Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, Rockbridge

4.9
#3 of 36 in Wildlife in Ohio
Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve is a deep, cool gorge, which is only 100 feet wide in places and is considered by some to be the deepest in Ohio.
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  • Paved trail leads most of the way along this short, but beautiful hike. I've been here a few times and I can say it was the most beautiful in the middle of winter. The water at the end was flowing, bu...  more »
  • Due to the weather we did it but just did the short hike. Very cool place. We liked the trail very good for hiking  more »
  • They have created additional parking out of a field- so get there early, because it is busy! The gorge trail is pretty short and easy, so a bit more crowded. The rim trial has some great overlooks, bu...  more »
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  • This trail was gorgeous. Just a short drive from Old Man's Cave, which is super crowded in nice weather. This was not overrun with big families and pets-- it was peaceful and fun. Some of the trail was challenging for a novice hiker, but doable and beautiful. Would recommend to anyone who makes a trip out to the area!
  • Beautiful place to hike. It is gorgeous. Plus there is a beginner trail and a more advanced one depending on your skill level.
  • My first hiking expedition in Ohio. Couldn't have asked for more. Awesome trails not for the faint of heart. The effort you put in on the trail is rewarded with breathtaking views.
  • Beautiful, peaceful area. There's a sign that says no pets there for some reason. I don't know why, but I did see people with pets and no one complained about it. I would assume if you clean up after them no one would honestly care. This area is easily accessible for the most part. A very short, flat walk to the end. At the very end you might need to cross over a stream depending on water levels. People have put rocks in the stream for you to cross over on but it might be helpful to have a stick for balance. Go all the way to the end and there is usually a little waterfall. It's just past where you cross the stream. Hard to see the waterfall unless you go across.
  • Caution! Ranger danger! The park is stunning and easily accessible. We took an evening hike, making sure to return to the parking lot by dusk. As we neared the trail's end, we were startled by a female park ranger standing in the shadows to intentionally scare us, "to make us realize how dangerous it is to be out late." Obviously we knew that, hence, our carefully timed return. but she proceeded to walk us out, telling us she had looked in our car to determine if we were "troublemakers," then got in her car and shone the headlights on us until we drove away. We are married older adults who had come out to see the moon rise and the first lightning bugs. Even though we tried to be engaging and friendly, her attitude was stern and demeaning the whole time, and her hiding to scare us and intimidating us with headlights was unprofessional. She showed no sense or ability to adapt once she discovered we were not a threat and did not even acknowledge we had come back in time on our own. She could have let us finish our walk to the car enjoying the last light but instead treated us like we were children. So where can we walk safely to see the stars here? Our cabin has no view. The only danger we encountered and the only threat to our enjoyment of nature at Conkle's Hollow was the overzealous, duty bound, obtuse, suspicious ranger--more interested in proving her authority than fostering a positive experience for park visitors.

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