This Map Shows The Shortest Route To 7 Of Ohio’s Most Incredible Caves
When it comes to aboveground caves and colorful caverns, Ohio is full of several rock shelters to explore that will make you feel like Indian Jones himself. Since The Buckeye State is practically made for explorers, we wanted to map out the best route to some of the best caves in Ohio. From the popular caverns to the little-known caves, this trip features some of Ohio’s best caves that are guaranteed to bring out your adventurous side. The trip is designed in a loop, so simply start at the cave closest to you:
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The total trip takes about 5 hours of driving time. We recommend taking the trip over a weekend. Explore the Hocking Hills area caves in one day and explore the Ohio Caverns and Olentangy Indian Caverns on the other day. To view a Google Map of the trip in a operate tab or window, click here.
7. Whispering Cave (Hocking Hills State Park)
With massive sandstone cliffs, a new cave, a towering waterfall and a swinging bridge, the brand new Hemlock Bridge Trail to Whispering Cave at Hocking Hills State Park is an Ohio adventure you simply have to take this summer. The Hemlock Bridge Trail is a 1.5-mile trail that leads to Whispering Cave, a 300 ft.-wide cavern many past visitors have yet to explore. (The trail also features a 105-ft. waterfall, towering sandstone cliffs Hocking Hills explorers know and love and a swinging bridge that will bring out your sense of adventure.) The trailhead is located at the entrance of the former dining lodge parking lot, which you can park at during daylight hours. This spot is nestled away in Logan, OH 43138.
Have you explored any of the best caves in Ohio before? If so, please share your adventures with us in the comments! We’d also love to hear your thoughts on other incredible caves that you think would fit well with this road trip.
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Address: 24798 Big Pine Rd, Logan, OH 43138, USA
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Best Caves In Ohio
July 19, 2020
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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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