Does the park stay open all year?

Hocking Hills State Park and its hiking areas are open all year long, 365 days a year, and even all the holidays. It is open from dawn to dusk. The park does not stay open at night due to the dangerous cliffs. Vehicles must be out of the parking lots by dark. Visitors must remain on the designated trails.


Can I swim at Old Man's Cave

NO! There is NO swimming or wading in Hocking Hills State Park waterfalls, creeks, or natural bodies of water, except at the designated beach area at Lake Logan and Lake Hope State Park. Swimming in the natural waterways disrupts the wildlife and is dangerous because of the cliffs, and due to rocks and other matter falling with the water from the waterfalls.


Are Hocking Hills State Park and the hiking trails free?

Yes! All of Hocking Hills State Parks are free. But you must stay on the designated trail. There are no entrance fees for walking the trails or for parking. Naturalist-led hikes, programs, and special events are all free.


Are pets allowed at Hocking Hills State Parks? Can I hike with my dog?

Pets are allowed in the park areas, except the nature preserve, Conkle's Hollow. They must be on a 6-foot or less leash at all times and cannot swim in the creeks or waterways. There is a zero-tolerance policy for dogs exhibiting aggressive or potentially dangerous behavior. Please remember that most of the areas have cliffs, steep steps, and narrow passages not suitable for pets.


How did Old Man's Cave get its name?

Legends state that the recess cave of Old Man's Cave was named for a trapper by the name of Retzler who, along with his hound dog, lived and died within the cave. His body and that of his dog were found and reburied, but the exact spot is not known. It is believed the cave is haunted by the old man and his hound dog!


When is the best time for Fall Colors?

It depends upon the weather and other factors. Some of the best colors are usually from the second weekend of October through the fourth.


Are there wheelchair and stroller accessible trails?

Yes, Ash Cave is accessible by wheelchair/strollers as is Conkle's Hollow, lower trail.


Is there Camping at Old Man's Cave?

Yes, the campground at Old Man's Cave is the closest to park activities. You can tent or RV camp there. It is recommended to book ahead of time. They have camping sites, camper cabins to rent, campsites with electric and full hook-up. There is also non-electric, primitive, and group sites. You can get more detailed information like pricing, types of sites available, and book a site here:

It is second only to KOA about eight minutes away. You can reserve at KOA by clicking here.


Where can I buy groceries, picnic supplies, souvenirs, or snacks?

Grandma Fayes is located just up the street from the park. You can buy souvenirs, gifts, groceries, alcoholic beverages, pizza, and snacks. They have a wide variety of deli meats and ready-made sandwiches, along with picnic additives like baked beans, chicken salad, potato salad in their deli. They are quite affordable.