Hike to Irish Run Natural Bridge

Archer's Fork Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Dan Barr

Hidden deep in the hills of Southeastern Ohio lies a secret and tranquil destination that few are aware of: Irish Run Natural Bridge.

To begin, park next to the cemetery located on T-411 in Wayne National Forest. The trail begins on the north side of the cemetery and leads into the woods from there. In less than a 1/4 mile the trail forks into two separate trails, being both the beginning and terminus of the Archers Fork Loop Trail. Taking the trail to the right takes you on the more direct route to the natural bridge, and there are signs along the trail that will direct you that way.

Within the next 1/4 mile you will pass signs for what is referred to as "The Great Cave", which is easily accessible via a small spur trail to the bottom of a ravine, which reveals a small hollow carved into the sandstone (over which the main trail actually passes).

Beyond the Great Cave, the trail continues for another 1/4 mile to reach Irish Run Natural Bridge. Measuring 51 feet long and 39 feet high, it's one of the larger natural bridges in Ohio, and one of the more photogenic locations in the region.

If you wish to continue the loop, the trail continues for another 9 miles back to where you met the fork in the trail, making it a strenuous day hike, or a relatively relaxed two-day backpacking trip. Mountain biking is allowed on the trail, but a permit is required from Wayne National Forest Headquarters, and is only permitted from April 15th to December 15th each year. Hiking and backpacking requires no permit.

Distance

9.5 Miles RT

Type

Loop

Activities

Fitness, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Backpacking, Hiking

Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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