Located in Hocking Hills State Park in southeastern Ohio, Cedar Falls is one of my favorite waterfalls in the park. Since the park is only an hour and a half drive from home and a great place for photography, I tend to visit often. If you park at Old Man’s Cave gorge, you can hike through the half mile long gorge, which itself features 3 waterfalls (Upper, Middle and Lower Falls), and then hike about 2 miles from the lower end of the gorge to Cedar Falls. Old Man’s Cave gorge is a beautiful place so take your time as you hike. In addition to Upper, Middle and Lower falls there are several cascades and many other photographic “opportunities.” In winter, the gorge is a fantasy land of icicles and frozen waterfalls.
Just past Lower Falls at the lower end of the gorge, follow the well-marked trail along Old Man’s Creek for about a mile and Old Man’s Creek will merge with Queer Creek. At this point, the trail makes an abrupt turn to the east and enters a new valley laden with Hemlock trees bounded by steep rock walls with many grottos and waterfalls. See my previous post titled “A Hidden Gem” here to see one of those waterfalls. This area is a spectacularly beautiful place and well worth the time and effort to see and photograph it.
Cedar Falls itself is the greatest waterfall in the park in terms of volume. The falls were misnamed by the early settlers who mistook the Hemlock trees that surround the falls for Cedars.