Symonds Yat is a renowned beauty spot in the north of the Forest of Dean, where the River Wye enters a gorge. The river here meanders around a ridge of high ground, but the railway from Ross took a more direct route through a 433-yard tunnel just to the north of the station.
The station was a fairly modest affair, initially with two platforms, but no goods sidings were provided (there were some private sidings close by that could handle goods traffic if needed). It remained a passing place until March 1953, when it was decided to convert the up loop into a siding accessed from the Monmouth direction. This siding was then subsequently used for a camping coach. This facility would not remain for long as the station closed in 1959, and the site is currently used as a car park by a hotel.