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The Highlands Nature Sanctuary

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I am so glad to see this area is now a sanctuary to preserve it from further degradation, I was... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Sam K
Sabina, Ohio
Beautiful historic farmhouse for surprise 60th birthday family weekend!

All six of our sons flew into Cincinnati to surprise my husband for his 60th birthday. We drove to... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2018
Mary Ellen M
Cincinnati, Ohio
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OPEN SEASONALLY FROM APRIL - OCTOBER FROM 9 - 5. The Highlands Nature Sanctuary is the Arc of Appalachia's oldest and largest preserve. The heart of the 2,500-acre preserve is the breathtakingly beautiful Rocky Fork Gorge, a 100-foot high...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
7660 Cave Rd, Bainbridge Ross County, OH 45612-9501
+1 937-365-1935
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

I am so glad to see this area is now a sanctuary to preserve it from further degradation, I was probably six on my first visit and continued to visit the cottage we lived in and were owned by my Grandmother up until she deeded...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2018

All six of our sons flew into Cincinnati to surprise my husband for his 60th birthday. We drove to the Arc of Appalachia, which is only 1.5 hours away. The Ravenwood historic farmhouse was beautiful! Charmingly restored with lots of historical items in it. Sleeps...More

Thank Mary Ellen M
Kayla R, Front Office Manager at The Highlands Nature Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

Glad you had a great time! Hope you come back to stay with us in the future. What a wonderful gift to give to your husband!

Reviewed 13 June 2018

My husband and I had a great time, the trails were beautiful. I remember coming here on cave tours as a child, the caves are closed now. Highland Nature Sanctuary has restored the caves for bat habitat and helped to restore some of the ecosystem...More

Thank Tasha C
Reviewed 25 May 2018

If you are looking for a beautiful and peaceful place to go, the Highland Nature Sanctuary is a wonderful place to visit. Great trails through native vegetation and rock formations, lovely views, and quite surroundings.

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Was Blessed to have the Honor and Privilege to be a part of Tom Seay's ("Best of America by Horseback") USO CHRISTMAS SHOW, to honor America's Veterans and Military.(It Will Air on RFD TV December 14 & 21). The Paxton Theatre in Bainbridge, Ohio, where...More

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Reviewed 1 October 2017

This is a beautiful preserve with great trails, super friendly staff. It was a great experience. I did the 3 sisters and the valley of the ancients, early in the morning and had the whole trails to myself. The place is super clean and the...More

Thank wetfoot
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Very beautiful place to see but no places to eat. No restaurants or shopping nearby. No internet or TV. We got very tired of preparing meals and cleaning up and would have enjoyed something else to do. Definitely need internet and cable when you have...More

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Kayla R, Front Office Manager at The Highlands Nature Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

There are a few wonderful restaurants in the Bainbridge area which is only about 10 minutes away from the Sanctuary. The Mennonite stores also have a small restaurant and a bakery with pizza and deli sandwiches. Someone is usually always at the office from 9...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

Oh my...one of the most awesome hikes ever for beauty, mossy rocks, and not crowded with other humans. We only met one couple,passing us in two hours. Wear sturdy tennis shoes and be prepared for slippery rocks to climb over and watch your steps. Have...More

Thank Welshjean
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Highlands truly is off the beaten path as traffic and people disappear west of Chillicothe as you head toward Hillsboro. The turn to the sanctuary is on Cave Road, just west of Bainbridge, and is now marked with a brown scenic atrraction highway directional sign...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 12 September 2016

I use to come here and would be in The Magic Waters theater productions. There are tons of different trails to walk through. I would recommend this place for the people who like to walk on trails.

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