Grandma Gatewood Trail—Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave

Logan, Ohio 43138

Grandma Gatewood Trail—Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave

Grandma Gatewood Trail—Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Begin walking the 5 miles from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave and it won’t take long to see why this is one of the state’s most popular trails. Descend into Old Man’s Creek Gorge and walk by rock features with such names as the Devil’s Bathtub and the Sphinx. Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area lies in the heart of the Hanging Rock iron furnace region, named for the outcroppings of ferriferous limestone mined to fuel the iron furnaces that, in turn, fueled the economy of this region between 1818 and 1916.

The Vesuvius Furnace (yes, named after the Italian volcano) was built in 1833 to smelt iron ore and was in use until 1906. At its peak the Vesuvius Furnace produced eight to twelve tons of iron each day. Iron munitions from these furnaces were critical to the Union effort during the Civil War. The Lake Vesuvius Lakeshore Trail begins and ends near the furnace."

Grandma Gatewood Trail—Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave Trip Reports

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11/3/2012
Has some nice views of the lake, especially in the winter, when the foliage is gone. The trail was hit very hard by the derecho of June 2012. There are a lot of downed trees. There's a trail from the dam parking that goes over to the Iron Ridge campground, and it had a lot of downed trees. The lake shore trail seems to get the maintenance focus.
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4/9/2011
We were trying to walk the backpack trail around the lake and got lost in the rain! Ended up with hyperthermia. Could not find markers to follow the trial. Beware!
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4/15/2010
This is a great trail in most spots, but is in desperate need of some repair and clean up work. Lots of fallen trees, erosion, and beaver dams that have created a need for alternate routes (we almost lost the trail once!). We spotted a couple of snakes and a lizard today so the reptiles are out in full force!
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Part of the trail is good and part of the trail is poorly planned. I probobly won't walk this entire trail again it needs some new bridges, tree work, and some improved signs. One spot i ended up on a horse trail and had to turn around. The part of the trail from the dam to the rock that is sticking out is probobly the best part of the trail.
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6/8/2008
This is an awsome trail it goes from easy to pretty hard terrains. You go through pine trees, through hill sides, rocky areas, passing caves and tons of wile life. deffinatly bring a snack some snake bite kits, and some sort of protection there was a pack of wile dogs around one bend. But over all great for some decent experienced hikers no kids i dont reccomend
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8/4/2007
I grew up in this area and spent a lot of time at Lake Vesuvius. The U.S. Forest Service says the trail is 8 miles (though I haven't been there for at least a year now) so I'm surprised to see it listed as only 7.4 miles here.

It's an excellent dayhike and even better for trail runners (I recommend having a running partner though). I ran it numerous times back when I was in high school as a cross country runner. Take a short detour about 2/5 of a mile out (from the spillway) up the side of the hill for some good views from the rocky overlook.
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1/26/2007
To answer the questions on the length of the trial, there are actually two different trial the Lakeshore trial and the Backpacking trial. The lakeshore trial is 8 miles and the backpacking trial is 16miles. A pdf map maybe be found here (http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/wayne/recreation_sites/trails/Vesuvius.pdf) it is complete with topo maps.

I found this trial very enjoyable and not so difficult although there were some moderate accents. The trial was fairly well marked through out much of it. It was cold when i went so much of the ground was frozen but the flowing water was not so getting water was pretty easy. The trial was beautiful and quit during the end of January, I would recommemd it to anyone especially if you are local.
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5/8/2006
I took a group of Girl Scouts on their first-ever overnight backpacking trip along the Lake Vesuvius Lakeshore Trail this past weekend. It's a great beginner trail: no climbs to speak of, scenic since it's beside the lake the whole way, and the girls took advantage of the beach for a swim. Trail is well-maintained and well-marked. Lots of wildflowers, quite a few day hikers, and some wildlife along the way.
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8/6/2005
About half of the hike is okay and the other half is just a marshy mess. I almost lost the trail on a few occasions. It's only relatively scenic and the swampy part is kind of creepy even in the middle of the day. The highlight for me was that I encountered several deer around the marshy parts but that was about it.
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Trail Information

Logan
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
10.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
About 5 to 7 hours
Duration
Spring through fall and in winter after a snowfall
Season
Hocking Hills State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Logan
Local Maps