Taken to the extreme, you get small caves like these. Usually, there is more water here, making harder to get to this spot, but I took advantage of the drought to peek in. I found out that the two holes both open into a connected cave-let.
Now, why is it that the 20th century spray-painted graffiti here bothers me more than the 19th century carvings at Ash Cave? After all, it is part of the same human impulse to put your mark on a place, to say "I was here."
I think my favorite feature at Old Man's Cave isn't the cave, it is this curious spot, affectionately called The Devil's Bathtub.
Someone asked me earlier in a comments section if the water levels were always so low, or if this was the effect of the severe drought affecting southern Ohio. Actually, I think it is both. The streams run full and fast after spring rains, and again in late fall/early winter. Typically, there isn't a lot of water in late summer or early fall. I think that it is worse this year, though.
Thanks for hiking the Hocking Hills with me. I hope you enjoyed yourself. Need help to find your way out? Just follow this path.