Arguably the Best Park in Ohio: Hocking Hills

Explore Hocking Hills State Park

Ash Cave

Ash Cave
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Ash Cave is approximately a 1/2 mile long and takes about 40 minutes to hike. It is a one-way trail system but wheelchair accessible until you reach a series of steps that are a strenuous climb. Explorers navigate a wheelchair-accessible, asphalt trail through a beautiful gorge lined with stately hemlocks and cliff walls.

As you traverse the trail a recess cave and a seasonal waterfall will reveal itself approximately halfway through the trail. After reaching the cave/waterfall area, hikers (barring wheelchair-users) must continue on the one-way trail system and up a series of steps to the rim trail, which leads—if turning right—back along the rim to the parking lot or 2.3 miles to Cedar Falls if turning left. This trail is marked with signs and an excellent choice for those with kids or looking for a leisure trek.


Cantwell Cliffs






Cantwell Cliffs is path is the most rugged in the park system, remote, and a one-way in and one-way out loop. There are over two miles of trail with two loops, each being one mile. It takes approximately 60 to 80 minutes to hike each loop of the trail.

Cantwell Cliffs OH-374, Rockbridge, OH 43149 | GPS Tracking: (39.539874, -82.575814)


Cedar Falls

Hocking Hills Cedar Falls




The path is approximately a 1/2 mile long and relatively strenuous. It is a one-way trail system with a waterfall, bridges, and unique rock formations. Hikers can take in the beauty of a seasonal waterfall reached by hiking a rugged trail down steps and along a dirt path. After getting to the cave/waterfall area, hikers continue along the one-way trail system through beautiful rock formations, a boardwalk, and up series of steps. Due to the nature of the trail it is NOT wheelchair accessible.


Conkle’s Hollow

Not quite a cliff, not quite a cave, Conkle’s Hollow was designated as a State Nature Preserve in 1977, Conkle’s Hollow’s sheer cliffs of Black Hand sandstone rise nearly 200 feet above the valley floor. The deep, cool gorge, which is only 100 feet wide in places and is considered by some to be the deepest in Ohio, has numerous waterfalls cascading over its sandstone cliffs. What a site to behold!


Old Man’s Cave

When you think of Hocking Hills, Old Man’s Cave will certainly come to mind. Arguably on of the most popular trail systems is Old Man’s Cave for it fun winding trails and breath-taking views. The one-way loop trail is approximately 1 to 1.5 miles long and begins at the kiosk at the Upper Falls.

-A wheelchair/stroller accessible trail runs from the Park/Camp office past the visitor center to Lodge Road. It is a little more than a half-mile in length and includes a ramp and observation deck at Upper Falls.


Rock House

Rock House is a unique structure featuring a often dark cavernous structure with windows of serenity overlooking Hocking Hills beautiful landscape! The structure is situated up a 150-ft cliff of Black Hand sandstone.

-Not Wheelchair accessible


Whispering Cave

Hocking Hills State Park is OPEN ALL YEAR-ROUND FROM DAWN TO DUSK

HIKERS MUST REMAIN ON THE MARKED TRAIL while visiting Hocking Hills. Well-behaved, non-aggressive pets are permitted on leash (excluding Conkles Hollow). There is NO wading or swimming allowed in the waterfalls or creeks. You can check the weather forecast here.

*note: all information is updated to the best of our knowledge and is subject to change without notice. For the latest information please visit ohiodnr.gov.