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Hiking Ohio is your complete guide to 83 of the most scenic day hikes in the Buckeye State. From the shores of Lake Erie to the Ohio River, this handy guide will lead you to the best trails. In this one-of-a-kind resource, you’ll find the following features:

• Detailed descriptions, complete with GPS coordinates for every hike in every region

• Special points of interest; descriptions of the topography, flora, fauna, and climate; estimated hiking time and distance; and difficulty ratings for each trail

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Hiking Ohio is your complete guide to 83 of the most scenic day hikes in the Buckeye State. From the shores of Lake Erie to the Ohio River, this handy guide will lead you to the best trails. In this one-of-a-kind resource, you’ll find the following features:

• Detailed descriptions, complete with GPS coordinates for every hike in every region

• Special points of interest; descriptions of the topography, flora, fauna, and climate; estimated hiking time and distance; and difficulty ratings for each trail

• Phone numbers and websites, park hours and rules, and available facilities for 65 of the state’s most scenic hiking areas

• Easy-to-read maps for every park and trail to help you navigate your hike and locate landmarks and other points of interest

• A convenient trail finder that provides a summary of each trail’s features and available facilities

Hiking Ohio brings to life the history, terrain, flora, and fauna of each area. And the descriptions of nearby recreational and sightseeing destinations ensure you won’t miss anything on your trip. Hiking Ohio is your guide to enjoying the great outdoors!

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What People Are Saying

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“Not only is Hiking Ohio a perfect guide for Ohio hikers, but history buffs, too, will enjoy Williams’ extensive knowledge of Ohio’s history and Buckeye State lore they’ll find strolling through the book.”

Steve Stephens-- Columbus Dispatch newspaper – Travel Writer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781450412537
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 572,684
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary S. Williams is a lifelong Ohioan and hiker. Since 1987, he has been actively involved with the Buckeye Trail Association, an all-volunteer group that builds, maintains, and promotes a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around Ohio. In the association, he has been on the board of trustees, a columnist and editor of the organization's Trailblazer newsletter, the head of publicity, a member of the trail building crew, and a section supervisor for a 50-mile section of the Buckeye Trail.

Williams has a bachelor's degree from Marietta College, a master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, and 25 years of experience as a librarian. As a freelance writer, he has written many articles on Ohio's natural heritage and has self-published four books on early Ohio history: The Forts of Ohio: A Guide to Military Stockades; Spies, Scoundrels, and Rogues of the Ohio Frontier; Historic Tours of Ohio; and Gliding to a Better Place: Profiles From Ohio’s Territorial Era.

In addition to hiking, Williams enjoys canoeing and cross-country skiing. He resides in Wintersville, Ohio.

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Table of Contents



Beaver Creek State Park

Cleveland Metroparks

•Hinckley Reservation—Whipps Ledges and Hinckley Lake

•Bedford Reservation—Tinker’s Creek Gorge/Buckeye Trail

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

•Three Waterfalls Hike

•Towpath and Deep Lock Quarry Trails

•Ledges Trail

Towpath Trail, Botzum to Ira and Back

Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve

•Clubmoss Trail

Fernwood State Forest

•Fernwood State Forest

Findley State Park

•Findley State Park

Jefferson Lake State Park

•Oak Grove Trail

Lake County Metroparks—Chapin Forest

•Chapin Forest, Buckeye Trail

Malabar Farm State Park

•Bridle and Ski Trails

Mohican State Park

•Lyons Falls and Pleasant Hill Trails

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

•Tappan Lake, Buckeye Trail

Norma Johnson Center

•Preservation and Conservation Loops

Ohio and Erie Canal Corridor

•Buckeye Trail, Zoar to Bolivar

Quail Hollow State Park

•Quail Hollow

•Beaver Lodge Trail

Stark County Park District

•Ohio and Erie Canal Corridor, Warrington Road to Craig Pittman Park

•Walborn Reservoir, Shoreline Trail

West Branch State Park

•West Branch State Park, Buckeye Trail



Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

•Blackhand and Quarry Rim Trails

Boord State Nature Preserve

Broughton Preserve

•Southwest Overlook, Western Ridge and Valley Trails

Burr Oak State Park

•Buckeye, Loop, Tanager, and Chipmunk Trails

Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve

•Rim and Gorge Trails

Dysart Woods Outdoor Laboratory

•Dysart Woods Red and Blue Trails

Flint Ridge State Memorial

•Quarry and Creek Trails

Hocking Hills State Park

•Grandma Gatewood and Rim Trails

Ash Cave to Cedar Falls

•Rock House

•Cantwell Cliffs

Hocking State Forest

•Hocking State Forest, Buckeye Trail

Lake Hope State Park

•Lake Hope Peninsula Trail

•Olds Hollow

Lake Katherine State Nature Preserve

•Pine Ridge\Calico Bush Trail

•Salt Creek Trail

Rockbridge State Nature Preserve

•Rockbridge State Nature Preserve, Natural Bridge Trail

Salt Fork State Park

•North Country Trail and Buckeye Trail

•Kennedy Stone House Trail

Wayne National Forest—Marietta Unit

•Lamping Homestead

•River Trail Loop

•Archer’s Fork Loop

•Covered Bridge Trail

Wayne National Forest—Athens Unit

•Wildcat Hollow Backpack Trail—Day Hike

Wayne National Forest—Ironton Unit

•Vesuvius Backpack and Lakeshore Trail

•The Wilds

•Butterfly Habitat Trail

Wolf Run State Park

•Wolf Run, Buckeye Trail



Caesar Creek State Park

•Spilling Trail

Cincinnati Metro Parks

•Eden Park

Columbus Metro Parks

Highbanks Metro Park

Blendon Woods Metro Park

East Fork State Park

•Backpack Trail—Backcountry Trail Loop

Edge of Appalachia Preserve

•Buzzardroost Rock Trail

•Lynx Prairie Trail

Five Rivers Metroparks

•Taylorsville Dam to Tadmor

Englewood Metropark, White and Green Trails

•Fort Ancient State Memorial

•Earthworks Terrace and Connector Trails

Fort Hill State Memorial

•Fort Trail

Glen Helen Nature Preserve

•Glen Helen Natural Area

Hamilton County Park District—Shawnee Lookout Park

•Miami Fort Trail

Harrison Tomb State Memorial

•Harrison Tomb State Memorial

Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve

•Big Woods and Sugar Bush Trails

Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve—John Bryan State Park

•John Bryan State Park

Miami County Parks

•Charleston Falls Preserve

Ohio Historical Society—Piqua Historical Area

•Piqua to Lockington on the Buckeye Trail

Raven Rock State Nature Preserve

•Raven Rock Arch

Scioto Trail State Park

•Caldwell and Stewart Lake Loop

Serpent Mound State Memorial

•Ohio Brush Creek Trail

Shawnee State Forest

•Day Hike and Connector Trail

Tar Hollow State Park

•Brush Ridge Trail



Delaware State Park

•Lakeview Trail

Goll Woods State Nature Preserve

•Toadshade Trail

Independence Dam State Park

•Towpath and Buckeye Trail

Kelley’s Island State Park

•Kelley’s Island North Shore Loop Trail

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

•Magee Marsh Walking Trail

Maumee Bay State Park

•Boardwalk Trail

Miami and Erie Canal Corridor

•Miami and Erie Towpath Trail, Deep Cut to Bloody Bridge

Mt. Gilead State Park

•Lakeside Trail

Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

•Sand Dunes Trail

Sandusky County Park District—Wolf Creek Park

•Wolf Creek Park, Buckeye Trail

Toledo Metroparks

•Farnsworth to Bend View Metroparks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Won through LibraryThing's early reviewers. Let me start out by

    Won through LibraryThing's early reviewers. Let me start out by saying I am a native Ohioan. I have been hiking most of these trails (especially the ones in NE Ohio) my whole life. 
    I was pretty impressed with this book. It offers a lot of really great information on each hike and the adjacent area. Each hike is intended as a day-hike but most could certainly be extended. The hikes are each rated on difficulty on a scale of 1-5 boots with 5 boots being most difficult. In my opinion, a hike that is 90% boardwalk and handicap accessible should not be rated 2 boot difficulty. Perhaps the book is geared toward people who are not avid hikers? My other concern is regarding the maps. I grew up 10 minutes from West Branch State Park and the map indicates two towns that I have never heard of, Augerburg and Campbellsport. If someone from out of town stopped and asked me directions referencing one of these town, I could not help them. This makes me question the information on the rest of the maps throughout the book. 
    I especially like the chart in the front of the book that has a quick overview of each park's amenities, trail names, distance, difficulty and landscape. This makes it easy to choose a destination at a glance. Overall I think this book is a great reference for anyone who enjoys hiking. 

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