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“A Must See--- Old Man's Cave”

Hocking Hills State Park
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Logan
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Owner description: Specialty vacation rental cabins in Hocking Hills
Newnan, Georgia
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“A Must See--- Old Man's Cave”
Reviewed 10 April 2011

I was staying in Columbus and wanted a quick day trip outside of the city. I read about Hocking Hills and decided to go see Old Man's Cave. Glad I did. The hike into the cave is really easy, with well marked trails. You will see wonderful rock formations and a river. I was there after there had been much rain fall, so the river was spectacular. Take the Old Man's Cave trail if you don't have much time. If you have more time than I did, take as many trails as you can. You will love it.

Visited April 2011
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“You must stay at Old Man Cave Chalets when visiting Hocking HIlls, Ohio”
Reviewed 17 November 2010

For 11 years our group of 4 has been staying at different cabins owned by Old Man Cave Chalets, These cabins are top of the line, they all have hot tubs, state of the art appliances, most have wood burning fire places. The best part is the location, each one is in a secluded area so you feel like you have the whole woods to yourself.
If you ever have any type of problem, the owner will take care of it right away.
The cabins are cozy with lots of wood, fully equipped kitchens, nicely decorated. On our last trip this fall we stayed in one of the lodges, situated on top of a hill, nothing around but the woods, exceptionally nice. There are lots of different cabins to stay at in Hocking Hills, Old Man Cave Chalets are the best by far.

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Ohio
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“Best Free Outdoor Family Nature Activity in Ohio!!”
Reviewed 24 October 2010

Although we've visited Hocking Hills many times in the past 10 years, I'm still amazed by the beauty every time we go. This year we stayed in a cabin near the parks and took along my parents (one of which is physically challenged). Old Mans Cave is always our favorite! We've been there in the rain, snow, and sunshine and always enjoy the sights. It's not easily accessible to handicapped people, but there is a bridge to cross and one could look down at the gorge below from that vantage point. Our other favorites are Cedar Falls (which of course is much better after there's been rain in the area- this year it was dry), Ash Cave (which is accessible to handicapped) and Conkles Hollow (again accessible). We've been to Rock House before (I'm a little fearful of the steep drops and deep cave here) and also Cantwell Cliffs (which is really dangerous if you're not extremely careful). We always try to visit in October, which allows for the best viewing of the turning colored leaves of Fall. Check out the hocking hills web site for activities going on in the area too!

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Toledo, Ohio
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“Probably THE best place to spend 2-3 days of vacation in Ohio”
Reviewed 17 October 2010

Awesome natural formations. Probably in a rainy year, it looks even more spectacular. We could not really find any really dangerous areas IF you keep on the trails, bring adequate shoes and obey park rules. Naturally, if you start climbing the rocks at the Rock House, then you expose yourself to the risk of falling from the cliffs.

First things first: lodging. If you want to stay at a private cabin an spend over $200 a night, be my guest, there are many, some with good reviews, but make sure you book in advance if visiting in season. We chose a relatively cheap hotel (under$100/night), 20 miles from the caves. The drive is very pleasant. If you book in advance, you can find hotels with decent reviews even closer, in Logan.

The majority of attractions are caves with collapsed ceiling, canyons and waterfalls, all within 1/2-1 mile from the road.
The maps provided at hockinghills.com are not very helpful if it comes to connect the sites for a longer hike. The pictures provided also do not make justice to this wonderful place.

We travelled with a 14 month old and had no problems, given that I carried him 80% of the time on my shoulders. If you plan to bring a stroller, there are only 2 places where you can use it: Ash cave and Conkle's Hollow. The trails are between 1/2 and 6-7 miles long (the ones that connect sites, or the rim trails are the longer ones).

It took us 2 days to see Old Man's cave (nice, but way too many people!!), Ash cave, Cedar falls (not very impressive without the water flowing...), Conkle's hollow (the gorge trail becomes wheelchair inaccessible exactly where it starts to be reeeeealy interesting), Rock House (probably the most interesting one, is a real cave, a relatively straight tunnel running paralel to the trail; awsome for older kids), Cantwell Cliffs (breathtaking! what size! don't miss the fat woman squeeze).

Tips:
For the amateur photographer: the colors of fall are beautiful and the sights are awsome, but if you are planning to take (good) pictures, bring your DSLR and a tripod, it's dark at the bottom of the gorges.

Stop in Laurelville at the tourist info center, pick up a map and buy a peck of apples and some cider from Laurelville fruit Co. (Pike and Sheridan st.)

We will probably return next year, hopefully next time the waterfalls will actually have water running. Eli, turn on the faucet!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Cassady's Hill top Cabin's "The Trail"”
Reviewed 13 October 2010

My family and I rented this cabin for our first family vacation. The cabin is on 22 acres of land in Hocking Hills. The cabin is located on the Cassady's property and you drive past their house to get back to the cabins. You park your car on a gravel drive and then take a gravel path back through the woods to the cabin. The path has motion detector lights that come on if you are out after dark. The path takes you to a fire pit with wood and benches and then back to the cabin. The cabin is literally in the woods. The cabin is extremely nice and clean. It has two bedrooms that can sleep up to 8 people. One bedroom has two full beds and the other one has one full bed and bunk beds. Linens and towels are provided and they smell great! The bathroom is nice except that the shower head is very low and it has low water pressure. The cabin is equipped with dishes and pots and pans and it has a microwave and small coffee pot. There is a covered deck that overlooks the forest and it has a grill and a hot tub. The hot tub is very nice and you can sit there in the evening and listen to the deer in the woods. Old Man's Cave is a fun attraction and it just right down the road from the cabins. There is a trail right next to the cabin that you can hike. There is also a fishing pond but we did not go over there or use it. We were very impressed with this cabin and would come back again.

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