Rockbridge Hiking Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews

Rockbridge Hiking Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back 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.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
29 days ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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. Makes me want to slap them upside their empty heads.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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 :)

7 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

9 months ago

Great trails

10 months ago

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!

hiking
10 months ago

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

11 months ago

easy walking, really cool waterfall,

11 months ago

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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

hiking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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

Sunday, May 08, 2016

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

hiking
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!

hiking
Friday, December 18, 2015

Hardy hike over hill and dale takes you to an amazing barely known natural wonder. It's difficult to judge the scope of the rock bridge until you see it with your own eyes. This should be a part of any hocking tour weekend. Don't bring a pet.

hiking
Friday, August 21, 2015

In your overview you have listed that dogs are able to use the trail. This is not the case. Went on 08/16/15 and took our great dane for a quick hike and upon exiting the truck and walking to the trail head there is a sign that states no pets allowed. Very disapointed we could not take this hike and ended up going to Cantwell again.

Could only give one star as we did not get to take the trail with our dog.

Someone should update descriptions so others do not make the same mistake.

hiking
Sunday, September 16, 2012

Very rewarding / short hike that is good for kids. They will love the waterfall! Just go in late spring. There are lots of longer trails in Hocking Hills that are not posted on this site. The whole area is gorgeous and there is something for everyone. Highly recommend this as a camping or cabin-ing destination.

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