Natural Bridge Trail and Rock Shelter Trail Loop

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Rockbridge State Nature Preserve

Natural Bridge Trail and Rock Shelter Trail Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rockbridge, Ohio that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length2.7 miElevation gain544 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyFishingHikingNature tripsRunningCaveForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Come explore this peaceful preserve a short drive from Columbus! The route shown here includes both of the trails in the reserve, and visits the famous Natural Bridge. This awesome formation spans 100 feet long over a ravine. At the end of Dalton Road you'll find a small parking area. Park there, and then walk north for a half mile. From here, turn left onto the Natural Bridge Trail. Take in the wonders of the Natural Bridge and the Hocking River. Then continue east above the river to the Rock Shelter Trail. After completing this loop, return back to the parking are on the original connecting trail. No dogs allowed in the preserve.

There is an informational sign at the trailhead. There are no bathrooms.

Rockbridge State Nature Preserve http://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/rockbridge

Turn onto Dalton Road from Route 33, and go north for a half mile. The small parking area is on the left.

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M Lep
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Steep and beautiful!

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Alison Craig
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Beautiful trail! I love all of the tree root steps. Very quiet, all you can hear are the sounds of nature and yourself dying as you hike up the inclines. The shelter loop was a little muddy today, but I only slipped on my butt once, so not too bad.

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Joshua Peterson
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Rock bridge is amazing, the test is no to interesting but great hill repeat exercise.

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Joel Pankow
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Fun little trail. Take the first left to the end and come back after bridge if you want the easiest...

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AJ Miller
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Steep in spots and some areas of mud. Nice hike.

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Linda Platt
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Beautiful natural bridge. Bring hiking sticks and wear hiking shoes.

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Cameron Beauregard
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Great trail, well maintained

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Joe Paul
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Jocelyn Devine
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Very steep. Do not do the extra rock shelter loop. The bridge was cool!

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Leigha Schnell
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Jeff Freas
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Nice trail that’s easy to hike. I was advised best time to come is when the Rhododendron are in bloom. Check website calendar for best times to visit.

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Cathy Sutton
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Kimberly Meyer Peters
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Very pretty

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Scott Freese
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Very peaceful walk through the woods to a natural wonder of Ohio. It is an awesome sight to see this natural bridge in person. Close to hocking river , there was a fair amount of wildlife moving around to see. Slightly hilly but as most woods trails are. Nice place to spend an hour or two

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Rima Makhiawala
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Go left to the bridge and then additional trail as much as you wish. Decent elevation. Bridge is worth seeing.

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Laura Rosenthal
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Natural bridge is very cool but there’s not much opportunity to explore. The trail has some decent hills

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Mike Reynolds
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A nice little trail hidden just off of Route 33. Make sure you take the left at the first marker to correctly do the "loop".

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Carrie Brown
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Great hike! Beautiful woodland.

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Michael McWhorter
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Natural Bridge very cool, trail in and put meh...

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M Voorhees
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A little muddy but beautiful! Lots of people.

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Ann Marie Goff
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Edmond Dantes
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Great, low traffic trail. The natural bridge was beautiful in the winter with the waterfall of ice. Am looking forward to hiking it again during a different season.

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Travis Ward
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Great easy short trail! I went when is had snow on the trail, but the white snow made the views that much better. Would highly recommend for a quick hike!

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Erin Bubb
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Gorgeous scenery. Not very crowded this time of year. No snow, minimal ice on the trail yesterday. Saw 4 white-tailed young deer galloping through the woods. Just amazing. The natural bridge has frozen water dripping off, so cool. Definitely a moderate hike with the amount of elevation changes. Hiking pole/stick definitely recommended.

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Alyssa Ash
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It seems like it is just a hike next to farm land and then through the woods but when you get the the "natural bridge" it truly is beautiful!

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Deidre Arms
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Less populated, well marked trail with some nice elevation gain. Could be 1.75-2.75 miles depending on which trail you took. I believe in leave no trace while on the trails and it was a little disappointing seeing all the trees where people had carved into them.

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Heather Warren
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