Ohio April 10, 2017
10 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In Ohio
Hiking is one of the best ways to experience Ohio, hands-down.
From hidden waterfalls to mossy gorges, there’s always something new to surprise you along an Ohio trail. Fortunately, you don’t necessarily have to be an advanced hiker to experience some of the best natural beauty in the Buckeye State—you just have to have a sense of adventure. Here are 10 easy, totally doable hikes to add to your outdoor bucket list in Ohio:
1. The Blackhand Gorge Trail (Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve)
The Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve features a 4-mile-long sandstone formation that the Licking River flows through. It's truly incredible to see. The trail is the only paved bike path in the Ohio nature preserve system, making it an easy hike for those who prefer to walk and explore. Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve is located at 2200 Gratiot Rd. SE, Heath, OH 43056.
2. Piatt Park Gorge Trail (Woodsfield)
This small county park is hiding a nature lover's secret. The hiking trail at Piatt Park features a stunning natural gorge, rock shelter and several small waterfalls. You'll find this hidden gem of a park at 105 West Court St., Woodsfield, Ohio 43793.
3. White Trail (Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park)
Explore the tops of the cliffs at Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park along an easy, 1-mile trail. It's a small yet stunning state park you're sure to love. You can find it at 12440 Nelson Ledge Rd., Garrettsville, OH 44231.
4. Licking Bend Trail (Dillion State Park)
As one of the longer and moderately strenuous trails on our list, this 6-mile hike in Muskingum County takes you through some of southeast Ohio's most serene woods. You'll find Dillion State Park at 5265 Dillon Hills Dr., Nashport, OH 43830.
5. Wetland Trails (East Harbor State Park)
With gorgeous beaches nearby and 2 miles of easy, cleared trails to explore, you'll love exploring the Wetland Trails at this gem of a state park. East Harbor State Park is located at 1169 N Buck Rd., Lakeside Marblehead, OH 43440.
6. Orange Trail (Sugarcreek Metro Park)
Along the 1.3-mile Orange Trail, you'll see the Osage Orange Tunnel. It's a breathtaking natural wonder you'll absolutely love. Sugarcreek Metro Park is located at 4178 Conference Rd., Bellbrook, OH 45305
7. Rowe Woods Trails (Cincinnati Nature Center)
Within the Cincinnati Nature Center, you can find this easy to hike loop trail in Rowe Woods, which features an abundance of wildlife and beautiful plants along the way. It is approximately 1.8 miles long. The Cincinnati Nature Center is located at 6926 Gaynor Rd., Goshen, OH 45122.
8. Overlook Trail (Beaver Creek State Park)
You don't always have to hike very far (or very strenuously) to get to a gorgeous view. The Overlook Trail at Beaver Creek State Park is just .3 miles long and it's a fairly easy hike to the Dustin Huffman Memorial Overlook. You'll find this state park at 12021 Echo Dell Rd., East Liverpool, OH 43920.
9. Hebron Trail (Ohio Canal Greenway)
This recreational trail in Licking County is located on the old Penn Central Railroad right-of-way, just south of the village of Hebron. It is approximately 2.7 miles long, and features farmland scenery and a charming covered bridge along the way
10. Ghost Hedge Trail (Sycamore State Park)
With nearly 3 miles of gorgeous scenery and wildlife along this southwest Ohio trail, you'll have a picture perfect day in nature. Sycamore State Park is located at 4675 N. Diamond Mill Rd., Trotwood, OH 45426.
Have you hiked any of these trails before? Which ones? What other hiking trails in Ohio do you recommend? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!
For more outdoor Ohio adventures, check out our previous post:
The Ultimate Bucket List For Anyone In Ohio Who Loves The Outdoors.