Old Man's Cave: Book a Cabin Now!In the Hocking Hills

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At Old Man's Cave - Hocking Hills State Park. Hike the one-way loop trails - Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, Old Man's Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, and Whispering Cave

Old Man's Cave

Old Man’s Cave or Retzler’s Cave - Stories began in the 1870s to 1880s centered around the body of a man and dog found in a cave near Cedar Grove, Ohio—presumed to be a trapper. By 1907, the legends had grown to include the name of the trapper as Retzler and the dog, Harper. The cave was dubbed Old Man’s Cave by travelers wishing to gaze upon the bones and flintlock rifle. In the 1960s, the name of Retzler was nearly forgotten and the fictitious legal name of Richard Roe was mistakenly given.

There are seven hiking trail areas at Hocking Hills State Park. Old Man's Cave would be considered, by some, the most popular trail.

Trail Guide and information-

Old Man's Cave

Hike the Gorge trail at Hocking Hills State Park.


Ash Cave

Take a peek at Ash Cave.

Cedar Falls

Find out more about Cedar Falls.

Conkle's Hollow

Take a hike at Conkle's Hollow Nature Preserve.

Cantwell Cliffs

Take the paths to see the cliffs at Cantwell Cliffs.

Rock House

See the closest thing to a true cave at Hocking Hills State Park.

Whispering Cave

Take a daytrip hike on Hemlock Trail  to Whispering Falls Cave.

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