The Best Day Hike You Can Take With Your Dog In Ohio

Old Man’s Cave Trail
Hocking Hills State Park • Logan

The tribes of the Wyandot, Delaware and Shawnee knew this valley as “Hockhocking” for its bottle shape, created when glacial ice plugged the Hocking River. When the first settlers sought shelter in these recesses more than 7,000 years ago they found vegetation deep in the gorges that still harkened back to the last ice age - stately eastern hemlocks and Canadian yew and birches thriving in the moist, cool environment.

Hocking Hills State Park is a superb destination for any dog, but is especially delightful for the canine hiker who is a few hikes beyond those days of the 10-mile treks. There are six destination areas in the park - five for canine exploring: no dogs are permitted in the Conkles Hollow state na- ture preserve. Each has its own distinct pleasures accessed by short trails.

But if you can do only one - unluckySeaman - make it the hike to Old Man’sCave tucked into a heavily wooded,twisting ravine. The Old Man was Rich-ard Rowe who moved to Hocking Hills some time around 1796 and lived out his life in the massive rockhouse here, traveling with his two dogs in search of game. Rowe is buried beneath the ledge of the main recess cave. No word about the dogs.

An easy, one-mile trail works its way into and around the ancient gorge; wooden steps and bridges smooth the way. Seaman will marvel at the Devil’s Bathtub and enjoy a dip in Old Man’s Creek, especially in the pool beneath the Upper Falls.

HIKING TIME: 1-2 hours

(from the book 300 Day Hikes To Take With Your Dog Before He Tires You Out: Trails where you won’t be able to wipe the wag off your dog’s tail)


National Parks with Hiking

Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park

Hopewell Culture National Historic Park
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park

Links to National Forests With Hiking

Wayne National Forest

State Parks With Hiking

Ohio State Parks
Dogs are allowed on most trails and campgrounds in Ohio state parks. Expect to pay a pet fee of $1 in most parks.

A.W. Marion State Park 
Alum Creek State Park
Barkcamp State Park 
Beaver Creek State Park 
Blue Rock State Park 
Buck Creek State Park 
Burr Oak State Park
Caesar Creek State Park 
Cowan Lake State Park
Deer Creek State Park 
Delaware State Park 
Dillon State Park
East Fork State Park
East Harbor State Park 
Findley State Park 
Forked Run State Park 
Geneva State Park 
Guilford Lake State Park 
Harrison Lake State Park 
Hocking Hills State Park 
Hueston Woods State Park
Independence Dam State Park
Indian Lake State Park 
Jefferson Lake State Park 
John Bryan State Park 
Kiser Lake State Park 
Lake Alma State Park 
Lake Hope State Park 
Lake Logan State Park 
Lake Loramie State Park
Lake Milton State Park 
Little Miami State Park 
Madison Lake State Park 
Malabar Farm State Park 
Mary Jane Thurston State Park 
Maumee Bay State Park
Mohican State Park 
Mosquito Lake State Park
Mt. Gilead State Park 
Muskingum River Parkway State Park 
Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park
Paint Creek State Park
Pike Lake State Park 
Portage Lakes State Park 
Punderson State Park 
Pymatuning State Park
Quail Hollow State Park
Rocky Fork State Park 
Salt Fork State Park 
Scioto Trail State Park
Shawnee State Park 
Stonelick State Park
Strouds Run State Park 
Sycamore State Park 
Tar Hollow State Park 
Tinkers Creek State Park
Van Buren State Park 
West Branch State Park
Wolf Run State Park


Hiking With Your Dog In Ohio