Highlands Nature Sanctuary Trails

Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Bainbridge, Ohio 45612
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Coordinates: 39.2227869, -83.3630991
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Highlands Nature Sanctuary Trails
Etawah Woods Trail- 1.2 miles
Valley of the Ancients Trail – .5 mile
Ridge Trail – 3 miles – loop
Barrett’s Rim Trail – 2.5 miles – loop
Roundtop Loop – 1.75 miles
Cedar Run Trail – 2.5 miles – loop
Falls Trail – 1 mile – loop
Tuliptree Trail – .75 mile – loop
Arch Trail – .5 mile – loop
Kamelands Trail – 2 miles – loop, mostly level
Ashy Sunflower Trail – 1 mile – loop, mostly level
Ridgeview Farm’s Restoration Trail – 1.5 – loop
Listening Trail – .5 mile
Prothonotary Trail – .5 mile – loop
Maudes Cedar Narrows Trail – 1.5 miles

The Appalachian Forest Museum serves as the trailhead for two beautiful loop trails, also open free of charge to the public every day from April through October. Both of the trails wind into the Rocky Fork Gorge, offering splendid views of the geological scenery of the region. Visitors can gain access to all of the Sanctuary’s 16 miles of hiking trails by obtaining a one day hiking pass at the Appalachian Forest Museum or becoming an Arc of Appalachia member.

A description of hiking at Highlands Nature Sanctuary with photos and maps is on the TrekOhio website

About Highlands Nature Sanctuary
The Highlands Nature Sanctuary is 2200-acre hiking and nature education destination in southern Ohio, managed by the Arc of Appalachia in the heart of the scenic Rocky Fork Gorge, a 100-foot high steep-walled canyon renowned for its stunning rock formations, ancient white cedars, spectacular wildflower displays, grottos, springs, and stone arches.

The Appalachian Forest Museum. Open free to the public on weekends from April through October, the Appalachian Forest Museum features large artistic murals depicting the world significance of our backyard forests for those of us living anywhere in the Eastern third of the United States. The Museum strives to raise our appreciation for America’s Great Eastern Forest and the many ways our “home-sweet-biome” influences and inspires our lives.

Scenic Hiking Trails. The Appalachian Forest Museum serves as the trailhead for three beautiful loop trails, also open on weekends from April through October. Two of the trails wind into the Rocky Fork Gorge, offering splendid views of the geological scenery of the region, and a third trail leads into a towering old-growth beech forest.
From Highlands Nature Sanctuary webpage

Restrooms in the museum.