Just because the summer season is winding down, it doesn’t mean you have to. (Well, sort of.) It’s not too late to take a hike along one of the many beautiful trails in Ohio. The following are what we consider to be the best hiking trails in Ohio—
and the perfect finale to your summer adventures.
1. Old Man's Cave Loop (Hocking Hills State Park)
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Sandstone gorges, breathtaking waterfalls, eerie caves and unique rock formations await you at what's arguably Ohio's favorite trail, which is approximately 5.1 miles altogether.
2. E-Trail (Mt. Airy Forest)
Close to downtown Cincinnati is the 8.4 mille out-and-back E-Trail of wooded hills and valleys in Mt. Airy Forest.
3. Ledges and Pine Grove Loops (Cuyahoga Valley National Park)
This 4.1 mile figure-eight trail features breathtaking views along the way that you simply have to see to believe.
4. Hemlock Gorge to Lyons Falls (Mohican State Park)
Go chasing waterfalls along this 9 mile out-and-back trail, which features a 300-foot deep sandstone gorge and two beautiful waterfalls.
5. North and South Zaleski Loop (Zaleski State Forest)
For the advanced hiker who can backpack through the woods overnight, Zaleski State Forest trails are a must-do. Along the way, the trails feature vacant farms, abandoned mines, beautiful views, Indian ceremonial grounds and an old mining town. The North Loop is approximately 18.4 miles, and the South Loop is approximately 11.7 miles.
6. Clifton Gorge Trail (John Bryan State Park)
This 5.2 mile day hike features the calm waters of the Little Miami River and a deep limestone chasm.
7. Redwing Trail Loop (Rowe Woods)
Within the Cincinnati Nature Center, you can find this easy to hike trail in Rowe Woods, which features an abundance of wildlife and beautiful plants along the way.
8. Overlook Trail (Highbanks Metro Park)
This 2.3 mile trail takes you to an observation deck 100 feet above Olentangy River.
9. Ridge-Creekside Loop (Clear Creek Metro Park)
Enjoy 5 miles of rugged cliffs, peaceful creeks and beautiful wildlife along this trail at Clear Creek Metro Park.
10. Scioto Trail State Forest Loop (Scioto Trail State Forest)
Trace an old Shawnee trail along this 11.2 mile loop of wooded hollows, quiet foothills and peaceful streams.
11. Cascade Falls Trail (Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park)
This short .5 mile trail leads to an impressive waterfall, complete with a short boardwalk and observation deck below the falls.
12. Brandywine Falls and Stanford Trail (Cuyahoga Valley National Park)
Start this 4.5 mile hike at Stanford House toward the breathtaking falls (from either direction) and loop back around the other way to the Stanford House.
What is your favorite hiking trail in Ohio? Which ones do you plan to explore soon?