Hocking Hills State Park
Old Mans Cave to Cedar Falls

Stonework in the gorge

Traveling through the gorge from Old Mans Cave to Cedar Falls is a cornucopia of treats - alcoves with water falling free, cliff house caves overlooking rapids, waterfalls both big and small, and a delicious assortment of tall trees, bushes, flowers and plants.

The return along the Overlook trail is easy with a few highlights - some nice views into the gorge and crossing a dam.
This is an amazing hike, well worth taking!

From the McDonalds near the intersection of Interstate Hwy 33 and Ohio 664 in Logan Ohio, head southwest on OH-664 10.7 miles to the parking lot for Old Mans Cave, which will be on your right.
Coordinates for the hike: 39.4357680,-82.5403900
Parking / Trailhead amenities
The parking lot is paved, smooth, and enormous. There are restrooms and other facilities at the visitors center, across the road from the parking log.
Trail observations
The trailhead starts across the road from the parking lot at the bridge that crosses over the waterfall. On the far side of the bridge, take a right, then another right and descend into the gorge along a stone stairway. After viewing the falls, start following the trail downstream towards Old Mans Cave and the lower falls.
From Old Mans Cave, continue heading down the gorge till you reach Cedar Falls. At Cedar Falls, follow the trail to the Cedar Falls Parking Lot, then pick up the Overlook trail and return to the parking lot via the Visitors Center.
Trail statistics
The trail is 6.79 miles long. The sum of all the uphill climbs is 623 feet.
Trail waypoints
0.23 miParkingParking
0.25 miCross roadCross at the cross walk sign
0.57 miGo rightGo right and descend along the Gorge trail
0.58 miDown cement stairsGo down the stairs. Cement Handrail, CCC style.
0.77 miLeft across BridgeLeft across the bridge and head towards Old Man's Cave
1.05 miOld Mans CaveOld Man's Cave
2.25 miBenchBench
3.86 miCedar FallsCedar Falls
3.91 miHead leftHead left toward the Overlook trail
4.05 miHike through grassHike through the grass by the parking lot to the bridge
4.09 miBridgeBridge
4.12 miOverlook signGorge overlook trail sign
5.28 miTake leftBranch - take a left after crossing the dam (trail map, bench)
5.61 miBenchSign,Bench
6.54 miHead leftHead left towards old Man's Cave
6.54 miCross the bridgeCross the bridge
6.79 miEnd of trailEnd of trail
Trail map - Old Mans Cave to Cedar Falls
Altitude chart - Old Mans Cave to Cedar Falls Parking Cross road Go right Down cement stairs Hike through grass Take left Bench End of trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Feature: Waterfall
Trail surface: Dirt
Trail surface: Gravel
Type: Loop
View: Enclosed
County: Hocking
State: Ohio
Country: United States of America
Ohio DNR site
Map of Cedar Falls' area
Hocking Hills Trip Planner
Map of Old Man's Cave area
Excellent writeup of this hike!
Printable trail map in PDF format (37 Mb download)
Printable trail map in PNG format (5 Mb download)
Waypoints in CSV format
Waypoints in KML format
Instructions on using a trail description page
Instructions on using a trail map printout
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