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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 education destination in southern Ohio, located in the heart of the scenic Rocky Fork Gorge.

The main visitor center is the Appalachian Forest Museum, showcasing eight fine-art murals depicting the world significance of America’s Eastern hardwood forest, and three short but stunning nature trails into the Rocky Fork Gorge and an old-growth forest.

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

Admission: General public entrance is by voluntary donation during publicized hours only. Please sign in at the Appalachian Forest Museum and please do not visit during off hours without a pass.

Friends of the Arc Member Benefits:  Members may visit the 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 about Friends of the Arc membership.


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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