Old Man's Cave is one of the most popular areas of Hocking Hills State Park, an over 2,300-acre nature area which is about an hour away from Columbus by car. This beautiful nature area is named Old Man's Cave because a man lived alone in the cave for several years in the late 1700s and was eventually buried in the area. Visitors who hike the mile-long hiking trail through the area will be rewarded with stunning natural views that feature waterfalls flowing along a sandstone gorge created by Old Man's Creek. It's the perfect place for a short family hike surrounded by nature.
Things to Do
- Hike the Old Man's Cave trail, which is approximately a mile in length. You can print a trail map here.
- Stop by the visitor center, where you can learn about the cave's history by viewing informative displays.
- Don't forget your camera! You'll want to take photographs of the cave's incredible scenery, especially the waterfalls and wildlife like butterflies, birds, and rabbits.
Old Man's Cave Insider Tips
- Wear a pair of sturdy closed-toe shoes when hiking to Old Man's Cave - the trails are well-maintained, but can be slippery when it has rained recently.
- Bring along some food and have a picnic at one of the tables by the gorge - just make sure you bring along a trash bag to take home with you since there are no trash cans in the picnic area.
- Pick up a souvenir to remember your hike from the gift shop in the Old Man's Cave visitor center.
- Explore the rest of Hocking Hills State Park! It has tons more trails, an outdoor pool where you can cool off in the summertime, a lake where you can go fishing, and an archery range that has 3D targets.