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:

The total trip to the best caves in Ohio takes about five 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. You can view a Google Map of the trip in a operate tab or window to plan out your trip ahead of time. Now, who’s ready for a subterranean adventure in the Buckeye State?

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.

For more nature-related Ohio road trips, check out our previous articles: The Ultimate Ohio Waterfalls Road Trip Is Right Here – And You’ll Want To Do It and This Natural Wonders Road Trip Will Show You Ohio Like You’ve Never Seen It Before.

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July 19, 2020

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