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Grandma Gatewood Memorial Trail (Buckeye Trail)

 4.6 (31)

A series of gorge and rim trails with waterfalls and stunning rock formations, ranging from easy to challenging.

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Point to Point

1,080' 329 m


732' 223 m


440' 134 m


540' 165 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly There are some steep drops, so be mindful with small children.

Need to Know

When coming up the staircase at mile 2.76 (you exit onto a road loop with a pavilion in front of you and restrooms to your right), the trail continues directly uphill just to the left of the pavilion in the center of the road loop—there is one solitary blaze post in the middle of the picnic area, but otherwise no markings until hiking across the top part of the loop. It is easy to lose the trail here.


Along the Buckeye Trail at Hocking Hills Old Man's Cave State Park, choose from the easy Gorge Overlook Trail with views of the gorge, or opt for the steeper Grandma Gatewood Trail that allows you to explore the Devil's Bathtub and Upper Falls to the north and the stunning "Old Man's Cave" hermit's cave and Lower Falls to the south. The trail rises and falls steeply with the gorge terrain and comes alive with numerous waterfalls and weeping cliff faces after a good rain. The flora of the gorge, lush ferns, mosses, mushrooms and hemlocks, are remnants of an earlier time.

If you have time, from Old Man's Cave, continue southeast along the Buckeye Trail to another worthwhile destination, Cedar Falls, named for the misidentified hemlock trees which hang down over the rim. Going further south along the Buckeye Trail takes you to the massive amphitheater-shaped Ash Cave. It has a sandy floor and domed ceiling high overhead where waterfalls trickle or pour down from above. Nearby is a boulder field left behind by retreating glaciers. You can choose to hike the Gorge Trail or the Rim Trail. Take care with small children as there are no railings along the edge.

These distinct destinations, along with the Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs, and Conkle's Hollow, also in the Hocking Hills area, can all be reached by car and taken individually. The steep terrain of Grandma Gatewood, Cantwell Cliffs, and the Rock House trails are a good cardio workout. The easier hikes at Conkle's Hollow, Ash Cave, and Cedar Falls can accommodate most anyone.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers, butterflies, mushrooms, mosses, ferns, hemlocks and deciduous trees line the path.


Land Manager: Ohio State Parks

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Laura Priest

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  4.6 from 31 votes
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Kharma is standing on the stump. She loved the walk, except she was not allowed in the water.
May 22, 2019 near Logan, OH
Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills.
Oct 28, 2016 near Logan, OH
Ash Cave with waterfall after the rain. An easy hike in the Hocking Hills along the lovely Ash Cave Gorge Trail.
Oct 28, 2016 near McArthur, OH
Ash Cave Waterfall
Jun 3, 2018 near McArthur, OH
Wide Lens short from in Ash Cave
Jun 3, 2018 near McArthur, OH
Ash Cave. Always an awe inspiring site.
Nov 2, 2020 near McArthur, OH



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Mar 28, 2022
Sabrina Tavella-Burka
Mar 12, 2022
Amanda Kinzel
Hiked from Upper Falls to the beginning of the Hemlock Bridge Trail & back to the Old Man's Cave exit at Broken Rock Falls. 3.5mi — 2h 16m
Oct 12, 2021
Bruce Hope
Jul 20, 2021
Evan Schertz
cool small waterfalls 1mi — 1h 30m
May 7, 2021
Private User
Oct 12, 2020
Cheryl Dillin
Beautiful trail including Old Man's Cave and options for additional sights. Lots of traffic on the trails. Not all signs have correct mileage. 5.6mi
Mar 13, 2020
matt lokay
Nov 29, 2019
Kristen pearson