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Old 07-20-2010, 11:21 PM
 
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This attraction went private a few years ago. Web site is: http://www.highlandssanctuary.org/Caves/Caves.htm The caves have been de-wired of their charming electrocution devices (light bulb fixtures with exposed wiring used to be in every cave) and all access to caves is now by tour guide.

To anyone who has visited in the past few years, is it any good now as a place to visit in its new non-profit format?

My opinion is that the caves weren't particularly geologically interesting, being so small and shallow, and had already been spoiled with lots of fingerprints and breakage over the years, so it would have been appropriate to keep them as a self guided family attraction. To me it seems like it would be a lame place to visit now.

But I am just curious if anyone has an eyewitness account. Thanks.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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Isn't it astonishing that I've lived in Ohio my entire life and didn't realize it was so pretty there? Thanks for bringing this up...I may have to take a drive to go see it. Just wish it didn't cost so much to get in. (When you're unemployed, everything is suddenly expensive. )
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:54 AM
 
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Caution - go to Yahoo and check the reviews: Highlands Nature Sanctuary, Bainbridge, OH - Yahoo! Travel

The attraction used to be called 7 Caves and was a commercial park owned by a family, up through 2004 or 2005 when it was sold to this non profit conservancy group.

Today from those reviews it appears that you do not see any actual caves, and all walks are escorted.

I think desecrating cave formations is "wrong". However, with Seven Caves the damage was already done by thousands of people over the decades and IMO the place had far more value as a recreational spot than as a nature study area. It's never going to be a natural cave experience again in this civilization's time.

I think purists ran amok here and stripped away some real fun from the region. This used to be a wonderful early fall destination.
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:23 PM
 
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Caution - go to Yahoo and check the reviews: Highlands Nature Sanctuary, Bainbridge, OH - Yahoo! Travel

The attraction used to be called 7 Caves and was a commercial park owned by a family, up through 2004 or 2005 when it was sold to this non profit conservancy group.

Today from those reviews it appears that you do not see any actual caves, and all walks are escorted.

I think desecrating cave formations is "wrong". However, with Seven Caves the damage was already done by thousands of people over the decades and IMO the place had far more value as a recreational spot than as a nature study area. It's never going to be a natural cave experience again in this civilization's time.

I think purists ran amok here and stripped away some real fun from the region. This used to be a wonderful early fall destination.
Huh. What a shame. Seems like it would be a pretty area to see, with the gorge and all. I've been to Clifton Gorge in John Bryan SP....how does it compare to the gorge and trails at 7 Caves?
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:02 PM
 
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7 Caves was always less spectacular, still very scenic with very nice cliffs and rock formations. But the real benefit was that the nominal admission (used to be $6/head) gave you quiet trails and a lot of seclusion that you don't find at all at Clifton.
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Old 07-31-2010, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Blue Ash, Ohio (Cincinnati)
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Is this in the Hocking Hills?
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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Is this in the Hocking Hills?
No. It's between Hillsboro and Chillicothe, just south of Paint Creek SP west of Bainbridge. Do a map search for 7660 Cave Road, Bainbridge, OH.
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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Hocking Hills is the "must see" attraction in Ohio, however at this time of the year the creeks may be dry so there may not be any water coming down the falls. I got some really good pics after a hard rain.

The Hocking Hills Photo Thread
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Old 08-01-2010, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Blue Ash, Ohio (Cincinnati)
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No. It's between Hillsboro and Chillicothe, just south of Paint Creek SP west of Bainbridge. Do a map search for 7660 Cave Road, Bainbridge, OH.
Thank you, I have never heard of this place before.
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Old 08-01-2010, 05:21 PM
 
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Yeah, so many people only hear about the major attractions in a state, but there are so many lesser-known areas that make for great afternoon excursions. For instance, the ride to Clifton Gorge in John Bryan SP passes through Cedarville - and just before you get into that little town, there is a park on the left called Indian Mound Reserve, where there's a manmade waterfall that I thought was really cool. It's called Cedar Cliff Falls, and it looks exactly like a natural waterfall, but it's actually part of a dam. I never knew it existed until I happened to stop at that little park area and walk the trail. The gorge isn't as spectacular as Clifton Gorge, but it's a pleasant surprise you wouldn't expect to find in an otherwise flat area.
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