Hocking Hills State Park -
Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park - 16526 Ohio 374, Laurelville, OH 43135
GPS Tracking: 39.495240, -82.615252
There are six major hiking areas in Hocking Hills State Park - Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls and Cantwell Cliffs. Each of these park areas offers a unique experience for those who walk its paths no matter what season. According to local folklore, Rock House was used as a shelter for robbers, bootleggers and horse thieves. Now visitors can enjoy a winding forested trail that leads to the only truly cave-like feature in the park.
In the early 1900's, a hotel was once located near the shelter house at the entrance of Rock House. A 1/4 mile trail leads to an opening in a cliff face with gothic-like windows and awesome views. Look for small recesses in the back wall of Rock House that were used as baking ovens for Native Americans staying in the cave. Troughs in the floor were believed to be used to catch water.
All trails are open dawn to dusk all year long. Hikers must remain on designated trails.
The Rock House trail is about a 1/2 mile long and takes 30 to 45 minutes to traverse.
Visitors to the park can learn about the uniqueness with Naturalist-led hikes.
Rock House steps - Legends say bandits once hid in these caves.
The park is open from dawn to dusk. Hikers must stay on the trails.
The cave has long been known to house Native Indians and settlers alike.
There are cliffs at this cave. Children should be well-supervised.
The trail is rugged and primitive. Dogs must be kept on a leash.