Explore the most popular trails in Rockbridge State Nature Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

16 days ago

Nike hike with varied terrain. Wear bug spray, mosquitos were BAD today.

The nice hike, but the rock bridge is underwhelming

This was a nice trail and I will definitely be back again if I have time.

Rockbridge was a short run down trail but the Rock formation was beautiful. Not as big as those at Old Mans Cave. Trash near the River put a damper on the nature.

Great little hike

Great trail! Checked out the “rock shelter” and that was just OK. Nothing exciting along the “rock shelter loop”.. I wouldn’t hike that portion again. The rock bridge is really cool and I love that this trail was not very crowded.

9 months ago

I enjoyed the trails. Very few fellow hikers. We saw 4 deer and plenty of squirrels. There are no facilities. However, Hocking Hills Winery is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. I thought the trails were solid 'moderate' so wear appropriate shoes and bring poles or walking sticks.

Great trail. We followed Kelly’s advice. Spent a prolonged period of time by the water fall contemplating life. The trail was much more populated near the rock bridge. A great way to spend the morning. Side note, we are staying at Boulder’s edge cabins directly across from this trail and LOVE them.

Enjoyed the scenery, glad we took the trekking poles. Various terrain, worth the hike.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

This trail provides one of the best payoffs in the Hocking region. Rockbridge is fantastic and might be the most impressive geological feature in the area and it is well worth the hike.

Monday, May 28, 2018

We stopped here on our way back to Columbus on a trip. There was good variety in terrain (if you are into that sort of thing) from grass to mud, roots, and rocks. Definitely one of the more rugged and steep trails we had done this weekend but the short distance kept it manageable. Great stop for me and my family! Everyone loved the view of the falls!

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Nice hike wear appreciate footwear, can be muddy. But still loved it.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Very nice.

Monday, December 18, 2017

This trail is a solid “moderate”, not easy. Noted some nice improvements to the entry.

Monday, October 16, 2017

We were surprised by the small parking lot packed with cars when we arrived. The day was beautiful. Trails are in good condition, though steep in areas. Since the start of trail is a grassy, level path you may be deceived regarding the ease of the hikes. If you have hiking poles or staff, bring them with you. I suggest continuing forward at your first junction. When you get to the next junction, a sign will indicate the 1 mile Rock Shelter Loop (more like a lollipop) to the right and the Rock Bridge to the left. If you are interested in seeing the whole park, go to the Rock Shelter first. You will reach the shelter cave in about 2/3 mile, viewed to the left. From here you can finish the lollipop as the loop lies ahead. Or you can return to the last junction and head to the Rock Bridge. As you look around, you should be able to spot the river below through the trees. As you get closer to the Rock Bridge, listen for the periodic burst of an odd metallic sound in the air. Maybe your hear an occasional scream. Can you place the cause of the noise? A zip line course is just outside the boundaries of the preserve. Once you reach the bridge, you can cross over to complete the hike. Continue down to view the caves first. You can even go to further down this trail to the rivers edge. Kayakers got out at our encouragement to view the bridge. Please honor the wishes of the preserve and do not cross the barrier to go into the cave as one group did. A preserve works hard to restore plant and animal life. Respecting the rules keeps things nice for all. When you are ready, climb back up to cross the bridge and continue this loop back up to the out and back from the parking lot. There's a single bench as you climb back up to the parking lot, if you are looking for a spot to catch your breath.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Absolutely gorgeous, well maintained, leaves are changing in the area, hiking in the rain was still pretty easy, I typically hike in sandals, but I saw 1 gentleman hiking barefoot (that's dedication folks), all natural trail, just simply loved it.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

I was appalled at the blatant disregard for park rules here. Dogs are NOT allowed at state nature preserves and there was an obvious sign posted saying so, but I saw many dogs on the trail. At the bridge, a stupid parent allowed their young son to enter the endangered area and throw rocks around and completely disregarded the conspicuous sign that forbade exit from the trail and that explicitly said it is ILLEGAL to leave the trail in order to restore sensitive plants in that particular habitat. Fucking morons. I’m see this disrespectful and ignorant behavior more and more at nature preserves and parks.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The waterfall seems to be based more on recent rain rather than a consistent flow, but all together the trail was dynamic yet relaxing, and the rockbridge is fantastic once you make it out there to it.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nice hike! The natural bridge was pretty cool and the trail was maintained well! Will definitely go again, hopefully after a rain so there is more of a waterfall :)

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Nothing too special on this hike - well the natural bridge was really cool, but the waterfall (when we saw it) was really just a trickle. It was easy for our younger school aged kiddos - but didn't feel overly unique from any other trails we could have gone down back home.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gps malfunction as you can see on my map posted below! lol The trail was a win though. Beautiful day. :)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Great trails

Monday, February 20, 2017

Rock Bridge is a very subtlety unique and secluded nature preserve. It's not as flashy as the other local parks but it makes up for it in lesser foot traffic and overall quietness. Definitely worth a quick stop. The connecting Rock Shelter Loop can be a pretty good workout!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Decent hike. less than 2 miles. Elevation makes it moderate.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

easy walking, really cool waterfall,

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Great view, better than expected. Kids made me nervous walking on the rock bridge. We loved it.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Trail was in great shape and the views were amazing. The bridge was fantastic. A must see.

Very very bummed to walk up and see a No Dogs allowed - please update. Wasted time.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Just finished this on a beautiful weekend morning. A little more strenuous than we thought it would be, but that could be just us being out of shape. Definitely worth the walk to see the natural bridge!

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