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Hocking Hills State Park Winter at Upper Falls © Dennis Deitrick
Hocking Hills Upper Falls
Hocking Hills State Park Upper Falls © Eric Hoffman
View from the path down into the gorge at Old Mans Cave.
Hocking Hills State Park Cedar Falls © Eric Hoffman
Taken while sitting in the stream at Cedar Falls. The water is cold in the spring
Hocking Hills State Park View from Ash Cave © Dennis Deitrick
Ash Cave Hocking Hills
Hocking Hills State Park Ash Cave - Hocking Hills © Stephanie LeCureaux
These caves will last as long as love.
Hocking Hills State Park © Ann E. Riggs
Hocking Hills State Park Reflections © Ann E. Riggs
Hocking Hills State Park Rock House © Daniel R. Pater
Rock House is the only real cave in Hocking State Park. Old Mans Cave and Ash Cave are recess cave.
Hocking Hills State Park © Ann E. Riggs
Hocking Hills State Park © Ann E. Riggs
Hocking Hills State Park © Ann E. Riggs
Hocking Hills State Park I see you © MM Photography
As the Park Naturalist says, you paorbably walk past several of thes guys and dont even notice them, but they see you.
Hocking Hills State Park Abstract Falls © MM Photography
This small falls is located near the middle entrance by the visitors center of Old Mans Cave.
Hocking Hills State Park Middle Falls © MM Photography
This waterfall is in front of the recess cave Old Mans cave is named for.
Hocking Hills State Park Bridge over Devils Bathtub © MM Photography
Hocking Hills State Park Lower Falls © MM Photography
Lower Falls at Old Mans Cave
Hocking Hills State Park © John Mueller
Hocking Hills State Park Rock House © MM Photography
Set into the side of a sandstone cliff, this is the only actual cave in the area, a must see.
Hocking Hills State Park © John Mueller
Hocking Hills State Park © John Mueller
Hocking Hills State Park © Michael Greene
Hocking Hills State Park © Victor F Artigas
Hocking Hills State Park © John Mueller
Hocking Hills State Park Ash Cave © Victor F Artigas
Taken during the annual Hocking Hills hike
Hocking Hills State Park © John Mueller
Hocking Hills State Park Ice Formations © Victor F Artigas
Late winter into spring. Old Mans Cave region
Hocking Hills State Park © John Mueller
Hocking Hills State Park Ash Cave © Victor F Artigas
Hocking Hills State Park © John Mueller
Hocking Hills State Park Ice Formations © Victor F Artigas
March 4 2010 near Old Mans Cave
Hocking Hills State Park Beautiful spot by Old Mans cave © Victor F Artigas
Hocking Hills State Park © John Mueller
Hocking Hills State Park Ranger explainning the production of maple sap © Victor F Artigas
Hocking Hills State Park Ash Cave © John Mueller
Hocking Hills State Park Ferns on outcrops © Victor F Artigas
Conkles Hollow area
Hocking Hills State Park © Victor F Artigas
Hocking Hills State Park © T Walker
Hocking Hills State Park Old Mans Cave © Tori Buck
Old Mans Cave The most popular of all the Hocking Hills areas is Old Mans Cave, located on State Route 664. Here at the Upper Falls, the Grandma Gatewood Trail begins its six-mile course connecting three of the parks areas Old Mans Cave to Cedar Falls to Ash Cave. This same trail has been designated as part of Ohios Buckeye Trail as well as part of two national systems - the North Country Scenic Trail and Americas Discovery Trail.
Hocking Hills State Park © Pamela Burns
Hocking Hills State Park © Michael Greene
Hocking Hills State Park © T Walker
Hocking Hills State Park Old Mans Cave © Jim Toren
Hocking Hills State Park Ash Cave © Beverly Baker
On top of the trail looking down on the waterfall.
Hocking Hills State Park © Pamela Burns
Hocking Hills State Park © Gene Shirk
Hocking Hills State Park © Gene Shirk
Hocking Hills State Park Fall Reflections © Jason Vickers
Taken Fall 2008 near the Cedar Falls waterfall.
Hocking Hills State Park Cedar Falls in January © Daniel R. Pater
Cedar Falls, frozen in January, is at its most magnificent time of the year.
Hocking Hills State Park View from Rock House © MM Photography
Looking out from Rock House, trickles of water make large icicles the side of the cliff
Hocking Hills State Park Hocking Hills-Cedar Falls © Ted Denman
This shot was taken on a hike to Cedar Falls at Hocking Hills, Ohio. It was a very enjoyable hike. The falls was beautiful
Hocking Hills State Park Frozen Falls © MM Photography
The waterfall at Ash cave continues to flow through the winter and occasionally the giant icicle pile makes its way near the top.
Hocking Hills State Park Upper Falls © MM Photography
Upper Falls at Old Mans Cave
Hocking Hills State Park Side fall at Cedar Falls © MM Photography
Many small waterfalls can be seen at the major sections of the park
Hocking Hills State Park Ash Cave Waterfall © MM Photography
This free falling waterfall is nearly 100. The cave is the largest recess cave East of the Mississippi.
Hocking Hills State Park Frozen Upper Falls © MM Photography
Hocking Hills during winter is a site that must be experienced. The familiar areas transformed to giant icicles.
Hocking Hills State Park Broken Rock Falls © MM Photography
A less traveled area of Old Mans Cave, but worth the walk
Hocking Hills State Park Going Up © MM Photography
Most of the walking paths have been cut throught the natural rock instead of adding structures to the area.
Hocking Hills State Park Cedar Falls © MM Photography
Arguably the most attractive waterfall in the park
Hocking Hills State Park I spy a ...... © MM Photography
The windows of Rock House present many interesting shapes. What do you see
Hocking Hills State Park © Victor F Artigas
Hocking Hills State Park © Michael Greene
Hocking Hills State Park Cedar Falls © Victor F Artigas
Hocking Hills State Park © T Walker
Hocking Hills State Park Middle Falls © Tori Buck
Located at Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, OH.
Hocking Hills State Park © Michael Greene
Hocking Hills State Park © Pamela Burns
Hocking Hills State Park © Pamela Burns
Hocking Hills State Park © Michael Greene
Hocking Hills State Park © Michael Greene
Hocking Hills State Park © Pamela Burns
Hocking Hills State Park © katie ingles
Hocking Hills State Park Hocking Hills/Buckeye Trail © Beverly Baker
One of my favorite trails is hiking a part of the Buckeye Trail.
Hocking Hills State Park Ash Cave © Jim Toren
Hocking Hills State Park Moss Rock Falls © Jason Vickers
This image taken at the Hocking Hills State Park in Logan , Ohio. This taken near Cedar Falls in the State Park. An awesome place to shoot for those Photographers who enjoy preserved nature and during the spring extreme, vibrant colors.
Hocking Hills State Park Cedar Falls © Jason Vickers
Cedar Falls is among the most magnificent waterfalls in Ohio and certainly one of the most popular in the Hocking Hills. No matter what time of year you visit, Cedar Falls Ohio is a sight to behold. The name Cedar Falls is a misnomer the result of mistaken identity. Early settlers to the area misidentified the stately hemlock trees as cedar trees consequently, this park was incorrectly named. Despite the mistake, the name Cedar Falls has been used ever since.
Hocking Hills State Park © Gene Shirk
Hocking Hills State Park © Gene Shirk
Hocking Hills State Park © Gene Shirk
Hocking Hills State Park Old Mans Cave Falls © Jason Vickers
This is another waterfall in the Hocking Hills State Park in Logan , Ohio. Old Mans Cave is a well-known name in the Hocking Hills of southeastern Ohio. A favorite hiking destination, Old Mans Cave Ohio is arguably the most popular of the six areas at Hocking Hills State Park. A mile-long gorge at Old Mans Cave displays a variety of geologic features, including waterfalls, sandstone cliffs and rock formations with names like the Devils Bathtub, Sphinx Head, Eagle Rock and Whale in the Wall.
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HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK
HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK
19852 OH-664
Logan, Ohio   43138
(lat:39.4265 lon:-82.5357)

Phone: (740) 385-6842
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Hocking Hills provides a variety of recreational opportunities in a splendid natural setting. Towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep hemlock-shaded gorges lure the hiker and naturalist and serve as a backdrop to popular facilities and accommodation.
Nature of the Area
The natural history of this region is as fascinating as the caves are beautiful. Here, in these sandstones and shales, one can read Ohio's history from the rocks. The scenic features of the six areas of the Hocking Hills State Park complex are carved in the Blackhand sandstone. This bedrock was deposited more than 350 million years ago as a delta in the warm shallow sea which covered Ohio at that time. Subsequent millions of years of uplift and stream erosion created the awesome beauty seen today.

The sandstone varies in composition and hardness from softer, loosely cemented middle zone to harder top and bottom layers. The recess caves at Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave and Cantwell Cliffs are all carved in the softer middle zone. Weathering and erosion widened cracks found in the middle layer of sandstone at the Rock House to create that unusual formation.

Other features of the rock include cross-bedding, honeycomb weathering and slump blocks. The first is noticeable as diagonal lines in the rock intersecting horizontal ones. It is actually the cross section of an ancient sand bar in the delta and was caused by changing ocean currents. Honeycomb weathering looks like the small holes in a beehive comb. They are formed by differential weathering which comes about when water, moving down through the permeable sandstone, washes out small pockets of loosely cemented sand grains. Finally, the huge slump blocks of rock littering the streams tumble from near by cliffs when cracks widen to the extent that the block is no longer supported by the main cliff.

Although the glaciers never reached the park areas, their influence is still seen here in the form of the vegetation growing in the gorges. The glaciers changed the climate of all Ohio to a moist, cool environment. Upon their retreat, this condition persisted only in a few places such as the deep gorges of Hocking County. Therefore, the towering eastern hemlocks, the Canada yew and the yellow and black birch tell of a cool period 10,000 years ago.
History of the Area
The hollows and caves of the park complex have long attracted the peoples of Ohio. Evidence of the ancient Adena culture illustrates man first inhabited the recesses more than 7,000 years ago.

In the mid 1700's several Indian tribes traveled through or lived here including the Wyandot, Delaware and Shawnee. Their name for the river from which the park gets its name was Hockhocking of "bottle river." The name comes from the bottle-shaped valley of the Hocking River whose formation is due to its one-time blockage by glacial ice.

After the Greenville Treaty of 1795, Numerous white settlers moved into the region and Hocking County was organized in 1818. The area around the parks began to develop in 1835 when a powder mill was built near Rock House and a grist mill was constructed at Cedar Falls.

The cave areas were well-known as scenic attractions by 1870. In 1924, the first land purchase by the state was made to preserve the scenic features. This first parcel of 146 acres included Old Man's Cave. Subsequent purchases built acreage while the areas existed under the Department of Forestry as State Forest Parks. The Department of Natural Resources was created in 1949 and the new Division of Parks assumed control of the Hocking Hills State Parks assumed control of the Hocking Hills State Park complex which today includes the six park areas. A dining lodge and cottages were opened in 1972. These cottages, together with a campground, provide overnight facilities in one of the most beautiful areas of our state.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 28 Great Park! by Susie M.
One of my favorite Ohio parks! You can find lots of additional information on the www.hockinghills.com web site.
March 28 Love hocking hills anytime of year by magshull
there is no bad time to go to hocking hills ..its like walking into Lord of the Rings. Any stress or frustrations you have will melt away as soon as you start to walk thru the park ...so enjoy have fun and bring your camera...this area is ever changing
April 17 The best kept secret in Ohio! by ACKBelle
This is a beautiful park!! The best hiking in Ohio in my opinion. Book your reservations early for all the fall colors.
Private Area Campgrounds
Hocking Hills KOA
29150 Pattor Rd
Logan, OH
740-3854295
Top O' The Caves
2265 Lancaster Thornville Road
South Bloomingville, OH
740-385-6566
Hocking Hills Campground
26633 Main Street
Rockbridge, OH
740-385-4449
Hocking River RV Park
31251 Chieftain Drive
Hocking Hills, OH
740-385-8685
Campbell Cove Camping
30775 Lake Logan Road
Logan, OH
740-385-2994
Palmerosa Horse Camp
19217 Keifel Rd.
Laurelville, OH
740-385-3799
Area Accommodations
TK Cabins - New Plymouth, OH
Cottages and Cabins
Cozy two bedroom cabin with large front porch on five acres overlooking a 3/4 acre fully stocked pond. Located in southern Hocking County just minutes from Hocking Hills caves, Nelsonville, Logan and Laurelville.
9.4 miles from park*
Cottages and Cabins
Great for a private relaxing get away. Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation with that special someone, or the best cook-out for family and friends Haven Inn The Hills is the answer for you.
0.1 miles from park*
Our Life Lodge - New Plymouth, OH
Cottages and Cabins
5 Bedroom, Newly Furnished, Hot Tub. Located on 330 private acres. Wayne National and Zaleski State Forest Both within one mile of property. Over 20 miles of established horse, atv, hiking trails on property.
8 miles from park*
Cottages and Cabins
A lakeside retreat in the beautiful Hocking Hills on scenic Lake Logan. Full kitchen, Hot Tub, Satellite HD TV, sitting room, breakfast nook, and electric AC/Heat.
8.3 miles from park*
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Offical Guide to Southeastern Ohio's Scenic Wonderland, the Hocking Hills. The 9 State Parks and State Forests. How to get there, things to do, interesting local merchants, what to see, places to stay. Reserve your cabin or campsite online
2.1 miles from park*
Directions
From Cleveland, Ohio: Take I-71 South to Columbus. Take 270 East toward Wheeling, WV to U.S. 33 East (Lancaster Exit)Travel East to Logan, Exit on 664 South.

From Columbus, Ohio: Take U.S. 33 East through Lancaster to Logan, Ohio and exit onto State Route 664 South.

From Cincinnati, Ohio: Take I-71 North towards Columbus.Watch for and take State Route 56 East through Mt. Sterling. Continue on State Route 56 East through Circleville and Laurelville to South Bloomingville, Ohio.In South Bloomingville take State Route 664 North approximately 4 miles to the park.

From Toledo, Ohio: Take I-75 South to Findlay, get on State Route 23 to Columbus. Take I-270 East towards Wheeling to U.S. 33 East (Lancaster Exit). Travel East tot Logan, Exit 664 South.From Logan, Ohio:Take 664 South approximately 12 miles to park area.
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