Ansel's Cave Trail

Newbury, OH
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Lollipop

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Ansel’s Cave Trail is one of the longer trails at West Woods. Great for a carrier hike or stronger walkers. This hike starts just off of The West Woods parking lot next to the visitor center. Follow the signs to the Ansel’s Cave Trail.

Not far from the trail head the trail splits into two directions, one heads directly towards Ansel’s Cave on a wide manicured path. The other direction also reaches Ansel’s cave but is a longer, rougher trail.

There is a small wooden overlook near Ansel’s Cave, where you can view  Sharon Conglomerate. Not actually a cave, more of a very large overhang, it is still a really cool place! The area is famous for many rumors of historical events. You can read more about that here:

You are unable to venture into the cave area or climb the rocks and are requested to stay on the overlook and surrounding trails.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 100 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River and Shaded Hike

Trail Contributor

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Mom of 2 in central CT, I have been a part of HIB since 2015 when I joined the Worcester branch in MA when my first child was still under 1 yr old.  Currently a Branch Ambassador for the Hartford Branch. We enjoy getting out to our favorite weekly HIB spot with friends and going on family hikes on weekends to check out new places in the area.


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