Ash Cave – Hocking Hills Ohio

In the southernmost reaches of Hocking Hills is Ash Cave – beyond doubt the most spectacular feature of the entire park. Ash Cave is the largest, most impressive recess cave in the state. The horseshoe-shaped cave is massive; measuring 700 feet from end to end, 100 feet deep from the rear cave wall to its front edge with the rim rising 90 feet high. A small tributary of the East Fork of Queer Creek cascades over the rim into a small plunge pool below. The cave was formed like the others in this region; the middle layer of the Blackhand sandstone has been weathered or eroded while the more resistant upper and lower zones have remained intact.

We arrived at the cave just before sunset, there was a small trickle cascading over the rim, the sun was catching the water glistening as it came down. We were lucky to have the place pretty much to ourselves except for a few people. To give a sense of scale there is a person taking a photograph to the far right of the pond, standing in the cave.

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Ash Cave