Situated on a high outcropping of Black Hand sandstone, Cantwell Cliffs is in one of the most remote areas of Hocking Hills State Park, and offers hikers the best of two worlds. The high rim trails offer far-reaching vistas of breathtaking beauty, while the valley trail makes the visitor feel diminutive when walking at the base of the cliffs. Because of Cantwell Cliffs distance from the other state park trails, it is less visited often offering a more private view of its beauty.
Cantwell Cliffs features include deep valleys, steep cliffs, and a rock shelter similar to Ash Cave. The most well known feature of the trail is the "Fat Woman's Squeeze" near the entrance which can be seen in the interactive virtual tour of the trail above. Visitors to Cantwell Cliffs may notice a reddish-brown coloring in the cliff faces. These concretions occur when iron-oxide, the cementing agent, has been concentrated to a point of reddish-brown discoloration.