Old Man’s Cave: The Story Behind the Name

Old Man's Cave Upper Falls

As a gal that likes to research, I looked up Old Man’s Cave on the internet to find out more about it before we headed to Hocking Hills. There are many fables, stories, and legends that surround the naming of the cave and I, a travel writer that wanted to know the truth behind the legend, was excited to have the pleasure of meeting Naturalist Pat from Hocking Hills State Park on a recent visit to the area. Just as we were heading down the trail to Old Man’s Cave, I stopped Pat to ask him about the area and the famous Ohio cave’s naming. His story was a fun one and even gave some insight as to how the Hocking Hills area came to be.

Not only did we learn the fascinating story about the “Old Man” Richard and his love of the cave, Pat told us about the cave’s layout and the real name for the park.

Thanks, Naturalist Pat, for taking time out of your busy day to chat with us!

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