Columbus, OH: Old Mans Cave Loop

This beautiful 5.1-mile loop in Hocking Hills State Park runs along a tight sandstone gorge to waterfalls, caves, and funky rock formations.
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This beautiful 5.1-mile loop in Hocking Hills State Park runs along a tight sandstone gorge to waterfalls, caves, and funky rock formations.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.2

Waypoints

OMC001

Location: 39.4363823, -82.5391388

Veer SW following blue blazes into the sandstone gorge; turn L to a 30-foot waterfall; backtrack and continue downstream

OMC009

Location: 39.4242096, -82.5385437

Rose Hollow: Take a short detour N to Rose Lake

OMC004

Location: 39.4233284, -82.5451279

Path joins Queer Creek, heading E

OMC002

Location: 39.4329987, -82.54422

Trail threads through a series of tunnels and stairs to Old Man's Cave where a local hermit lived for years

OMC007

Location: 39.4191208, -82.5254211

Hemlocks line the top spout of Cedar Falls; ironically there are no cedars here

OMC006

Location: 39.4193764, -82.5277557

Gorge widens

OMC010

Location: 39.4256439, -82.5444336

Peer down into the gorge to the segment of Old Man's Creek called The Gulf

OMC008

Location: 39.4206772, -82.5301971

Leave the creek and climb to the canyon rim, then head W to create a thin string bean loop

OMC003

Location: 39.4294128, -82.545723

Continue downstream to a second 40-foot waterfall; photo op

OMC005

Location: 39.4221458, -82.5390549

Path moves along tall rock faces

OMC011

Location: 39.4319153, -82.5444336

Head SE; .5 miles back to trailhead