From easy trekking to challenging adventures, Ohio has it all
Ohio offers a diverse terrain for hikers seeking a challenging climb and scenic views. From the flat plains of central Ohio to the rolling hills in the south, Ohioans are sure to enjoy an exciting excursion along the many trails of the BuckeyeState.
To experience one of the most scenic views Ohio has to offer, visit Clifton Gorge in Yellow Springs. You may begin your hike at Clifton Mill, which is one of Ohio’s oldest working water mills. For a shorter one-mile hike, take the Rim Trail, which leads past the breathtaking views of the gorge and waterfalls. For a longer hike, continue the trail into JohnBryanState Park. Trails can be slippery at times, and proper footwear and attire is recommended. Pets are not allowed within Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve or JohnBryanState Park. Visit http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/tabid/882/default.aspx for more information.
If you thrive on adventure, Conkle’s Hollow in Hocking Hills is one of the most difficult hikes in Ohio. At just over 2.5 miles, the upper rim of the Conkle’s Hollow trail meanders around steep cliffs and overhangs. Your work is well-rewarded with views of waterfalls near the trail’s end. Children and pets are not permitted on the Conkle’s Hollow Upper Rim Trail because of safety concerns and an occasional bear sighting. Conkle’s Hollow is located in Rockbridge. Go to http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/location/dnap/conkles_hollow/tabid/884/Default.aspx for a detailed map.
Miami and Erie Towpath Canal Trail
If you’re looking for a smooth path appropriate for children of all ages, consider the Miami and Erie Towpath Canal Trail near Grand Rapids. The trail begins at ProvidencePark, located just outside Grand Rapids. The trail follows the Maumee River for eight miles and offers a wide range of water views. Plan your visit at http://www.metroparkstoledo.com/metro/parksandplaces/index.asp?page_id=517.
With 26 sections totaling almost 1,500 miles, the Buckeye Trail is the longest hiking trail in Ohio. It makes a continuous loop around the state and covers the hilly terrain of the southern parts of the state up to Lake Erie beaches. You can start anywhere on the trail for an afternoon hike or camp in approved campsites directly off the trail for longer hikes. A detailed map of the Buckeye Trail can be found at http://www.buckeyetrail.org, or by calling the Buckeye Trail Association at (740) 832-1282.
With eight short and easy hiking trails available, Quail Hollow is one of the most accessible parks in Ohio. The “Nature for All” trail offers more than 2,000 feet of paved trail for those requiring a smooth surface or wheelchair accessibility. Located in Hartville, Quail Hollow also offers a nature center and picnic shelters. Check out http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/quailhlw/tabid/783/Default.aspx for information.
Whether you want a short afternoon hike or a week-long excursion, there is an Ohio hiking trail for you.