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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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Upper Gorge, Old Man's Cave Area
Jun 12, 2024 near Logan, OH
Upper Falls, Old Man's Cave Area
Jun 12, 2024 near Logan, OH
Upper Falls, Old Man's Cave Area
Jun 12, 2024 near Logan, OH
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

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Oct 18, 2023
Randy Hilverding
Cool trail a lot of climbing 1.8mi — 1h 30m
Sep 9, 2023
Nathan Young
May 6, 2023
Tyler Thieding
Nov 14, 2022
Tonya Malone
Mar 28, 2022
Sabrina Tavella-Burka
Sunny, chilly, quiet hike with forest terrain 3.1mi
Oct 17, 2021
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