Directions to the Appalachian Forest Museum

Address for GPS: 7660 Cave Road, Bainbridge, OH 45612

The Highlands Nature Sanctuary is located in Highland County in south central Ohio, approximately 25 miles west of Chillicothe, and 17 miles east of Hillsboro. It lies just off Highway 50, four miles west of Bainbridge, and four miles east of Rainsboro, on Cave Road. Cave Road is located immediately east of the bridge over the Rocky Fork Creek. Look for the brown highway sign for the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Turn south on Cave Road (there is only one way to turn) and follow for one mile until you reach the Appalachian Forest Museum, which you will see on your right. Parking is on the left hand side. Follow the signs up the hill to the parking area. If you have a large vehicle, or are coming from the south of Cave Road, you may park in the level, lower parking lot, which is less than 1/8 of a mile south of the Forest Museum. 


Directions from Columbus to the Appalachian Forest Museum

Take US 23 South from Columbus. Once you have reached Circleville, you will continue on US-23 South for 13.7 miles.  Just after you see Hernstein Hyundai on your right, and Chillicothe Fireworks on your left, use the left two lanes to exit toward OH-207. Use the right lane to take the OH-207 ramp. Turn right onto OH-207 North/State Route 207 N. In 2.2 miles, continue on OH-104 South for approximately 2 more miles. When you see Hopewell Culture National Historical park on your left, start slowing down and watch for Moundsville Road on your right. Turn right onto Moundsville road. In 0.6 miles, turn right on Pleasant Valley Road, which becomes Veterans Parkway. Take this until it dead-ends into US-50. Turn right onto US-50 West, which you will take for 19.5 miles. Cave Road will be on your left, approximately 7 miles outside the town of Bainbridge. Turn left on Cave Road, and take it 0.9 miles until you reach the Appalachian Forest Museum.

Directions from Cincinnati to the Appalachian Forest Museum

From the I-275 E outer loop, take exit 57 for OH-28 toward Blanchester/Milford. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto OH-28 E. After 1.3 miles, take the Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road South exit to merge onto Wolfpen Pleasant Hill Road. After 1.2 miles, turn left onto OH-131 East, and take that for 8.4 miles. Once you pass through the Village of Newtonsville, turn right on OH-131 E/Wright St for 6.7 miles. OH-131 will run into US-50 East. Turn left and continue on US-50 E for 33.9 miles. Cave Road is approximately 17 miles east of Hillsboro. Turn Right on Cave Road and take it 0.9 miles until you see the Appalachian Forest Museum on your left.