Featured HIKING TRAILS
In the Wayne National Forest, the 10 mile Bluegass Trail follows many ridges in a loop around Dean Hollow through oak-hickory forest and scattered pine plantations. With sections along the Ohio River, this National Forest is situated on the Allegheny Plateau in southeastern Ohio.
In Adams County, the Buzzard Roost Rock Trail passes a Monolithic dolomite dome which has three 85 foot cliff sides located on the east side of Ohio Brush Creek. It is north of the wooded greenbriar ridge and part of 11,000 acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve, which operated by the Nature Conservancy and the Cincinatti Natural History Museum (513) 544-2880. There are red cedars and young hardwoods that line the trails.
Southeast of Cincinatti and southwest of Williamsburg, the East Fork State Park has a 85 miles of hiking trails. The 37 mile Steven Newman Perimeter Trail is open to hikers and horsemen. East Forks diverse landscape includes dry-forested hills, rocky cascades, abandoned farmlands, thickly grown floodplains, marshy grasslands and swamp forests.
North of Columbus near Delaware, the Alum Creek State Park has 38 miles of trails open to hiking. The terrain has plenty of hills, stumps, and steams. The trails wind along the lakeshore through mature beech-maple forests and across deep ravines.
The blue-blazed Buckeye Trail is a 1,200 mile hiking loop encircling the entire state. It combines hiking trails with towpaths, bridleways and roads. The Buckeye Trail is maintained by the Buckeye Trail Association.
While small, Kelleys Island has a surprisingly good trail system, along with scenic & quiet country roads with vistas of the lake. A great place to start is the East Quarry Trails with access off Monagan Road just north of the air field. This network of hiking trails loops the old, overgrown quarry area and runs through recent growth forest.
Within the 26,300 acre Zaleski State Forest is the Lake Hope State Park which has several hiking trails. It is a rugged, heavily forested region traversed by steep gorges and narrow ridges and has abandoned mines, ancient mounds and beautiful scenery.
South of Chillicothe and west of Waverly, the 11,900 acre Pike State Forest has 33 miles of trails open to hiking. The trails wind through the hollows and ridge tops, offering the visitor a challenging hike as well as some beautiful scentery and breathtaking views.
South of Columbus and north of Chillicothe, the 1,900 acre Great Seal State Park has 17 miles of trails. The 2.1 mile Sugarloaf Mountain Trail (yellow) climbs through dense maple-dominated forests to the crest of Sugarloaf. This loop is short and rises almost 500 feet in less than a quarter mile. The 7.8 mile Shawnee Ridge Trail (blue) comprises Bald Hill, Sand Hills and parts of Rocky Knob. Several steep sections are part of this forested trail.