Rockbridge State Nature Preserve

During a recent rainy stay at our Rocky Ridge Cabin, my wife and I were able to find a few dry hours to get out for a short hike. We chose to visit the natural bridge at Rockbridge State Nature Preserve located near the village of—you guessed it—Rockbridge. The natural bridge found here is considered the largest in Ohio, measuring 100 feet long, 10 – 20 feet wide and 50 feet high. 2 3/4 miles of trails traverse the preserve’s 202-acre property but if you just hike the trail to the bridge and back the distance is only 1 1/2 miles or so.

The north side of the preserve has frontage on the Hocking River. Canoers will often stop and hike the short trail leading from the river to the bridge. While standing on the banks of the river you can hear zipliners swooshing down the cables at the adjacent Hocking Hills Canopy Tours.

For more info about the preserve follow this link: ODNR Rockbridge Nature Preserve Page

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Black Bear Hit near Hocking Hills

This bit of news caught my attention recently. A black bear was hit and killed by a car on US-33 just north of the Hocking Hills. Bears are exciting to see in the wild. We’ve seen a few on hikes and drives mostly out west but never in Ohio. The Buckeye State has only a small population of bears so it’s a shame to hear one was hit and killed. Here is the article as it appeared in a local newspaper: Black Bear Hit on US-33

Laurel Ridge Mountain Laurel

The large stand of mountain laurel at our Laurel Ridge Cabin property is in full bloom right now. Mountain laurel are found primarily above the cliffs that bisects this property because they thrive in dry, acidic soils. Blossoms start to appear beginning the last week of May and will last into early June. We tried to capture the essence of walking through this magnificent stand  in bloom but the video just doesn’t do it justice.