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

Whispering Cave

The Geology of the Hocking Hills Region

 

ó Hocking Hills State Park & Forest ó

 
Whispering Cave Interpretive Panel image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 26, 2019
1. Whispering Cave Interpretive Panel
Inscription.  Here is where hikers can witness the power of water in the Hocking Hills. Looking out from within this cave with its very steep waits and loose boulders, the actual formation of a young sandstone gorge is taking place as the water slowly digs and widens in the tight rocky gap below. this slow relentless process can take millions of years to develop into a full sized rocky gorge.

This massive recess formed in the side of the Blackhand sandstone cliff wall is another example of the power of water in the Hocking Hills. Caves like this are not true caves. Instead, they are massive overhangs carved in the cliff walls through the power of water erosion digging out the bedrock. Like its nearby neighbors of Old Manís Cave or the massive Ash Cave, Whispering Cave and its 105 foot waterfall are great examples of how water can carve out the softer layers of the sandstone. As an added bonus feature, under the right moonlight, the quartz crystals in the exposed bedrock make the cliff walls appear to have twinkling lights.

This caveís depth and size also contributes to a cooling effect that has allowed several ice age era
Whispering Cave Interpretive Panel image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 26, 2019
2. Whispering Cave Interpretive Panel
Photographer is inside Whispering Cave looking out. The narrow gorge described on the panel starts down on the right.
species of plants to thrive in the deep gorge environment. Looking out from the cave, people can see what looks like a primitive forest with short needled Eastern hemlock and the waxy-looking leaves of the rhododendron bushes covering the slopes and creek bank below. This is the same natural beauty that inspired the local native tribes to use these recessed caves as temporary shelters. Evidence of the earliest people, dates back to the end of the last ice age in Ohio and continues right up through the historical tribes of the Shawnee, Delaware and Wyandot. The wild abundance of natural resources to farm, hunt and gather along with the milder climate made the gorges ideal locations for these early inhabitants to camp.
 
Erected by Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
 
Location. 39° 25.421′ N, 82° 33.131′ W. Marker is near Logan, Ohio, in Hocking County. Marker can be reached from Lodge Road one mile south of Ohio Route 665. Park at the lot for the former Hocking Hills State Park Lodge (it burned in 2016) and follow signs to the trail head. Then hike 1½ miles downhill to the cave. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20517 State Route 664, Logan OH 43138, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sphinx Head (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Manís Cave
Whispering Cave, Hocking Hills State Park, near Logan, Ohio image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 26, 2019
3. Whispering Cave, Hocking Hills State Park, near Logan, Ohio
In the center of the photograph the man in the red shirt is using a flashlight to read this interpretive panel.
(approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Old Manís Cave (approx. 0.8 miles away); Devilís Bathtub (approx. one mile away); Cedar Falls Bent Bridge (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cedar Falls (approx. 1Ĺ miles away); Ash Cave (approx. 1.8 miles away); Salt and Hunting Trails (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Logan.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 7, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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