Grandma Gatewood Trail - Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave

#1 of 6 trails in Hocking Hills State Park

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Grandma Gate wood Trail - Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave is a 10 mile out and back trail located near Logan, Ohio that features a cave. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.

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Joanna Van Sickle (125)

5 Completed2 Reviews

Kevin F (179)

9 Completed9 Reviews

This is by far Ohio's best hike for beauty. I have done many in CVNP and all over Ohio. If you hike in the Gorge there are a few challenging spots but it is pretty basic and flat for most of the hike. I took along my collapsible fishing pole and caught some fish in the stream along the way. Waterfalls tend to run stronger earlier in the year ... may be slow or not flowing well as Summer kicks into full gear or early fall. Beautiful in the Winter as well.

Robert Aberegg (947)

61 Completed19 Reviews

Would rate much higher, but much of the trail is closed for repair.

Carmen Prater (437)

25 Completed9 Reviews

The most beautiful scenery in OH...but not a place to go for solitude. The hundreds of people create a theme park type atmosphere. Ohio should consider limiting visitors by requiring people to get permits because this area is truly being destroyed by the people who visit.

Maribeth Arnone (395)

14 Completed10 Reviews

Did it today with a three year old and two small dogs. The Red trail is very easy, if you stick to the blue trail its much more difficult, and people with large dogs had trouble because the dogs were afraid to go over the rock formations. With that said my three year had a blast climbing the rocks and had little trouble.

Bryce Wilson (389)

6 Completed4 Reviews

We only hiked to the lower falls and back around. It was miserably humid in the morning, but the hiking was nice and the scenery makes it hard to believe you are in Ohio. We started around 10:30 or so and the crowds were not too bad yet. By the time we got back to the parking lot, it was starting to get pretty busy. Conkles Hollow was much less crowded and spectcular!

Jennifer Neideffer (56)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Where are there spots for little ones to swim along trails? I've heard there's a small swim hole on way to devils bathtub? And is TH George trail in old mans cave the lower falls one where you can swim?

Eric Nail (101)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Ignore that last guy, he clearly has that "Everything is better out west" mentality. It's a path in the wilderness, therefore it's hiking. The best thing about this trail to me are the options you have depending on your situation. You can make short hikes in and out at different spots with young kids, take those with lesser mobility on the mostly-paved Ash Cave trail, go for the long haul on various terrain by yourself, and have several options where to start and end your trip. The scenery is gorgeous, wildlife is plentiful, and it can be as easy or hard as you want it.

B M (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

These "hikes" in hocking hills are laughable. These are truly nature walks, they are not hikes, and the assembly of people who define "hiking" in this state need to spend a weekend in the mountains of Maui, Sedona, AZ, and Zion in Utah. Maybe the Appalachians in PA as well for a bit of a well rounded comprehension on what a hike is. These are at best, long and connected family nature walks.

Birgit Nazarian (413)

9 Completed7 Reviews

Only been on part of the this trail because it's so stunning you are tempted to take it slow. Make sure you bring a camera. My favorite parts are the waterfalls, the Devil's bathtub, the moss on the walls, the bridges and the "caves" which are really ledges deeply recessed into the wall of the gorge. This trip is a treat. Best for adults and older kids (8 and above).