Trail Description: The Trail begins at the parking lot for the Hocking Hills State Forest Rock Climbing and Rappelling Area. This is a gravel parking lot on Big Pine Road roughly a mile east of Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve. If you pass Route 374 after the turnoff for Conkle’s Hollow, you’re going in the wrong direction.  The trail will leave the northern end of the parking lot and will be marked with white blazes. This is a bridle trail, but hiking is permitted on the trail as well. This trail follows a small stream known as Long Hollow and the path can get rather muddy if you go after a recent rain. About a little under a mile in, things will get a little confusing. Up the hill to your right, there should be a very large rock outcropping; The cave is up there. Technically there is a trail that takes you up to the outcropping and to the cave but it is very poorly marked. You’ll want to head up this hill and turn to the right once your reach the base of the rock outcropping. Here trail markers will come back and after turning to your right you should be able to see Chapel Cave within a few minutes. If it’s springtime or it’s rained a lot recently, there should be a waterfall in the box canyon Chapel Cave is located in. Return the way you came in.


Chapel Cave Trail