Hiking Ohio: A Guide To The State's Greatest Hikes

Hiking Ohio: A Guide To The State's Greatest Hikes

by Mary Reed

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Overview

Hiking Ohio is a comprehensive guide to more than forty of the most scenic foot trails in the Buckeye State. Hike along beaches, over boardwalks, through gorges, past waterfalls, into caves, near wildlife, under forest canopies, and through carpets of wildflowers. Trek along secluded footpaths through Ohio's virgin forest and keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, beaver, fox, and, in the eastern part of the state, black bear. Whether you are a day-tripper looking for a short day hike or longer-distance hiker yearning for an extended backpacking trip, this guidebook has plenty to offer and is an excellent way to see all the state has to offer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493038657
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Series: State Hiking Guides Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 469,511
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mary Reed is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Athens, Ohio. She is the author of the second edition of Hiking West Virginia (FalconGuides) Her work has also appeared in Backpacker, Ohio Magazine, Orion Afield, New River Gorge Guide, and many other publications.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The Buckeye State 1

Weather And Seasons 2

Precautions 4

Land Ownership And Oversight 4

Difficulty Ratings 6

Contacting Your Representatives 6

Volunteering 6

Getting Around Ohio 6

How To Use This Book 8

Map Legend 9

Northwest Ohio

1 Cottonwood to Toadshade Loop, Goll Woods State Nature Preserve 11

2 Sand Dunes Trail, Oak Openings Preserve Metropark 16

3 Boardwalk Trail, Maumee Bay State Park 21

4 Wetland to Water's Edge Trail, East Harbor State Park 26

5 North Loop/Alvar, North Pond, and East Quarry Trails, Kelleys Island State Park and North Pond State Nature Preserve 30

Honorable Mentions

A Upland Woods Trail, Wildwood Preserve Metropark 38

B Towpath Trail: Farnsworth Metropark to Providence Metropark 38

C Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve 39

D Buckeye Trail: Minster to 40 Acre Pond 39

E Oak Openings Hiking Trail, Oak Openings Preserve Metropark 40

Northeast Ohio

6 Hinckley Lake to Worden's Ledges Trail, Hinckley Reservation 43

7 Buckeye Trail: Red Lock to Blue Hen Falls to Boston Store, Cuyahoga Valley National Park 48

8 Stanford House to Brandywine Falls, Cuyahoga Valley National Park 54

9 Ledges Trail, Cuyahoga Valley National Park 58

10 Old Valley to Highlights Trail Loop, Holden Arboretum 62

11 Cascade Falls to Devil's Icebox, Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park 67

12 Vondergreen Trail, Beaver Creek State Park 72

13 Hemlock Gorge to Lyons Fells Trail, Mohican State Park 77

Honorable Mentions

F Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve 82

G Fort Hill Loop Trail, Rocky River Reservation 82

H Glens Trail, Gorge Metro Park 83

I East Gorge and West Gorge Trails, Mill Creek MetroParks 83

J Deer to Red Fox Trail Loop, Tappan Lake Park 84

K Buckeye Trail: US 22 to Piedmont Marina Campground, Piedmont Lake Park 85

L Ledges Trail, Liberty Park, Summit Metro Parks 86

Central Ohlo

14 Overlook and Dripping Rock Trails, Highbanks Metro Park 88

15 Lake Trail with Japanese Garden Spur, The Dawes Arboretum 93

16 Blackhand to Quarry Rim Trail, Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve 98

17 Terrace to Ancient Trail Loop, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park 102

18 Five Oaks to Kokomo Wetland Trail, Slate Run Metro Park 106

Honorable Mention

M Ridge to Meadows Trail Loop, Chestnut Ridge Metro Park 111

Southwest Ohlo

19 South Gorge Trail to Narrows Trail, John Bryan State Park and Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve 114

20 Glen Helen Loop Trail, Glen Helen Nature Preserve 119

21 Orange Trail, Twin Creek MetroPark 124

22 Big Woods and Sugar Bush Trails, Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve 128

23 Markers Run to Bachelor Preserve East Loop, Miami University Natural Areas 133

24 Perimeter Trail: Flat Fork Picnic Area to Pioneer Village, Caesar Creek State Park 137

25 Earthworks Trail to Sun Serpent Effigy, Fort Ancient State Memorial and YMCA Camp Kern 142

26 Beechwood to Red Oak Trail Loop, Mount Airy Forest 147

27 Lookout to Geology Trail Loop, Rowe Woods, Cincinnati Nature Center 152

28 Fort to Gorge Trail Loop, Fort Hill State Memorial 157

Honorable Mentions

N Charleston Fails Preserve Trails 162

O Valley of the Ancients to Etawah Woods Trail, Highlands Nature Sanctuary 163

P Trail to Buzzardroost Rock, Edge of Appalachia Preserve 163

Q Gorge Trail, Sharon Woods 165

Southeast Ohio

29 Lake Vesuvius Lakeshore Trail, Wayne National Forest, Ironton Ranger District 168

30 Calico Bush and Salt Creek Trails, Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve 173

31 Logan Trail: North Loop, Tar Hollow State Forest and State Park 177

32 Grandma Gatewood Trail: Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave, Hocking Hills State Park 181

33 Rim and Gorge Trails, Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve 187

34 Hemlock to Creekside Meadows Loop, Clear Creek Metro Park 191

35 Peninsula to Olds Hollow Trail, Lake Hope State Park and Zaleski State Forest 195

36 Rockhouse to Athens Trail Loop, Sells Park, Riddle State Nature Preserve, and Strouds Run State Park 199

37 Lakeview Trail, Burr Oak State Park 204

38 River Loop to Scenic River Trail, Wayne National Forest Athens District-Marietta Unit 208

39 Lamping Homestead Trail. Wayne National Forest, Athens District-Marietta Unit 212

40 Red and Blue Trails, Dysart Woods 216

Honorable Mentions

R Buckeye Trail through Hocking State Forest 220

S Rockbridge State Nature Preserve 220

T Hemlock Bridge to Whispering Cave Trail, Hocking Hills State Park 221

U Rhododendron Cove State Nature Preserve 222

V Covered Bridge Trail, Wayne National Forest, Athens District-Marietta Unit 223

W Archers Fork Trail, Wayne National Forest, Athens District-Marietta Unit 224

X Stone House Loop Trail, Salt Fork Lake State Park 225

In Addition: Selected Ohio Backpack Trails 226

In Addition: Ohio's Long Trails 232

The Art Of Hiking 234

Appendix A Hike Index 245

Appendix B Resources (Government, State, And Local Groups) 250

Appendix C Further Reading 253

About The Author 254

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