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Ash Cave

State Route 56
South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152-9756
Phone: 740-385-6842
Overview
In the southernmost reaches of Hocking Hills is Ash Cave - beyond doubt the most spectacular feature of the entire park. Ash Cave is the largest, most impressive recess cave in the state.

Hiking Trails: Rim Trail - 2 miles, Gorge Trail - 1/4 miles

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Pets Allowed: Yes

Waterfalls: Yes

Shelter House: 3

Picnic Tables: 20+

Restrooms: Yes

Swimming: No

Fishing: No

Location Map

Calendar of Events
Ash Cave Twilight Hike
Thu Jul 20

8:00 pm.

Join the naturalist at the Ash Cave parking lot for a nice twilight stroll to Ash Cave. Please remember once you hike in at night with the naturalist you must stay with the naturalist for the remainder of the hike. No pets please.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6165

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Historic Lantern Tour of Ash Cave
Thu Aug 10

8:30 pm.

The mystery of Ash Cave is special, as far back as the last Ice Age and beyond.

Join the naturalist in the parking lot area to explore Ash Cave by lantern light and learn about this special history first hand.

We supply the lights you supply the imagination.

No pets please at the lantern tour.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Creeking
Sat Aug 12

2:00 pm.

Take a closer look at the crawly critters that live in the creeks and streams around the Hocking Hills. Meet at the shelter house at Ash Cave. Please wear sturdy shoes and clothes you can get muddy. Flip flops are not recommended.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6561

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Creeking
Sun Aug 27

2:00 pm.

Take a closer look at the crawly critters that live in the creeks and streams around the Hocking Hills. Meet at the shelter house at Ash Cave. Please wear sturdy shoes and clothes you can get muddy. Flip flops are not recommended.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6561

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Ash Cave Twilight Hike
Wed Aug 30

8:00 pm.

Join the naturalist at the Ash Cave parking lot for a nice twilight stroll to Ash Cave. Please remember once you hike in at night with the naturalist you must stay with the naturalist for the remainder of the hike. No pets please.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6165

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Wildlife,
Hocking Halloween Campout
Fri Oct 27Sat Oct 28Sun Oct 29

Join with the Haunted Hocking HHIT team as they search for the unexplained at Ash Cave or try your hand at Pumpkin decorating.

Registered campers and cabin guests can enjoy a hayride, a family fun spooky movie, site judging, and trick or treat at Old Mans Cave campground. Regular camping cabin fees apply. Ever heard the ghostly woman's cry by Rose Lake at the Hocking Hills State Park campground. Or did you hear about the brakeman who was killed at Moonville Tunnel and who is still said to be swinging his lantern along the abandoned train tracks. What better way to savor the feeling of a good ghost story around the campfire than to jump right in and investigate it. Using an EMF detector to find out if that funny sound was a local bat or. . . maybe a ghost. Hocking Hills State Park Naturalist, Pat Quackenbush, local professional biologists, naturalists and ghost hunters, Haunted Hocking Investigation Team, take to the trails to try to demystify some of the local legends and ghost stories of the region. From owl calling to using night vision tools, visitors get a hands-on experience using authentic ghosts hunting equipment. And don't think for one minute everything has ever been explained on the hike. . . there have been more than a few things that are just simply left to mystery.

Cost: camping/cabin fees, free event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6842

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Frontier Trail Hike
Sun Nov 19

1-3 pm.

Learn and explore the history of the Ash Cave region with a walk back through time dramatized by costumed interpreters along the trail. Meet in the parking area.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film, Historical,
Christmas in Ash Cave
Sat Dec 9

5-7pm.

Step away from the hectic holiday season and come bundled for the weather to enjoy a candlelit stroll back to Ash Cave.

Once you arrive at the cave, warm up with refreshments by an open fire. Listen to or join with our carolers, have the kids visit with an old fashioned Santa or help to decorate our Christmas tree for wildlife.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6561

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Arts/Music/Film, Wildlife,
Website: www.hockinghills.com/ash_cave.html
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