North of Ironton and southeast of Pedro, the 46 mile Vesuvius Horse Trail system wind through lush forest near Lake Vesuvius. The Main Loop is a 31 mile route blazed with gray diamonds. The Kimble Loop is a 5 mile side loop. The Paddle Creek Loop is a 3 mile side loop.
To reach the trailhead from Ironton, proceed north on SR 93 for 9 miles to SR 29. Head east to Lake Vesuvius. There are two trailheads:
Sand Hill and Paddle Creek: Take State Route 93 north out of Ironton for approximately 7 miles. Turn right at the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area sign and travel approximately 3 miles on County Road 29 to the Sand Hill Trailhead. Township Road 245 dead ends at the Paddle Creek Trailhead.
Johns Creek: Take State Route 93 north out of Ironton for approximately 8 miles. Turn right at the Johns Creek Trailhead sign and travel approximately 5 miles on County Road 4 to the Johns Creek Trailhead.
Overall, Vesuvius Horse Trail is the 28th most popular horse trail of all 32 horseback rides in Ohio.