FROM LANCASTER,OHIO, A MY QUALITY TIME POST LINKING TO SKYWATCH FRIDAY, FRIDAYS FENCES, SCENIC SUNDAY, NF WATERS, WATER WORLD WED.
The natural arch or bridge known as Rockbridge is considered the largest natural bridge in the state.
Actually, Rockbridge State Nature Preserve is just a short drive from Columbus,Ohio and almost no drive from Lancaster,Ohio..Having spent most of my life in Lancaster I am almost ashamed to say this was my first visit to this nature preserve. Just about ready to pull into the parking lot.
The preserve features two loop trails, one of which passes the natural bridge, which is the largest in Ohio, and the other of which goes to a rock shelter. Today we will check out the Natural Bridge.
The preserve comprises 202 acres.The formations are set back from the banks of the Hocking River only a short distance.
Love that blue sky and white puffy clouds.(Is that a duck in the sky?)
There are 89 preserves in Ohio open to the public.
Some of the Ohio State Nature Preserves require an access permit.CLICK but not Rockbridge.
Rockbridge Natural Bridge originated millions of years ago, when Ohio lay under a warm inland sea.
Rockbridge is nearly 100 feet long and ranges from 6 to 20 feet wide—it also features a 50 foot seasonal waterfall cascading over a cliff behind the arch.
On the Hocking Valley Birding Trail Rockbridge is stop #20. Birds to look out for include Bluebirds, Cardinals, Wood Ducks, Wild Turkey, Red-tailed Hawks, Turkey Vultures, Yellowthroats, Indigo Buntings and, Pileated Woodpeckers. (A highlight of my hike.)
All I can say is WOW…. Time to head back.
Part of the trail can be strenuous but pace yourself and you will be fine. If you get too tired, there are benches strategically placed along the way for you to rest.(and I used them) Near the parking lot there is even a Trading Post (not open when I was there).Are you a Natural Born Hiker?
Thanks for stopping by..For more adventure:: FROM LANCASTER,OHIO, A MY QUALITY TIME POST LINKING TO SKYWATCH FRIDAY, FRIDAYS FENCES, SCENIC SUNDAY, NF WATERS, WATER WORLD WED.