Ash Cave
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  • theoljohnnyboy
    New Florence, Pennsylvania1,403 contributions
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    A really peaceful and serene spot. Consider going in the evening or early when it is much less crowded. It can be a pain to find- here are the GPS coordinates: N 39 23.769 W 082 32.739. The patch is nice and flat and easy for anyone of any age or ability. It is a very short trail as well. I would love to come here when there is a lot of water coming over the falls- but its tough to time it when you live four hours away! At least try not to come in the dry season.
    Written April 7, 2021
  • Stardust86
    Belleville, Michigan173 contributions
    Highly recommended for any trip with kids - but also for pretty much anyone in the area
    This is a highly recommended natural area for pretty much any group. The more seasoned & adventurous hikers will enjoy the rim trail. Those not used to hiking or who have difficulties or small children will enjoy the lower trail. The lower trail is paved right up to the cave opening, and then the cave itself is sand (you have to turn back and come out the same way to only hike the accessible portion). We visited in Aug about 5pm on a Monday. It was virtually deserted - highly recommend a weekday trip for that reason. No crowds, especially while Covid is still raging on, is wonderful. The paved hike to the cave is not vey long, but very pretty. It's a lovely relaxing little area. I brought my 2 year olds stroller with sand toys and she must have spent close to an hour playing in the sand. Definitely one of her favorite spots on our camping trip. (note; the stroller had to be left once you get to the sandy area as the paved path does end before you are really under the cave overhang).
    Written August 24, 2021
  • NatParkLove
    Peoria, Illinois1,778 contributions
    Beautiful easy hike
    Ash Cave gets pretty busy but there is a lot of parking across the road and we had no issue finding a spot even on a fall Saturday. The first half of the hike (and the only part we did) is very flat, level, and easy walking. Once you get to the cave, the ground becomes a hard-packed sand. Even though there were a lot of other people there, we never felt overly crowded and still got great pictures. You can continue the loop and the second half becomes more rigorous.
    Written October 15, 2022
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Travelbug
Pittsburgh, PA328 contributions
Aug 2021
First trip to the area for us. This was the first park we visited. Nice easy paved trail up until the entrance of the cave. The size of this cave is amazing. Love the one-way trail system that the parks are utilizing. Trail entrance very close to the parking area. We visited on a Thursday afternoon, not very crowded at all. Due to the lack of rain there was very little water falling from the waterfall and creek beds were almost dry, was still a beautiful walk.
Written September 1, 2021
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DElea60785
Tipp City, OH214 contributions
Sep 2020
Ash Cave is the largest of the rock formations in the Hocking Hills region of Southeast Ohio. It’s also the most accessible via a wheelchair-friendly paved walkway from the parking lot. Hikers without mobility restrictions can follow an easy loop from parking, to cave, then upstairs to a rim trail that returns to the road. The “cave” isn’t an underground cavern, but a 700 foot wide recess cave – the largest east of the Mississippi – cut 100 feet into a rock face. A waterfall drops 90 feet from the rim to form pools on the floor of the cave. The volume of water depends on the time of year. In the spring it can be very large; in late summer or early fall it’s usually a trickle – unless there is unusually heavy rainfall.
Written September 28, 2020
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Kiamom
Pittsburgh, PA317 contributions
Aug 2021
My husband and I enjoyed walking on this well marked and maintained trail. There were many beautifully colored rock formations along the way. The water feature was only minimally present due to it being late summer when we visited. Strong positive recommendation!
Written July 31, 2022
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VisitOhioToday(dot)com
Plain City, Ohio78 contributions
Jul 2022
We have visited Ash Cave many times over the years and it always is beautiful no matter the time of the year. This is one of our favorite easy hikes in the Hocking Hills area. We like that the bottom path almost all the way back to the waterfall is paved and quite level. This makes it easily accessible for motorized scooters, wheelchairs and strollers. The park currently still has the one-way trail sign up however if you have mobility restrictions you can go out the same way you came back in. Otherwise the trail leads you up the stairs behind the waterfall and down the side of the hill. That complete hike gives you such a variety of scenery! Tip: when you get to the top of the stairs there’s a sign that says it’s a 2 mile hike to Cedar Falls. We have actually taken this hike it’s 4 miles round-trip and well worth it. But if you’re not up for that big of a hike still take a left and walk just a little tiny bit and you’ll be able to see the water before it flows over into the waterfall area.
Written July 14, 2022
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ontheroadagain65
Garden City, MI1,054 contributions
Aug 2022
To me, Ash Cave was the prettiest place we hiked to in the area. Going in August, there wasn't much of a waterfall. I'd love to see it in the spring. The down side to it being the prettiest location, it was the most crowded location. I would suggest you go early in the day, or maybe later in the evening. We went around noon. It's a pretty easy hike. If you only have time for a few of the hikes in the area, make sure this is one of them.
Written August 25, 2022
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Mark H
Washington DC, DC366 contributions
Nov 2020
We were told about Ash Cave and made the drive from Chillicothe, a pleasant drive through farmland and rolling hills. On the short walk from parking, it was amazing to see the steep rock formations and tall trees. An impressive natural site, huge with a 90-foot roof.
Written November 5, 2020
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Rodex
Troy, OH165 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
This is a great hike, fairly accessable. Even strollers can get close to the cave. You then have to go back down the path to get back, but others can climb up a wooden stairwell to loop around.

I think this cave and waterfall is more impressive than old man's cave, and less crowded.

Like other parks in the area, the paths are set up to go one way during covid pandemic, but bring your mask for people who go the wrong way or in popular photo spots.
Written August 31, 2020
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Janeen
Goshen, IN29 contributions
Oct 2020
To avoid the fall crowds, we arrived just after it opened at 8 am. It was a lovely walk to the cave, and amazing to stand under such an enormous overhang, especially with hardly anyone else around. The staircase leading to the exit trail was very nice.
Written October 27, 2020
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carliclouds
Cleveland, OH262 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
This was a beautiful site. We walked the easy enough trail to the cave and enjoyed that space for some time. After climbing the stairs, we chose to go left and not right. Right would have lead us back to our parked cars. Left took us on a 2-2.5 hour hike over trees, under trees, across a street, on gravel, and eventually ending on pavement to some waterfall which had no water falling. It was disappointing to take on this adventure and be let down at the end. A ranger had to take an adult to fetch his car where we initially left them because we had no idea where the LEFT trail had taken us. There was no way we could’ve hiked back. Almost everyone we met coming in our direction had given up on finding out what was at the end of the trail we were one, but we pushed through. My advice would be to GO RIGHT at the top of the stairs. Drive to the other nearby sites. We surely got our 10,000+ steps in, but I can’t say I’d do it again in the same manner.
Written September 7, 2020
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Cynthia W
Freeland, MI751 contributions
May 2022
Great falls to take really young children or really old friends. It is mostly paved walkway to get to the large cave and the falls is at the end of the large cave. Usually not much water on the falls. The instructions want you to take the steps by the falls and walk back on a higher rocky ledge, we just walked back on the paved walkway. Little children like to play in the cave, the floor is all sand, and in front of the falls is a small pond that everyone likes to play in. Just a real nice falls for a family adventure. It only takes about 10 min. to walk to the falls from the parking area. There is a restroom out front in the parking area also.
Written June 14, 2022
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