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Rocky Fork Gorge by Jon Reed

The Rocky Fork Creek from the Etawah
Woods Trail. Photo courtesy of Jon Reed.


Highlands Nature Sanctuary
& the Appalachian Forest Museum

7660 Cave Road, Bainbridge, Ohio 45612

The Highlands Nature Sanctuary is 2,200-acre hiking and nature preserve in southern Ohio, located in the heart of the scenic Rocky Fork Gorge.

The Appalachian Forest Museum is the Arc's main visitor center showcasing eight fine-art murals depicting the world significance of Ohio's forest and America’s Eastern hardwood biome.

Three short but stunning hiking trails wind into the Rocky Fork Gorge and an old-growth forest, beginning from the Museum. Total trail length is approximately 1.25 miles. Click here to read more about the Arc's hiking opportunities.

Public Visiting Hours: April-October, Sat. & Sun. only, 9:30-5:00pm.

Admission: Free of charge during posted open hours. During other hours, the trails are closed to the general public.

Donor Benefits:  Annual supporters of the Arc of Appalachia Perserve system receive a car pass providing access to all fourteen miles of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary’s breathtakingly beautiful trails any day of the year, as well as free parking at Serpent Mound.


More Information

Nature Trails | Appalachian Forest Museum | Rocky Fork Gorge
Wilderness Hiking | Visiting FAQ | Photo Gallery

The Arc of Appalachia is a charitable non-profit.

Our operations and educational programs are supported entirely by donations and our programs - we do not receive state or federal funding. Please consider becoming a Friends of the Arc member by making a donation to the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System and help support our mission of forest preservation and education.

Read more about the important work of the Arc of Appalachia.

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