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.
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The trailhead is located at 19275 State Route 374 Rockbridge, OH 43149. For horseback rentals in the area, click here.
April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.
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