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Gorge Overlook Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (16)

This easy, flat trail connects Old Man's Cave and Cedar Falls and is marked by red blazes. 


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Map Key

3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Point to Point

919' 280 m

High

755' 230 m

Low

111' 34 m

Up

235' 72 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly A flat and wide trail.

Description

The Gorge Overlook Trail connects the iconic landmark of Old Man's Cave to Cedar Falls.  Along the 3-mile trail, hikers will cross the dam at Rose Lake. The trail is made up of a mix of soil, sandstone, clay and gravel and is a mix of easy to moderate. 

The Gorge Overlook Trail is one of the most popular trails in Hocking Hills State park. About half way through the trail, hikers will cross the dam at Rose Lake (a.k.a Hocking Hills Reservoir). The State Park campgrounds are nearby. 

One prominent feature along the way is the A-framed bridge near Old Man's Cave.  Old Man's Cave itself is a recess cave with Middle Falls just below it.  Water from Cedar Falls runs over about 50ft of sandstone and is fed from the nearby Queer Creek.  Parking lots are accessible at either end of the trail.    

Contacts

Land Manager: Ohio State Parks

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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  4.4 from 16 votes

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Kharma is standing on the stump. She loved the walk, except she was not allowed in the water.
May 22, 2019 near Logan, OH
This trail section of the BT is dedicated to Emma Gatewood - first woman to hike the AT at all and first to hike it 3 times total (2 thrus and a section). Her first thru hike was at age 67.
Jun 3, 2018 near Logan, OH
Devil's Bathtub at Hocking Hills State Park, Old Man's Cave Trail.
Oct 28, 2016 near Logan, OH
The trail runs north, on the east side of Rose Lake.
Sep 18, 2016 near Logan, OH
Cedar Falls, Hocking Hills, Ohio.
Oct 28, 2016 near McArthur, OH
Cedar Falls
Oct 27, 2016 near McArthur, OH

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