Cantwell Cliffs Loop is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Rockbridge, Ohio that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 291 feet Route Type: Loop

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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.

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bridge out
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scramble
1 month ago

Super fun! Good workout

hiking
1 month ago

The staircase was intense but a nice challenge. Overall the trail was fine. Nothing really stood out (aside from that wild staircase) but have to say in the snow it was like a winter-wonderland!

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blowdown
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3 months ago

Very nice trail.

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icy
muddy
3 months ago

Just perfect for a short winter hike. We turned around when it got icy.

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muddy
4 months ago

Beautiful cliffs. Icy waterfall made for a great hike on this blue sky day!

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4 months ago

Awesome trail! Nice short hike, but definitely challenging for the inexperienced. Took my husky and he loved it!

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4 months ago

Picture Old Man's Cave without the crowds, and you have Cantwell Cliffs. If the geology of the area and some challenge is what you are seeking then this trail is worth the extra drive.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail! Definitely a fun adventure if you like a little challenge. Stair cases that lead to nowhere, stairs that are falling apart, narrow passage ways. It’s an old trail that has not been kept up. Some might complain about it but we loved it!!

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washed out
6 months ago

such a fun trail with the right amount of challenge!

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7 months ago

Great trail with lots of cool cliffs and tough climbing in areas. The gorge trail was pretty easy but the cliffs were pretty tough. Not much flow on the waterfalls but they would be pretty impressive if they were flowing.

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7 months ago

Went during a rainy sprinkle with 2 pups and 3 people. It was beautiful at every turn! Stairs but I felt not too difficult depending on your fitness level! Do not miss! No waterfalls due to that being the first rain in 6 weeks

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washed out
8 months ago

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8 months ago

A great shorter hike that’s very challenging! We took the dog and he was able to do it along with us. Some parts are pretty rocky and steep, but the stairs. The stairs hurt so good. Awesome views though, which makes me highly recommend this one. We did it before our 3 hour drive home and it was the perfect 9am hike. Only saw a handful of people that early as well!

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9 months ago

Great rock formations, tight staircase.

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rocky
scramble
9 months ago

very nice views. It is what you make of it. climb what you can

hiking
9 months ago

Good work out. Did both the red and yellow loop. Yellow loop mostly all first, but gorgeous. Several creek crossings which were no big deal as it was mostly dried up, but if it wasn’t you would want hiking boots over tennis shoes. The caves was really cool. The steep stone stairs were slippery

Great trail but poorly labelled after you go down the narrow staircase. Way points are worn out so you can't tell which one you're at. anyway, make sure you turn right after narrow staircase and not straight.

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over grown
9 months ago

Just slightly overgrown in one or two places and I was a bit worried about poison ivy. Other than that, it was great!

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