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Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, Rockbridge

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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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  • Such a great hike with beautiful views! Easy enough for beginners. There was a group of 5 of us. Water level low during summer.  more »
  • We visited Hocking Hills to hike Old Man's Cave with family. Our relatives reserved a cabin for us and we stayed a few days. My husband happened to notice Conkles Hollow was just a few miles down the ...  more »
  • I grew up hiking in the Hocking Hills, but left in the early 1970s. Much to my surprise, in 1977, Conkle's Hollow was made into a nature preserve, and it has a nice ADA path thru most of it. Of all th...  more »
  • 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.
  • SO GORGEOUS. What an amazing hike. I am sure to come back again. I will not say too much so that I don't give any of it away, but gosh dang it was an amazing and beautiful time.
  • 1 mile round trip via the gorge trail. Another must see destination in Hocking Hills. Great for families and majority of the trail is paved.
  • Amazingly beautiful place to take a nice, easy hike! Great for families and people with mobility issues, as roughly %90 is paved.