Ohio River Bluffs Hiking Trails

Parking lot capacity: 3 cars
Open from Sunrise to Sunset
Sorry, no pets permitted. Please consider visiting Junction Earthworks or Fort Hill

 

 

Directions to Ohio River Bluffs Preserve

6200 Ohio River Scenic Byway, Manchester, OH 45144

 

Directions from Columbus to Ohio River Bluffs Preserve.

Your final destination of Ohio River Bluffs is approximately 105 miles from Outerbelt 270. To Begin: Get on the 270 Outerbelt around Columbus and head south toward the SR 23 Exit. Exit on SR 23 and go south. Follow Route 23 all the way past Circleville, past Chillicothe, and past Waverly, staying the entire distance on 23. Five miles south of Waverly turn right or WEST on the Appalachian Highway, Route 32. Follow 32 approximately 25 miles until it intersects with SR 41.  Turn left to take SR 41 south. Follow SR 41 for approximately 17 miles into West Union. Turn right onto E Main St. E Main St turns left and becomes State Rte 41 S/S Manchester St. Continue to follow SR 41 South for approximately 5 miles. This will intersect with OH-136 S. Turn left to take OH-136 S. In approximately 4 miles, OH-136 S dead-ends into US-52 just outside of Manchester, OH. Turn right on US-52. In just over 1.4 miles you will see Gilkison Hollow Road on your right. Please note: the road sign may say “Gilkerson Hollow Rd.” Don’t worry – you are in the right place!! Turn right on Gilkison Hollow Road and the parking lot will be on your right. It is the first gravel lot. We have not yet installed the trailhead sign or the kiosk signs, but both the gravel lot and kiosk should be visible from the road. The trail begins across the road from the parking lot. 

Directions from Cincinnati to Ohio River Bluffs Preserve.

Your final destination of Ohio River Bluffs is approximately 57 miles from Outerbelt 275. To Begin: Get on the 275 outerbelt around Cincinnati and go to to the Newtown area (southeast corner of the metropolis on 275, if 275 were a clock the exit would be at 5:00). Exit on Route 32, the Appalachian Highway. Follow 32 east approximately 36 miles to the OH-136 S/Main St exit. OH-136 S is just outside of Winchester. Turn right and follow OH-136 S  until it intersects with OH-136 S and SR 41 S. Follow this 1.5 miles until OH-136 S/SR41 S split. Turn left to stay on OH-136 S. This will then dead-end into US-52 just outside of Manchester, OH. Turn right on US-52. In just over 1.4 miles you will see Gilkison Hollow Road on your right. Please note: the road sign may say “Gilkerson Hollow Rd.” Don’t worry – you are in the right place!! Turn right on Gilkison Hollow Road and the parking lot will be on your right. It is the first gravel lot. We have not yet installed the trailhead sign or the kiosk signs, but both the gravel lot and kiosk should be visible from the road. The trail begins across the road from the parking lot.

Please note: if the parking lot is full, you may park along the road between US-52 and the parking lot. Please do not park further up the road past the parking lot as it would be harmful to the wildflowers and irritating to the neighbors. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding!