Most People Have No Idea This Enchanting Cave In Ohio Even Exists

Many people are familiar with popular caves in Ohio such as Old Man’s Cave and the Rock House―but few people know about “Chapel Cave” (also known as “21 Horses Cave”) hiding in the Hocking Hills. It’s a hidden gem in the Hocking State Forest that you won’t find on any park or nature preserve maps, but you can find the trailhead less than 5 minutes away from the Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve entrance in Rockbridge, Ohio.

Please note: The trail leading to the cave is a bridle trail, so riding horseback is recommended. The trail can be hiked on foot, but it’s fairly strenuous and muddy, as you cross multiple creek beds along the way. If you hike the trail without a horse, we recommend doing so after several days of no rain.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

The trailhead is located at 19275 State Route 374 Rockbridge, OH 43149. For horseback rentals in the area, click here.

Did you know about this little-known cave? Have you ever explored it for yourself? Share your thoughts, photos and experiences with us! And for more caves to explore in Ohio, check out our previous article, Going Into These 6 Caves In Ohio Is Like Entering Another World.