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. The cliffs above the gorge are about 200 feet tall. The valley floor is covered in multiple difference species of plants, such as ferns, hemlock, and other wildflowers. It is located within Hocking Hills State Park.
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  • This is a popular place for hiking. Even on a Tuesday afternoon in August, the large parking lot was over three-fourths full. Admission is free, and there are two trails here - the 0.5 mile Gorge... 
    This is a popular place for hiking. Even on a Tuesday afternoon in August, the large parking lot was over three-fourths full. Admission is free, and there are two trails here - the 0.5 mile Gorge...  more »
  • This is right near Hocking Hills State Park and we combined it with some hikes within the state park. On a fall Saturday afternoon, it was definitely busy. We did the lower trail, which was very easy....  more
    This is right near Hocking Hills State Park and we combined it with some hikes within the state park. On a fall Saturday afternoon, it was definitely busy. We did the lower trail, which was very easy....  more »
  • Lower trail is wheelchair accessible! Our son is in a wheelchair, but he loves going on outings into the woods. There are not very many places for us to take him. We stumbled across Conkles Hollow....  more
    Lower trail is wheelchair accessible! Our son is in a wheelchair, but he loves going on outings into the woods. There are not very many places for us to take him. We stumbled across Conkles Hollow....  more »
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  • I cannot express enough how worth it is to visit this park. Short, rewarding trail (don't stop at pavement) to land that genuinely looks prehistoric. Gorgeous ferns cover the landscape with a breathtaking view once you get past the pavement. Perfect to end your day or start your morning. The path is paved until its not, but it is still fairly flat. Highly recommend. Not crowded on a Sunday morning although seems it could get busier throughout the day which would hamper the experience in my opinion.
  • This place is so beautiful and definitely worth checking out! Easy hike, the path is well taken care of and the majority was stroller (or wheelchair) accessible but if you’re able to go down to the stream I recommend! We left the stroller and put the baby in the carrier to get down the rest of the way and it was still a pretty easy hike with beautiful scenery. There were picnic tables near the parking lot that we had our packed lunch at after our hike. Great place that we will visit again!
  • One of my favorite places. The gorge trail is an easy hike (mostly paved) and feels like you are going back in time into a primordial forest. The little cave at the end is really cool. The tim trail is a bit more difficult, although still not super long, but has some great views from high up. Remember this is a State Nature Preserve, and had different rules than a State Park. No pets past the parking lot. Open from sunrise to sunset.
  • This park was my favorite park during my Hocking Hills trip. Although it is not technically part of the Hocking Hills parks, it is absolutely worth visiting. There are two trails, about 3 miles out together, and the view on both trails are absolutely stunning. You can walk along a cliff and enjoy the view from above the trees, or walk in between the gorge and enjoy the scenery that looks like it’s straight out of a fairy wonderland.
  • So... this is freaking GORGEOUS! You have access to going under the waterfall, so many kids come in a swimsuit. The first part of the lower/ gorge path is paved, but only until a bridge. After that, it's like any other dirt trail. You ain't even see the falls from where it stops, so be prepared. The rim loop is nice and peaceful, but not as breathtaking as the lower/ gorge path. There is a water fall that you can see from the rim path that you can't see from the lower path. And the rim path has a LOT of mud (and spider webs crossing the path).

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