Everything You Want to Know about Hocking Hills Caves and Waterfall
Top things to know about the beautiful caves and waterfalls Hocking Hills has to offer!
To help narrow down the search, ask yourself what you’re looking for. Do you want an easy, short hike that includes a destination waterfall? Do you want a longer hike that ends in a cave? For the best waterfall-siting you should go during the rainy season. For most of these falls, the wetter the climate that week the better the views.
Here’s the thing: If you are hiking along a steep rock face, like most of the hikes in Hocking Hills, you’ll see a lot of water running down. There are so many creeks winding through the Hocking Hills region, combined with so many gorges and cliffs, running water is part of the beauty of the area.
Essentially, if all you are looking for is water falling over rocks, you have the ability to see hundreds of little waterfalls on any of the many hikes through Hocking Hills. However, if you are looking for a “destination waterfall” then you’ll want to check out Cedar Falls.
The same rules apply for caves. You'll spy a variety of little nooks and crannies in the sandstone and cliff rock faces of these hikes.
Here’s our list for everything you need to know about Hocking Hills Caves and Waterfalls.
Recess caves: Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave
Another recess cave destination is Old Man’s Cave. This massive cave, with its magnificent ledges above and gorgeous details of years of erosion lining the sandstone, shocks even the most seasoned Hocking Hills cave enthusiast. If you are lucky and it’s recently rained, you’ll have plunge waterfalls at both of these caves. A “plunge” waterfall, when water drops from very high down to the stream below, are sights to behold.
The “caviest” cave: Rockhouse
The classic waterfall: Cedar Falls
Where a plunge waterfall is essentially water dropping down from high above, Cedar Falls is the go-to for your more traditional cascading waterfall. The short hike is only a 1/2 mile-long trail to the most famous waterfall in Hocking Hills.
Important note: Bundle up and take this hike in the winter. Frozen waterfalls are definitely a real thing, and not just some new dessert. Of all the waterfall viewing in Hocking Hills, seeing Cedar Falls frozen may be even more rewarding than melted water.