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 Museumis 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 if charge during posted open hours. Other hours, the complex is closed.
Donor Benefits: Annual supporters of the Arc of Appalachia Perserve system receive a Hiking Decal 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. Find out more
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.