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Near Logan in Hocking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Old Manís Cave

 

ó Hocking Hills State Park & Forest ó

 
Old Manís Cave Tablet image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 25, 2019
1. Old Manís Cave Tablet
Inscription.  The recess of Old Manís Cave is the most famous feature in the park. It is located on a vertical cliff 75 feet above the stream and measures 250 feet long and 50 feet high. The spectacular recessed caves seen throughout the park are examples of water and wind carving out the softer middle layers of the blackhand sandstone. The sandstone itself is made up of layer upon layer of silt, sand and small pebbles compressed together into a loose rock. The extra minerals of iron oxide and silica cement the sandstone together and create a hard upper and lower rock structure. The water seeping through always picks the easiest way through the rock and carves out the softer middle layers leaving behind a “roof” and a “floor.” This process is called sapping.

Old Manís Cave derives its name from a hermit named Richard Rowe who lived in the recess cave of the gorge. His family moved to the Ohio River Valley around 1796 from the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee to establish a trading post. He and his two hounds traveled through Ohio along the Sioto River in search of game. On a side trip up Salt Creek, he found the Hocking Hills
This Tablet in Old Manís Cave image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 25, 2019
2. This Tablet in Old Manís Cave
Region. Richard and his hounds lived out the rest of their lives here in the cave.
 
Location. 39° 25.971′ N, 82° 32.574′ W. Marker is near Logan, Ohio, in Hocking County. Marker can be reached from Ohio Route 664 10 miles south of U.S. 33. It can be reached from the main visitors center for Hocking Hills Park where there is plenty of free parking. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Logan OH 43138, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Old Manís Cave (within shouting distance of this marker); Sphinx Head (within shouting distance of this marker); Devilís Bathtub (approx. ľ mile away); Whispering Cave (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cedar Falls Bent Bridge (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cedar Falls (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ash Cave (approx. 2.4 miles away); Salt and Hunting Trails (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Logan.
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Old Manís Cave and the Steps 75 Feet Down to the Stream image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 25, 2019
3. Old Manís Cave and the Steps 75 Feet Down to the Stream
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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