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

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.

© Bud Schrader Photography
Upper Falls, The Classic Look - It had been a rainy morning, but I'm glad I showed up.

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.

© Bud Schrader Photography
Broken Rock Falls - Below the lower falls of Old Mans Cave

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Calendar of Events
The Awesome Possum
Fri Jun 22

1:00 pm

Meet the Naturalist at the naturalist cabin to find out what is so awesome about this furry creature.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Bats of Ohio
Sat Jun 23

1:00 pm

Meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin to learn about some of the bats that make Ohio their home. Learn about why these winged mammals are so beneficial to humans.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Terrific Turtles
Sun Jun 24

1:00 pm

Stop by the Naturalist Cabin to learn about the turtles that make Hocking Hills their home. Learn about eh decline of teh Eastern Box Turtle and ways we can help.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Frogs and Toads, What is the difference
Wed Jun 27

1:00 pm

Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to learn more about frogs and toads.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Butterflies
Fri Jun 29

1:00 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 Civilian Conservation Corp and Hocking Hills
Sat Jun 30

1:00 pm

Join the Naturalist to learn how the CCC helped to build the trails, tunnels, and forests that have made the Hocking Hills region what it is today. This presentation will include a short walk down into the gorge to see some of the work that the men of the Corp helped with. Meet at the Naturalist cabin located by the A frame bridge.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Birds of Prey
Wed Jul 4

1:00 pm

What is the difference between owls and hawks... come down to the Naturalist Cabin located by the A Frame Bridge to learn about the diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey that make Hocking Hills their home.

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
Thu Jul 5

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, Historical,
Spiders, Dispelling The Myths
Fri Jul 6

1:00 pm

Have you heard that daddy long legs are the most poisonous spider alive but their mouths are too small to bite? Let us learn more about spiders and gain a greater understanding of their importance. Meet at the naturalist cabin right beside the A frame bridge.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Terrific Turtles
Sat Jul 7

1:00 pm

Stop by the Naturalist Cabin near the A frame bridge to learn about the turtles that make Hocking Hills their home. Learn about the decline of the Eastern Box Turtle and ways we can help.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Skins and Skulls
Sun Jul 8

1:00 pm

Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to see what critters make the Hocking Hills home.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Making Tracks
Wed Jul 11

1:00 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,
The Wonders of Old Man's Cave
Fri Jul 13

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, Historical,
Hocking's Wildlife at the Cabin
Sat Jul 14

1:00 pm

As you pass by on your hike today, stop by the Naturalist Cabin to explore and take a closer look at some of our native residents. Naturalist will be available to explain and answer questions.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Reptile Rampage
Thu Jul 19

1:00 pm

What makes a reptile a reptile... what is cold blooded... who lives around here...

For the answer to these and other questions join the naturalist at the naturalists cabin located behind the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Birds of Prey
Fri Jul 20

1:00 pm

What is the difference between owls and hawks... come down to the Naturalist Cabin located by the A Frame Bridge to learn about the diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey that make Hocking Hills their home.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Archery
Wed Jul 25

1:00 pm

Meet the naturalist at the archery range to learn some basic archery skills. Bows will be available to shoot during this program.

The Hocking Hills Archery Range is open 7 days a week free of charge and can be found at this address: 20307-20321 OH-664 Scenic, Logan, OH 43138.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Terrific Turtles
Sat Jul 28

1:00 pm

Stop by the Naturalist Cabin near the A frame bridge to learn about the turtles that make Hocking Hills their home. Learn about the decline of the Eastern Box Turtle and ways we can help.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
The Civilian Conservation Corp and Hocking Hills
Sat Jul 28

9:00 am

Join the Naturalist to learn how the CCC helped to build the trails, tunnels, and forests that have made the Hocking Hills region what it is today. This presentation will include a short walk down into the gorge to see some of the work that the men of the Corp helped with. Meet at the Naturalist cabin located by the A frame bridge.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Games of the Past
Sun Jul 29

1:00 pm.

Meet at the Naturalist Cabin located behind the Old Mans Cave Visitors Center to learn about some of the fun things that pioneer children did when they had free time. Try your hand at some of the games and activities.

As you pass by on your hike today stop by the Naturalist Cabin, located behind the Old Mans Cave Visitor Center, to explore and take a closer look at some of our native residents.

Naturalist will be available for discussion and to answer questions.

Cost: Free

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
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