Conkle's Hollow Gorge Trail

EASY 88 reviews

Conkle's Hollow Gorge Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rockbridge, Ohio that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
82 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Beautiful trail overlooking a gorge. There is a 2.5 mile trail around the outside of the gorge. There is also a cement trail the goes out and back inside the gorge. The rim trail often traverses very close to the cliff edge. Parents should be careful with children

hiking
13 days ago

Easy trail but you definitely need to continue past the end of the paved trail. The gorge continues to narrow until it comes to a point ending with a waterfall. One of the coolest areas in the entire region.

hiking
22 days ago

We did the entire park. It’s not large, but the gorge is cool. Some high, sheer drop offs. Go here to avoid the crowds that Old Man’s cave has.

hiking
2 months ago

The Gorge trail was mostly paved but disappeared near the end for some awe inspiring views and another set of falls.

hiking
2 months ago

I can't understand why this isn't visited more. This is one of my favorite hike of all the trails in Hocking Hills (the rim is even better). The gorge is amazing with the massive cliff faces surrounding it. There are multiple caves along the trail as nice as Whispering Cave and even close to Old Man's Cave. For some reason, they paved the trail for most of the way. As soon as the pavement ends, the trail gets really good.

hiking
2 months ago

The outer loop is very neat with scenic spots along the way. Take your time and enjoy the easy trail.

3 months ago

Beautiful scenery and cedar pines!

4 months ago

Very easy short hike along a small stream into a beautiful ravine with high rock cliffs and a small waterfall.

hiking
6 months ago

Nothing to special for the length you have to hike. Suspension bridge was pretty cool but could have skipped this one if you are in a time crunch visiting Hocking Hills

7 months ago

beautiful easy hike with a beautiful surprise at the end.

hiking
7 months ago

Honestly surprised to see concrete sidewalk for 75% of this trail, would have thought Old Man's Cave would have been first for that, the only reason I gave it any stars is because of the white clay deposit down by the lower falls that you can wet down and smear on your hands to do a more natural "rock signing" with hand prints or initials instead of the "frowned upon carvings"

hiking
9 months ago

Cool space, very easy hike with great accessibility, which explained then numbers when I went. Would recommend to those in the area of the neighboring trails that are abundant there.

hiking
9 months ago

10 months ago

This was a great short walk. Very easy and a lot to see. I would totally do it again.

10 months ago

Nice, easy, scenic trail to start a day of hiking

10 months ago

It was a good walk.. I don't recommend kids on these paths to close to the edges. Made me nervous at some parts of the hike.

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

This an ecosystem that has survived several millennia since the last ice sheet retreated. It's unique to the midwest and supports trees, moss, lichen, and wildlife more common to Canada.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Once on the ridge, mostly flat hiking with enjoyable views. Just need to be cautious of ridge edge.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pretty good short hike.. weekend busy for sure but not out of control.

hiking
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

We got lucky and yesterday offered a light fog which made everything feel Majestic. This was by far our favorite hike. Short but amazing!

walking
Monday, January 02, 2017

Perfect January day for a walk on a beautiful trail!

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

the boys and I did this early spring 2016. Lots of ice formations along the cliffs but it was still very green, it had a magical feel the boys loved it despite the cold and wind.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Very nice, even in the winter.

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

One if my favorites.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Beautiful views. It was raining so we only did the lower gorge hike. Safe and handicap accessible walkway until very end where walkway ends and you navigate across small creek and some uneven terrain to reach waterfall. Truly a breathtaking area and worth the travel time. I want to return to do the upper gorge section soon.

hiking
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Great accessible trail in the gorge. A great, easy walk during a hot summer day, as it's cool and damp under all the hemlock trees.

hiking
Sunday, July 12, 2015

I felt like I was in a jungle while in the gorge. The rim trail was scenic. Like others has stated, it can be very dangerous for small children. This was my favorite hike at Hocking Hills despite Old Man cave trail being longer and Ash caves such a spectacle.

hiking
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

This was a fun hike. Very pretty. Great views. Not safe for small children. Deadly drop offs. Took me about 2.5 hours very casually to make it all the way through as there is multiple spots that you just want to sit and look at the views. Cell phone receptions in this area is poor. Hike safe

hiking
Saturday, December 20, 2014

The lower trail, within the hollow, is a scenic stroll without elevation change. Most of the trail is a sidewalk. Would probably be very nice after rain so the waterfalls would have lots of volume.

hiking
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Grew up in the area. This trail is a must-see for visitors to the HH's. 2.5 mile trail round trip that snakes its way around the hollow. A lot of times, especially on the eastern wall, the trail gets VERY close to the edge. Wouldn't recommend this trail for children or pets (pets prohibited anyways). While you're there, you might as well check out the lower trial also. The finish of it is a real treat as it finishes inside the hollow.

Pros:
-Simple trail; no need for markings
-Great updated literature that is posted and maintained by the State.
-less popular as it is about 15 miles from the very popular Old Mans Cave. In fact, if you're coming from Columbus, it can serve as a first stop. Less popular=less crowded.

Cons:
-When it has rained recently, this trail tends to get very muddy which leaves you the decision to trodge through it or find a way to sneak past, all while the edge of the cliff is waiting just a few feet away.
-Trail very close to cliff (I don't consider this a "con" but families/parents with small children may)
-Pets prohibited

hiking
Monday, September 08, 2014

We hiked the rim trail clockwise from the parking lot. It was the best hike of the day and I would love to go back and do it again sometime! Gorgeous views all around the trail.

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