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Upper Falls-Old Mans Cave

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Upper Falls-Old Man's Cave - Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

Photos by Gregory Hamilton
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     Probably a favorite among the half Old Mans Cave Gorge - Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio dozen sections of Hocking Hills State Park, Old Man's Cave is tucked into a half mile gorge, chisled away by Old Man's Creek. Just like its northern neighbor at Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve, the runoff from melting glaciers carved numerous gorges through the Hocking Hills Black Hand Sandstone. The ancient Black Hand Formation, a conglomerate, makes up some of Ohio's most splendid scenery. Here in the Hocking County region, the scenic sandstone cliffs are found throughout the park sections of Old Man's Cave, Rock House, Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliff, Conkle's Hollow and Cedar Falls.
     This beautiful view captures the Upper Falls and one of the old stone bridges that crosses the creek just above Old Man's Cave. The old man, Richard Rowe, lived on the property, enjoying this beautiful setting every day during his stay in the 1800s. Today it's hard to imagine having this gorge all to yourself as thousands of visitors trek through the park every year. Old Mans Cave Tunnel - Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio A stone stairway and tunnel were carved and sculpted into the Blackhand Sandstone, creating cozy niches and enticing pathways leading to all three tiers of waterfalls.
     Here at the Upper Falls a six mile trail connects Old Man's Cave with Cedar Falls and Ash Cave, part of Ohio's Buckeye Trail. From the Lower Falls area, a two mile blue blazed trail continues on to Queer Creek and Cedar Falls, one of the more remote sections of the state park.

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