Cantwell Cliffs Loop

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Cantwell Cliffs Loop is a 1.8 mile loop trail located near Rockbridge, OH and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.8 miles 451 feet Loop

dog friendly

hiking

walking

Interesting cliffs and caves with unimproved trails. A trip around the rim of Cantwell Cliffs is one of the more difficult tours in the Hocking Hills parks. There are some sharp climbs and descents, washed out bridges, fallen trees blocking trails, and well worn steps. These restrictions make this hike one of the least visited areas. It turns out that if you take on the challenge, you'll get to experience a "No Waiting" tour of natural features in each of the other parks in the area. As you can see from the TOPO map, I took a side trip along part of the extension that goes along the ravine to the North. This can add another mile to your hike. I was with friends who weren't up for the extension, so I let them rest and ran about a quarter mile north and back. The extension had a washed out bridge and a few fallen trees when I was there. Be prepared for adventure.

hiking
3 months ago

Favorite hike in the hocking hills area

3 months ago

Absolutely loved it!!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trails. Very high breathtaking cliffs.

4 months ago

Nice hike. Not to strenuous. Week days are best due to it being less crowded. Scenery is great.

4 months ago

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5 months ago

Google map directions to site are accurate. Parking and restroom at trailhead. Take photo of trail map to use as you hike. Trails are obvious with various check points often with map stands. Loop and back is easy walk and pleasant. Then look for mid level trail to see cliff formations. If you take rim trail you will miss these worth seeing sites. Can be busy on weekends.

hiking
5 months ago

Gorgeous! This trail is amazing and has beautiful views that will take your breath away. Although the trails have some hazardous points, it is well worth it if you are up for the challenge.

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6 months ago

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8 months ago

1 year ago

Great trail, fun for the family. Very picturesque with the cliffs providing stunning scenery. Can be a little nervous at times with a curious 6 year old but most of the trail is very stable. Not too crowded.

hiking
1 year ago

1 year ago

out of all the trails at hocking Hills this one was our favorite. you really feel like you're in nature since most of the trail is on uneven paths, climbing over tree roots and rocks, and surrounded by green everywhere. it felt the most naturey and most challenging (but would not rate it hard...it's moderatly hard) fantastic trail!!

hiking
1 year ago

Great way to spend an hour or two. Have done this trail several times and is one of our favorites in the area. Quite a few steps and some climbing, dog friendly and not too crowded usually. The last set of stairs going up to the parking area is a bugger!

hiking
1 year ago

My friend and I took my 4 year old boy and 9 year old girl on this hike. We loved it. It's beautiful and not to long. I didn't hear any complaining from the peanut gallery. My GPS clocked us at about a 1.22 miles and 41 minutes. It was a very easy/moderate hike. Lots of stairs and a few narrow places but I would absolutely drive the hour and 10 minutes again to do this. Hope you all enjoy!

1 year ago

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2 years ago

Great trail. DON'T be intimidated by the first couple hundred yards of the trail. It's not as steep as it may seem! My advice would be to take the yellow loop. It makes you appreciate how the foliage and the plant life changes as you get further away from the sandstone. INSTEAD of taking the yellow trail back around, head up on the red marked trail to see another old-style log building and a few more sheer-drop rock faces that the exit of the yellow trial doesn't offer.

great hike. always beautiful. there are two paths. upper rim is 2.5 miles. the path down the middle is a half mile.

hiking
3 years ago

Beautiful!

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4 years ago

Very cool scenic views of the cliffs, especially during fall, but very crowded as it is not a long walk from a parking lot. If it was more remote to help weed out the RV full of little kids running around screaming it would be higher on my list.

hiking
4 years ago

Great trail. The cliffs are really amazing. If your in to taking pictures, bring another person because it's hard to show the height of the cliffs by yourself.