Ash Cave Hiking Trail in Hocking Hills

The ADA accessible and family-friendly Ash Cave Hiking Trail in Hocking Hills State Park is hidden among the hills and gorges. This wonderful and beautiful trail is located right off Route 56 in  Logan, OH, within the Hocking Hills region.

Parking is ample and easy to find! You can find parking where the trailhead starts or across the street in a large parking lot. In the parking area across the street, you can find clean and decent pit bathrooms (by pit toilet standards) and a great picnic shelter with picnic tables scattered throughout.

Ash Cave 27291 State Route 56, South Bloomingville, OH 43152  | GPS Tracking: 39.395993,-82.545927

Things to Do at Ash Cave

The Gleason family loves to come to this picnic shelter for a cookout in the fireplace with hot dogs and s’mores before our hike. It is a family favorite, and we do it once a year! If you want to make fun memories as a family, this is something you should try.

Another great feature at Ash Cave is the trees. String up an Eno hammock and take a nap or read a book in the shady picnic area.

The trailhead is easy to find, and the whole path to Ash Cave is paved. The hike is a short 0.5 miles to the cave and waterfall. Key things to note are finding the Ash Cave sign and the information board; these are your visual markers to where the trail begins.

Ash Cave Hiking Trail

Trekking further into the Ash Cave area, you see high cliffs, flora and fauna, and green moss clinging onto the rocks and trees. As you come into the gorge, you are transported into the lush beauty of the trail. We could chat and share things with each other on this trail as we hiked along because it was so easy.

The cave begins where the paved area ends, so if you are in a wheelchair or using a stroller, you will need to stop there to admire the beauty. The trail at this point turns into a sandy path as you walk through the cave. Being inside this area is awe-inspiring; the sounds of water falling and the soft quiet of the cave cause you to pause and enjoy nature.

After you are finished enjoying the cave, you can take the paved path back to the trailhead, OR you can take a trail up through the Hemlocks back to the parking area. We have done both options, and if you are able, I highly encourage you to take the trail through the trees. It is dirt, has roots that can trip you up, and is moderately difficult. We enjoyed it; however, it is worth the work.

We highly recommend Ash Cave Hiking Trail in Hocking Hills and encourage you to add it to your itinerary. It is a short hike with a beauty that should not be missed. You can hike this area in an hour or less, so don’t miss this one.

We are so thankful that Hocking Hills State Park has made this area so accessible for families and those needing a wheelchair-accessible trail. Gleason Family Adventure applauds them for it!

General Information:

  • dog friendly
  • paved trail
  • handicap accessible
  • family-friendly
  • ample parking

Happy Adventures,


Ash Cave Hiking Trail is Gleason Family Approved

as Family Friendly

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