Falls Ohio is a sight to behold. The name Cedar Falls is a misnomer the result of mistaken identity. Early settlers to the area misidentified the stately hemlock trees as cedar trees consequently, this park was incorrectly named. Despite the mistake, the name Cedar Falls has been used ever since.

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'Middle Falls'
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Located at Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, OH.

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© Gene Shirk 2009

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'Beautiful spot by Old Mans cave'

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'Ranger explainning the production of maple sap'

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'Ferns on outcrops'

Conkles Hollow area

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'Cedar Falls '

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'Ash Cave'

Taken during the annual Hocking Hills hike

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'Ash Cave'

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'Ice Formations'

Late winter into spring. Old Mans Cave region

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'Ice Formations'

March 4 2010 near Old Mans Cave

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'Hocking Hills-Cedar Falls'
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This shot was taken on a hike to Cedar Falls at Hocking Hills, Ohio. It was a very enjoyable hike. The falls was beautiful

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© Gene Shirk 2009

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© Gene Shirk 2009

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'Reflections'

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'Old Mans Cave'

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'Ash Cave'

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'Ash Cave'

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'Middle Falls'
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This waterfall is in front of the recess cave Old Mans cave is named for.

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'Lower Falls'
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Lower Falls at Old Mans Cave

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'Ash Cave Waterfall'
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This free falling waterfall is nearly 100. The cave is the largest recess cave East of the Mississippi.

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'Frozen Falls'
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The waterfall at Ash cave continues to flow through the winter and occasionally the giant icicle pile makes its way near the top.

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'Frozen Upper Falls'
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Hocking Hills during winter is a site that must be experienced. The familiar areas transformed to giant icicles.

Hocking Hills provides a variety of recreational opportunities in a splendid natural setting. Towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep hemlock-shaded gorges lure the hiker and naturalist and serve as a backdrop to popular facilities and accommodation.
Nature of the Area
The natural history of this region is as fascinating as the caves are beautiful. Here, in these sandstones and shales, one can read Ohio's history from the rocks. The scenic features of the six areas of the Hocking Hills State Park complex are carved in the Blackhand sandstone. This bedrock was deposited more than 350 million years ago as a delta in the warm shallow sea which covered Ohio at that time. Subsequent millions of years of uplift and stream erosion created the awesome beauty seen today.

The sandstone varies in composition and hardness from softer, loosely cemented middle zone to harder top and bottom layers. The recess caves at Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave and Cantwell Cliffs are all carved in the softer middle zone. Weathering and erosion widened cracks found in the middle layer of sandstone at the Rock House to create that unusual formation.

Other features of the rock include cross-bedding, honeycomb weathering and slump blocks. The first is noticeable as diagonal lines in the rock intersecting horizontal ones. It is actually the cross section of an ancient sand bar in the delta and was caused by changing ocean currents. Honeycomb weathering looks like the small holes in a beehive comb. They are formed by differential weathering which comes about when water, moving down through the permeable sandstone, washes out small pockets of loosely cemented sand grains. Finally, the huge slump blocks of rock littering the streams tumble from near by cliffs when cracks widen to the extent that the block is no longer supported by the main cliff.

Although the glaciers never reached the park areas, their influence is still seen here in the form of the vegetation growing in the gorges. The glaciers changed the climate of all Ohio to a moist, cool environment. Upon their retreat, this condition persisted only in a few places such as the deep gorges of Hocking County. Therefore, the towering eastern hemlocks, the Canada yew and the yellow and black birch tell of a cool period 10,000 years ago.
History of the Area
The hollows and caves of the park complex have long attracted the peoples of Ohio. Evidence of the ancient Adena culture illustrates man first inhabited the recesses more than 7,000 years ago.

In the mid 1700's several Indian tribes traveled through or lived here including the Wyandot, Delaware and Shawnee. Their name for the river from which the park gets its name was Hockhocking of "bottle river." The name comes from the bottle-shaped valley of the Hocking River whose formation is due to its one-time blockage by glacial ice.

After the Greenville Treaty of 1795, Numerous white settlers moved into the region and Hocking County was organized in 1818. The area around the parks began to develop in 1835 when a powder mill was built near Rock House and a grist mill was constructed at Cedar Falls.

The cave areas were well-known as scenic attractions by 1870. In 1924, the first land purchase by the state was made to preserve the scenic features. This first parcel of 146 acres included Old Man's Cave. Subsequent purchases built acreage while the areas existed under the Department of Forestry as State Forest Parks. The Department of Natural Resources was created in 1949 and the new Division of Parks assumed control of the Hocking Hills State Parks assumed control of the Hocking Hills State Park complex which today includes the six park areas. A dining lodge and cottages were opened in 1972. These cottages, together with a campground, provide overnight facilities in one of the most beautiful areas of our state.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres2356
 Water, acres17
 Nearby State Forest, acres9238
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles24
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #4
 Rappelling/Rock Climbingyes
 Visitor Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
CampingPrimative, #12
 Electric Sites, #156
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Camper Cabins, #3
 Youth Group Camp, capacity140
 Campground Poolyes
WinterIce Fishingyes
AccommodationsFamily Cottages, #40
 Game Roomyes
 Outdoor Swimming Poolyes
 Restaurantyes
Camping
The family campground is situated on a wooded ridge and is open year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required for the group camp areas which allow tents only. There are also 30 walk-in family sites with pit latrines.
Cottages
The 40 gas-heated, family housekeeping cottages sleep up to six persons. They have two bedrooms (one with two twin beds; one with a double bed), bath with a shower, living room with a trundle sofa, gas-burning fireplace, microwave, complete kitchen, dining area and screened porch.
Nearby Accommodations
Hocking Hills Backwoods Retreat - ROCKBRIDGE, OHCottages and Cabins
Close proximity to Old Man's Cave and Ash Cave, both very popular tourist attractions in the Hocking Hills area. Our cabins are perfect if you are looking for a place to enjoy a relaxing getaway in the Hocking Hills Region, with fire pits, hot tubs, outdoor grilling, hiking, picnicking, fishing, and hunting.
4 miles from park*
The Grand Bentley Lodge - Rockbridge, OHCottages and Cabins
A spectacular, one-of-a-kind log home in the scenic Hocking Hills. Stunning solid walnut flooring. A grand great room with huge windows and a two-story stone fireplace. A spectacular recreation area with pool table, home theater, and a large hot tub right outside.
9.4 miles from park*
Hocking Hills Dreamscape Hideaway - Logan, OHCottages and Cabins
This is not your typical cabin in the woods and you aint gonna be roughing it. Its a log home lovingly furnished to make you feel spoiled. From the moment you enter, youll realize that youve found your dreamscape. Beautiful, tranquil music playing the background feel free to take the CD home with you, luxurious amenities all around you, a soothing, private hot tub overlooking the forest and a bottle of champagne chilling next to the flick-of-a-switch gas fireplace. Oh yes, you have arrived And we promise youll wish you never had to leave.
10.2 miles from park*
Haven Inn the Hills - Logan, OHCottages and Cabins
Great for a private relaxing get away. Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation with that special someone, or the best cook-out for family and friends Haven Inn The Hills is the answer for you.
2.8 miles from park*
Fernwood Log Cabin - Logan, OHCottages and Cabins
It features a hot tub, 2 bedrooms, pool table, ping pong table, CD player, telephone, living room with fireplace and tv/vcr with 50 movies. The kitchen is full equipped and the deck has a swing.
8.9 miles from park*
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Swimming
The swimming pool outside the dining lodge is free to cottage guests 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Memorial Day to Labor Day, and open to the general public for a small daily fee. Special evening swims are often offered at an additional fee. Registered campers only may use the outdoor pool in the family campground.


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Picnicking
Picnic areas with tables, grills, latrines and drinking water are located at each of the recess caves. The picnic shelters at Old Man's Cave and Ash Cave may be reserved; the shelters at Rock House and Cantwell Cliffs are first-come, first-served. Contact the park office for details.
Trails
There are miles of trail located throughout the park and adjacent state forest. These trails are beautiful as well as potentially dangerous: caution and common sense are advised. Young children should be closely supervised while in these areas. All park visitors must remain on the trails at all times.
Area Attractions
Conkles Hollow, a state nature preserve, features scenic geologic formations and rare and unique plants. It is located off S.R. 374, open during daylight hours only.

A rock climbing/rappelling area is available in the adjacent Hocking State Forest.

The Hocking Valley offers a variety of points of interest for visitors. Local attractions include craft and antique shops, museums, canoeing, horse back riding, a scenic railway, hiking trails and scenic drives.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 28 Love hocking hills anytime of year by magshull
there is no bad time to go to hocking hills ..its like walking into Lord of the Rings. Any stress or frustrations you have will melt away as soon as you start to walk thru the park ...so enjoy have fun and bring your camera...this area is ever changing
April 17 The best kept secret in Ohio! by ACKBelle
This is a beautiful park!! The best hiking in Ohio in my opinion. Book your reservations early for all the fall colors.


Area Campgrounds

Campbell Cove Camping
30775 Lake Logan Road
Logan, OH
740-385-2994


Palmerosa Horse Camp
19217 Keifel Rd.
Laurelville, OH
740-385-3799


Top O' The Caves
2265 Lancaster Thornville Road
South Bloomingville, OH
740-385-6566


Hocking River RV Park
31251 Chieftain Drive
Hocking Hills, OH
740-385-8685


Hocking Hills KOA
29150 Pattor Rd
Logan, OH
740-3854295


Hocking Hills Campground
26633 Main Street
Rockbridge, OH
740-385-4449


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Walnut Creek Campground Resort - Chillicothe, OHCottages and Cabins
Rustic beauty in a peaceful, clean atmosphere is the secret to this Family Retreat. The serene splendor of Mother Nature is your reward for visiting Walnut Creek. We offer cabin rentals for those who want the convenience with less effort.
Web Site: walnutcreekcampground.com
21.9 miles from park*
Rose's Vacation Cabin - Glouster, OHCottages and Cabins
Burr Oak State Park - Located in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. Rose's Vacation Cabin Rental is a special place to make your Honeymoon, Anniversary, or Family Getaway a relaxing experience.
Web Site: rosesvacationcabinrental.com
29.8 miles from park*
Area Resources
Hocking Hills Internet Guide - hockinghills.com - Rockbridge, OHTourism
Offical Guide to Southeastern Ohio's Scenic Wonderland, the Hocking Hills. The 9 State Parks and State Forests. How to get there, things to do, interesting local merchants, what to see, places to stay. Reserve your cabin or campsite online
Web Site: hockinghills.com
3.9 miles from park*
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Directions
From Cleveland, Ohio: Take I-71 South to Columbus. Take 270 East toward Wheeling, WV to U.S. 33 East (Lancaster Exit)Travel East to Logan, Exit on 664 South.

From Columbus, Ohio: Take U.S. 33 East through Lancaster to Logan, Ohio and exit onto State Route 664 South.

From Cincinnati, Ohio: Take I-71 North towards Columbus.Watch for and take State Route 56 East through Mt. Sterling. Continue on State Route 56 East through Circleville and Laurelville to South Bloomingville, Ohio.In South Bloomingville take State Route 664 North approximately 4 miles to the park.

From Toledo, Ohio: Take I -75 South to Findlay, get on State Route 23 to Columbus. Take I-270 East towards Wheeling to U.S. 33 East (Lancaster Exit). Travel East tot Logan, Exit 664 South.From Logan, Ohio:Take 664 South approximately 12 miles to park area.

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