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Looking for a laid-back, easy hike in Hocking Hills? What about one that is handicap accessible? Then, Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park is for you.
Take the quarter-mile walk to see this impressive 700-foot long rock ceiling Native Americans used as a shelter.
Directions to Ash Cave, Hocking Hills
Located in the most southern region of Hocking Hills State Park, the entrance to Ash Cave is on OH-56 in Logan, Ohio.
Park on both sides of the street with handicap accessible restrooms available at the entrance
Did you bring a snack? Enjoy it at the picnic tables scattered around the trail head.
Ash Cave Trails
Besides the paved trail leading to the cave, you can also hike the rim trail. The rim trail has a lot of steps, but, other than that, is a pretty easy hike.
We actually combined both of them into our hike. Take the paved trail to the recessed cave, then hike up the steps and return back via the rim trail.
This allows a one-way hiking route which now is standard in the Hocking Hills State Park System.
However, those needing to stay on the asphalt trail are also allowed to return that way.
The paved trail leads you to the sandy bottom of Ash Cave – a 700-foot long recessed cave approximately 100-feet tall.
History has it there was several feet of ash under this cave most likely from burning fires used to keep warm under the cave’s protective ceiling.
Take notice the waterfall spilling down the side of the cave. There’s definitely less water in the summer, but still a fun place for kids to play when the weather is hot.
Typically, you will see quite a few families sit for a picnic under the cave where it’s shielded from the sun.
Look closely at the below picture and you’ll see the steps in the background that lead you to the rim trail return to the parking area.
Ash Cave FAQ’s
Are dogs allowed on the Ash Cave trail?
Yes! Within the Hocking Hills State Parks, dog on a leash are allowed.
Is Ash Cave handicap accessible?
Yes – there is an asphalt path from the parking lot to the cave. You can also return on this path.
Can you swim at Ash Cave?
Swimming is not allowed in any of the streams within Hocking Hills State Park.
How long is the hike to Ash Cave?
There are two trails to Ash Cave. The first is a quarter mile asphalt trail. A second trail, skirting the rim of the cave, is a half-mile long and is more rugged with quite a few steps.
About Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills State Park is located in the southeastern part of Ohio in the city of Logan.
Twenty-five miles of hiking trails await you with varying degrees of difficulty. You are sure to find something for everyone.
Check out the other trails within Hocking Hills:
Two state nature preserves are also within Hocking Hills. Please note, dogs are not permitted in these areas:
- Rockbridge State Nature Preserve
- Conkle’s Hollow Nature Preserve
Where to stay in Hocking Hills
To be honest, you need to book quite a way in advance when staying in Hocking Hills.
I learned this the hard way! I looked for a cabin to rent for a specific weekend in October and, by August, there was nothing available. Nothing.
Yes, I realize October is prime leaf turning season, but I didn’t think there would be no availability!
The first time we visited Hocking Hills, we stayed in the beautiful 2-bedroom Sandstone Oasis cabin by Carefree Cabins. I loved it and would definitely return.
Since then, I’ve been checking VRBO for cabin rentals as I’m hoping to go back in the spring.
Have you visited Hocking Hills? What’s been your favorite hike? I’ve only done half of them so far and looking forward to hiking them all!
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