Rock Bridge State Park is a beautiful easy to easy-to-moderate hiking trail to a natural bridgeway, located in the Hocking Hills area.
Visit Rock Bridge State Park
Rock Bridge State Park is located in Hocking County in the Hocking Hills area. Rockbridge is a natural bridge (or arch) that spans about 100 feet long and is 10-20 feet wide at parts. This natural bridge was created hundreds of thousands of years ago when Ohio was under a warm inland sea.
Trails at Rock Bridge State Nature Preserve
To get to this wonder of nature, you will access the trail from the parking lot. The trail starts with an easy connector trail from the parking lot. This is an easy trail, just less than a ½ mile. It is mostly a narrow piece of land without much shade. The connector trail is a gentle walk.
The trail walking to the bridge forms a 1 mile circle, called Natural Bridge Trail. When the trail splits there isn’t a better way to hike (right or left), so we’ll let you choose your own adventure when it comes to that. Don’t forget your walking sticks!
If you go to the left, you will find Rockbridge about ½ way through the loop. At that point, you can circle back the way you came or finish out the loop.
If you decide to go right (or straight) when the trail splits you will need to pay attention when the trail splits again to the right. When the trail splits a second time (to the right), that is Rockbridge Shelter Trail, which is a ¾ mile loop. If you want to extend your hike, you can add this in. If you want to see the bridge only, go left and stay off the shelter trail when it opens up to the right.
When you arrive at the bridge, please use extreme caution as this natural bridge does have drop-offs and does not have safety railings. Please follow all Rock Bridge State Nature Preserve rules and guidelines.
This trail is not stroller-friendly. There are steps and turns made of rock and trees. This trail has sunny spots but does have lots of shade once you are on the Natural Bridge Trail. This trail has been labeled between easy and moderate.
Rock Bridge State Nature Preserve Trail Map
Do not forget to print or save (to your mobile device) the trail map for Rock Bridge State Nature Preserve. This can help you as you are hiking the trail. It is a pretty simple and well-marked trail, but having the Rock Bridge State Nature Preserve trail map may put your mind at ease while hiking.
Overall, this was a great trail. We hiked it during the summer. The trail was not that busy during the week. Be sure to bring water and check the weather before you head out! As always use extreme caution when hiking or visiting the rock bridge
Important Rock Bridge State Park Information
- No restrooms
- No pets
- Easy to Moderate Hike
- Approximately 2.8 miles
- Flat, incline, decline, natural steps
- Not stroller friendly
- Narrow trails at times
Important Rockbridge Ohio Links:
- Rockbridge Ohio address
- Official Ohio Government Site for Rockbridge Ohio
- Rock Bridge State Nature Preserve Trail Map
- Hocking Hills Canoeing (River Trips)
- Read Trip Advisor Reviews of Rock Bridge State Nature Preserve
Be sure to double-check the address, weather, and rules of the location before you head out on your adventure. Always use extreme caution when hiking, stay on trails and don’t forget your hiking supplies and water! Read our other Hocking Hills Posts
Cindy’s Insider Ohio Tips
Rock Bridge is such a beautiful place to visit and the hike is not too difficult for kids over the age of 10. Younger children may find it testing. Please be aware that the bridge can be slippery in the wet weather, so be sure to wear good hiking shoes here.
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