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The Devil's Bathtub, Hocking Hills State Park by Sam Warner

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This is The Devil’s Bathtub, located in the Old Man’s Cave area of the Hocking Hills State Park. There is an inscription on a marker that reads:

“As the water works its way down through Old Man’s Cave Gorge, one of the first unusual areas that it encounters here at Devil’s Bathtub. This is an area in the sandstone that has been cemented together more tightly than the other nearby rock layers. Because of this constriction of the stream, it has forced the water to carve in the only direction it can, straight down. Over time the swirling action has carved out the “bathtub” shape in the rock.

Legend says the swirling drain goes all the way down to Hades itself. The reality is the tub is several feet deep and then comes out downstream under the bridge and on towards Old Man’s Cave.

The tub may look like a great place to take a bath; however, the tub can be very dangerous and climbing out is virtually impossible. Please remember that swimming or wading in the stream is dangerous, prohibited, and may cause damage to wildlife. Stay on the constructed trails while enjoying the scenery here at the park."

This image has been featured in the “Streams And Steam Crossings” group. Many thanks guys!!

Canon T1i
18-55 EF-S
ISO 100
10 Second Exposure
18mm Focal Length
Tiffen 1.2 ND Filter
Tiffen Enhancing Filter


hocking hills, state park devils bathtub, nature, stream, old mans cave, waterfall


  • Gary L   Suddath
    Gary L Suddathalmost 3 years ago

    wow stunning shot

  • Thanks Gary. We don’t have a lot of mountains in Ohio, but Hocking Hills really is one of Ohios’ gems.

    – Sam Warner

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 3 years ago

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature. It is much appreciated. :-)

    – Sam Warner

  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisalmost 3 years ago

    Hello Sam,

    With the Feature in Streams & Stream Crossings!
    Excellent work, a very well deserved feature!
    Warm Greetings, Jo ;)

  • Thank you very much for the kind comment and the fave Jokus!! I’m glad you enjoyed the image. I was shooting in the Hocking Hills region yesterday and hope to add some more pictures soon. Thanks again. :-)

    – Sam Warner

  • Yool
    Yoolalmost 3 years ago

    Big congratz on your wonderful feature in the Streams & Stream Crossings group Well done !!!!!!!!

  • Thank you for the comment and the fave Yool. I’m glad you enjoyed the image. :-)

    – Sam Warner

  • Tim Scullion
    Tim Scullionalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful—very unusual waterfall photo! (Where is Hocking Hills State Park?)

  • Thank you very much. The entire Old Man’s Cave trail is definitely worth a visit. Hocking Hills State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Logan Ohio (or roughly 55 miles south of Columbus Ohio).

    – Sam Warner

  • Gregoria  Gregoriou Crowe
    Gregoria Greg...over 2 years ago

    Wow… This is absolutely fantastic… The wonders of nature… Great shot… ;-)

  • Thank you very much! It is a very unique spot.

    – Sam Warner

  • julie08
    julie08over 2 years ago

    Stunning work :)

  • Thank you so much Julie. I’m pleased it brought you joy.

    – Sam Warner

  • Tim Devine
    Tim Devineabout 2 years ago

    Cool formation, there’s a place called Seven Tubs in PA which this reminds me of. Looks like a really neat place.

  • Thank you very much. I’d love to see photos of Seven Tubs. I’ll have to look it up. Thanks again.

    – Sam Warner

  • patcheah
    patcheahabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful spot! Interesting info. Delightful capture!

  • Thank you very much!!

    – Sam Warner

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