Cantwell Cliffs

From Ohio History Central
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Remote and eye-catching, Cantwell Cliffs is known for its deep valleys, cliffs and and rock shelter. Courtesy of Jannette Quackenbush, 21 Crows/Heart of Hocking

Cantwell Cliffs is part of the Hocking Hills State Park near Logan, Ohio. It is one of Ohio's most popular natural history attractions.

Cantwell Cliffs consists of cliffs that overlook a gorge. Water, principally from Buck Run, slowly eroded away Black Hand Sandstone, creating the ravine. Sandstone is a very porous substance and much more susceptible to erosion than many other types of rocks. Cliffs, standing approximately 150 feet in height, surround three sides of the gorge. A waterfall from Buck Run also flows over a portion of the cliffs.

In 1924, the State of Ohio purchased 146 acres of land in the Hocking Hills. This purchase formally established Hocking Hills State Park. The State of Ohio eventually purchased additional land, including Cantwell Cliffs. First owned and operated by the Ohio Department of Forestry, in 1949, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Division of Parks assumed control of Hocking Hills State Park. Of the various parts of Hocking Hills State Park, Cantwell Cliffs is the least visited, but many people believe this area contains some of the park's most beautiful features.


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