Rockbridge State Nature Preserve

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The entirety of Southeastern Ohio has earned a reputation for being a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxing and scenic vacation. Hocking Hills, in particular, is noted for its diverse landscape, amazing hiking trails, beautiful caves and wonderful waterfalls that are only a small part of the appeal when it comes to booking a trip that’s sure to please the mind and rejuvenate the senses. While the natural beauty of Hocking Hills and the surrounding county exists to be enjoyed, it often takes a concentrated effort to make sure these gorgeous areas remain intact for years and generations to come. Rockbridge State Nature Preserve is a prime example of Hocking County’s dedication to making sure some of Hocking Hill’s most beautiful and beloved natural landmarks are around for the foreseeable future.

Nature’s Vast Work

Impressive in size and beauty, Rockbridge State Nature Preserve protects 202 acres of land in Hocking County including the portion that houses Rockbridge. This natural arch is one of 12 in the state of Ohio and claims dimensions of over 100 feet in length and up to 20 feet in width. Rockbridge spans 50 feet over a steep ravine and holds the distinguished title of being the largest of all 12 natural bridges in the state. These natural bridges have been noted to be more prevalent in areas where the landscape is dominated by sandstone as opposed to the limestone that is found throughout much of Ohio.

A History of the Natural Bridge

Experts believe that Rockbridge would have been formed millions of years in the past. At that time, the vast majority of what is now Ohio was covered by the sea. As rivers and lakes deposited sands and minerals into the area, Black Hand Sandstone began to form. As the sea began to recede over time, the Appalachian Mountains began to emerge and through the process of erosion, these natural bridges began to take shape as well.

Planning a Visit

When traveling to Rockbridge State Nature Preserve from Rockbridge village, head southeast for 1.7 miles on U.S. Route 33 before taking a left on Dalton Road. Eventually, take a slight turn north when signs for Rockbridge State Nature Preserve parking appear. The entrance to the preserve is clearly indicated and it’s an easy walk from the parking lot to other areas of the preserve.

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