Rockbridge Hiking Trail

MODERATE 65 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.

3.1 miles
577 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly





nature trips

paddle sports






wild flowers


no dogs

16 days ago

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.

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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!

5 months ago

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

7 months ago

Very nice.

8 months ago

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

11 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.

11 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.

11 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.

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.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

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!

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I added a photo from when me and my kids went there and it was 2 below zero! I checked on demanding because like I said it was very cold, so cold that we had to catch our breath and we were taking it slow! My daughter Kaitlyn and my son Austin never complained the whole time even though it was a very extreme hike, but worth it. I took alot of nice photos that day. We even slipped and fell going down alot of times. LOL!!! But I would do it again, and I am sure they would also.

PS. We even went there the following year when it was 102 degrees, not counting the heat index!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Fairly easy trail that was a little harder this time of year due to mud and/or ice. Natural bridge made hike worthwhile.

1 day ago

15 days ago

Load More