Explore the most popular hiking trails near Rockbridge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

My first time to the park and easy to find coming from Columbus. Saw some hikers and trail runners in the parking lot. Various trails which can be combined to make for a longer hike. There are no water faucets in the park so you have to take all the water you need. I combined a few trails and ended up with 11 miles exploring the park. Great mix of single track trail and forest road. Enjoyed the rolling hills and only saw a few people. if you want a good trail run and some elevation I highly recommend this metro park. No idea if swimming in Clear Creek is allowed next to the parking lot. There is a private camp, Camp Wyandot, on the other side of the creek.

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.

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20 days ago

Pictures don't do it justice.

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29 days ago

We liked the narrow stairs through the rock down to the grotto. Up around the rim we found less people, which was nice. Very long drive for us to get there so not sure when we’ll go back.

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.

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

Neat hike, pretty easy. Cool water falls (3) Trails not marked well and needs better ways to get over streams with out getting wet.

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

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2 months ago

This place was again amazing as you can walk through areas that have been carved into the rock. The trail to and from the rock house was riddled with large boulders and natural sandstone steps that offered a little improvisational climbing. Trail length was around 1.5 miles.

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.

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

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4 months ago

Very nice.

Beautiful scenery and cedar pines!

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4 months ago

we hiked this trail on new year's eve in low single digit temperatures. there were icy, difficult spots but no special equipment needed... and very few other hikers which made it a favorite! beautiful caves, cliffs, and waterfalls.

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4 months ago

Me and my sons favorite of all! We pictured the Bible and how king David and his men hide in caves and how we would soooooo be down! Lol this park is such a awesome place to see!

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4 months ago

Rock House is an awesome stone feature. The hike is very short and easy. Do yourself a favor, and go when it’s cold, rainy, or early on a weekday, as it will be crowded in peak times. Hang out inside of the feature, and let your eyes adjust to see the layers of color in the stone.

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5 months ago

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

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

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

Awesome views. Big cave rooms nestled in the rock.

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7 months ago

Step rocky descents but really pleasant hike. About an hour should cover everything

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7 months ago

Please follow Park rules regarding restraining dogs. On the day we were there, as we began our hike, three people were carrying out a dog that had fallen to its death. Park rangers reported to us at least one dog a year dies from a fall in the Hocking Hills. In every instance the dog is not on a leash.
Difficult trail as old steps on steep trails were in bad shape. Missing waypoint signs at junctions. Dangerous cliff sides need to be navigated with care. Striking features in the park.

7 months ago

Pros: Really amazing rock feature, short easy hike to it. LOTS of cute and well behaved dogs along the way.
Cons: Oh. My. Goodness. Sooooo crowded. Almost standing room only inside the rocks structure, to the point that it ruined the experience. Would never go on a weekend again.

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7 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.

beautiful easy hike with a beautiful surprise at the end.

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"

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7 months ago

Not bad, mostly natural, a lot of stairs, still pretty easy, saw a lot of dogs, upper rim trail isn't marked very well but it is maintained and well traveled

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7 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.

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7 months ago

A fun short hike well worth checking out! I gave it four stars because it’s easy to get lost if you loop around you end up in a different parking lot. My son walked ahead (he’s 15) and ended up a mile down the road because of not being able to find where we started.

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7 months ago

Beautiful hike, very serene area. Worth the visit, was there on the weekend and it was very busy.

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