Located in the picturesque sandstone region of Southeastern Ohio, Hocking Hills State Park encompasses some of the most scenic areas in the entire state. Cascading waterfalls, breathtaking cliffs, deep recess caves and forestland as far as the eye can see are just a few distinctive features of the region. These distinct features is what make Hocking Hills such an amazing area for photography. I only had time to visit a couple of areas in Hocking Hills, Cedar Falls and the Old Man’s Cave area hiking trails. I plan on going back as often as possible and looking forward to seeing how the landscape changes with the changing seasons. To buy fine art prints or to just view all of the images in the Hocking Hills Gallery click here or click on the buy prints link above to view the Hocking Hills Gallery.
Cedar Falls is easy to visit. Its only about a 15-minute walk from the main parking area which is off of SR 374 and is well signed. From the parking area there is a trail that leads down into the gorge and back up to the falls. The trail forms a loop, leading back to the road a couple of hundred feet from the parking area. Cedar Falls itself is the greatest waterfall in terms of volume in the Hocking region. Queer Creek tumbles over the face of the Black hand sandstone displaying the awesome force of water power. The water slides down a massive chunk of sandstone, creating a rather unique looking waterfall. There is a large rocky beach like area at the base of the falls where you can relax and enjoy the view. I have heard the during the summer months that Cedar Falls can dry up at times but I was lucky enough to visit the falls after the area had gotten some heavy rainfall so the falls look that much more impressive.
Old Man’s Cave is approximately 1 mile long and takes about an hour to hike. Visitors can also access a trail near the A-frame bridge to head to Cedar Falls and Ash Cave. I couldn’t believe the amount of photo opportunities withing this 1 mile hike! You have the Devils Bathtub (see below), the upper falls, lower falls and some magnificent man made stone bridges and tunnels.
The Devil’s Bathtub is a unique tiered waterfall in Hocking Hills State Park. It is located in the Old Man’s Cave gorge, between the Upper Falls and Old Man’s Cave. The upper part of the falls drops into a deep, bowl-shaped basin, forming a whirlpool, before dropping again into the large pool below. Legend says that the basin descends down to the gates of Hell. In actuality, it’s only a few feet deep.