Size: 98 Acres
Address: Washington Township, Scioto County, Ohio

There is much speculation as to how this area got its name, but the most accepted theory is that settlers believed the overlook looked like a bird with outstretched wings. During colonial America, Native Americans used this overlook to spot European Settlers coming through the area. Until (semi) recently, this beautiful park was located on private land. In 1993 Charles A. Brown donated this plot of land to the state with the vision of preserving it and protecting its beauty for future generations.

The environment of Raven Rock is quite fragile, and to control crowds the state asks that you obtain a permit before entering the park. It doesn’t take too long to apply and it’s free. You can apply for that permit here.

Raven Rock Nature Preserve

Raven Rock Trail
Length: Unknown
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Description: This is perhaps the only trail in Ohio that has an elevation gain similar to a Rocky Mountain trail. This isn’t a very well maintained trail, but it isn’t too difficult to follow. The trail will take you to the top of Raven Rock and give you incredible views from of the valley from 500 feet up.


No known overlook in Ohio is taller than the Raven Rock Overlook. This overlook towers 500 feet above the confluence of the Scioto and Ohio Rivers and gives you panoramic views of mountains to the south. In addition, this park also contains 3 natural arches, including Raven Rock Arch, which is over 10 feet long.