Legends & Mysteries

Local legends, myths, folklore and the supernatural surrounding the Hocking Hills:

The Legend of Old Man’s Cave: An old hermit named Richard Roe (the Old Man) visited and stayed often in the large overhang at Old Man’s Cave hunting and trapping with his mongrel dogs at the turn of the 19th century. Today Old Man’s Cave campers often tell of hearing the baying dogs clearly during full moons.

The Rock House Legend: A late 1800s hotel located where the Rock House shelter is now located found a patron, Mary, dead in her room, Mary continues to prowl the grounds around where the old hotel was located.

The Legends of Conkle’s Hollow: Early Indians from this region faced execution for looting wayfarers traveling through this region and concealing their ill-gotten gains in the ledges and caverns of this region. Modern day hunters of these loot caches have related stories of being followed by the ghosts of the deceased braves.

The Legend of Ash Cave: An unknown mystery woman dressed from the 1920’s era has been reported following numerous groups at Ash cave and falls, often gazing at them from behind the towering hemlocks and black birch in the hollow.  Another legend has it that two pioneer children were running from Indians and to escape being captured they jumped over the falls ledge to their deaths. They often can be heard screaming and can be seen at the bottom of the falls running and soaking wet.

The Legend of Gold Mine Hollow: An early trapper in this region was lost and tried to scale a tall rock outcrop to get his bearings. Legend has it he fell to his death and his bones were discovered years later. Now the occasional horseback rider following a trail near here have reported hearing him scream as he falls.

The Legend of Scott’s Creek: A newly married husband and wife in the late summer of 1887 were trying to cross Scott's Creek in their buckboard. The buckboard suddenly dropped into a deep creek hole that feeds underground springs and caverns and drowned in each other’s arms. Today visitors can hear the horses snorting furiously and the bride is often seen walking the banks in search of her husband.

The Legend of Rose Lake: When her son went lost in this area, the searching Mother slipped off a cliff and was killed. Now hikers and fisherman have related hearing her screaming out still trying to find her son.

The Legend of the Georgian Manner: past murders here and the shroud of secrets beset this house with apparitions, often seen walking the grounds of this renovated B&B.

The Legend of the Moonville Tunnel: An old railroad passed through the remote community here in Vinton County, its only remembrance is this tunnel engraved with “Moonville”. The story has it that a railroad conductor fell and was sliced in two by the train. He can still be seen wandering through the tunnel at night and many say they smell the kerosene of the lantern he holds aloft.