12 Scenic Trails To Explore In Ohio, One For Each Month Of The Year

Hiking in Ohio is one of our favorite pastimes and fortunately, it’s possible to do all year round. Whether your idea of a perfect hike involves brilliant fall foliage, a rushing waterfall, or perhaps a snow-covered wooded trail, you’ll find your ideal trail on the list. Without further ado, we present to you 12 scenic trails in Ohio, one for each month of the year. Ready to get started? Lace-up those hiking boots and let’s go!

Have you hiked any of these scenic trails in Ohio? Did any of your favorite seasonal trails miss the list? If so, be sure to share them with us in the comments below — we’d love to hear from you!

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Scenic Trails in Ohio

December 19, 2022

What are some scenic trails in Ohio for beginners?

Here in the Buckeye State, you don’t have to be an advanced outdoorsman or woman to enjoy a wonderful hike. Some of the best hikes in Ohio are under three miles, including the following beginner-friendly adventures:

  • Ash Cave Trails (Hocking Hills State Park). The Ash Cave Trails within Hocking Hills State Park feature a 0.25-mile-long Gorge Trail that is wheelchair accessible, as well as a 0.5-mile-long Rim Trail.
  • The Rock House Trail (Hocking Hills State Park). Also located in Hocking Hills State Park, the 0.5-mile Rock House Trail is a fairly strenuous hike that takes you to an incredible cave with a 25-foot-tall ceiling and window-like openings.
  • The Valley Trail (Ault Park). There’s something magical about stumbling upon a railroad from years past in the middle of a forest, and that’s exactly what you can experience along one beautiful hiking trail in Ohio. The Valley Trail at Ault Park in Cincinnati features an abandoned railroad bridge from the late 1800s. The trail is a little more than half a mile, so getting there doesn’t take long at all.
  • Stone House Loop Trail (Salt Fork State Park). This 1.8-mile-long moderate trail takes you to the Kennedy Stone House, which is a hidden gem listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Indian Mound Reserve Trails (Cedarville). The 166-acre Indian Mound Reserve in Cedarville features several hiking trails that are less than a mile, managed by the Greene County Park District. We recommend taking the 0.6-mile Upper Rim Trail to Cedar Cliff Falls.
  • Hemlock Loop Trail (Bedford Reservation). The Hemlock Loop Trail at Bedford Reservation within Cleveland Metroparks is a short, easy hike that’s particularly beautiful. The 0.8-mile trail features a flat, woodland area along the Tinker’s Creek floodplain.

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