Ohio March 29, 2018
8 Low-Key Hikes In Ohio With Amazing Payoffs
Sometimes, you want just the right amount of adventure—but not too much. Fortunately, Ohio is home to a variety of hiking trails and parks that feature beautiful views, waterfalls, caves, wildflowers and other aspects of nature that will inspire you. The following 8 trails prove that you don’t have to hike very far (or very strenuous) to get to an amazing view or destination. See how many you’ve conquered before:
1. Overlook Trail (Beaver Creek State Park)
You don't always have to hike very far, or very strenuously, to get to a gorgeous overlook 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.
2. Brandywine Falls (Cuyahoga Valley National Park)
Walk down the wooden pathways and stairs to see the beautiful, easily accessible Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park at 8176 Brandywine Road in Sagamore Hills Township. Near the falls, the 1.5-mile Brandywine Gorge Trail allows you to explore beyond the waterfall and see other views of the creek.
3. Mount Jeez (Monroe Township)
Within the Mohican Hills in Monroe Township, you’ll find one of Ohio’s most stunning summits. At 1,310 ft. tall, Mount Jeez offers a wide open, beautiful view of Ohio’s countryside. (You can find the path for Mount Jeez Overlook off of Pleasant Valley Road.)
4. 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. Hocking Hills State Park is located at 19852 OH 664, Logan, OH 43138.
5. Jane Coates Wildflower Trail (Put-In-Bay)
The Jane Coates Wildflower Trail on South Bass Island in Put-In-Bay, Ohio is a hidden gem most people don’t know about. This half-mile loop trail features a gorgeous variety of wildflowers and even some migratory songbirds. You'll find the trail at 1962 Put-In-Bay Rd., Put-In-Bay, OH 43456.
6. Cascade Falls (Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park)
The .5-mile trek to Cascade Falls in Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park is one of those short, sweet and special trails. The next time you’re in the northeast Ohio area and you need a quick break in nature, this quaint trail is one you’ll want to check out. You'll find it at 12440 OH-282, Garrettsville, OH 44231.
7. 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.
8. Rowe Woods Edge Trail (Cincinnati Nature Center)
With just .66 miles to explore, this easy trail features gorgeous views of Powel Crosley Lake. It makes the day hike when you don't have a lot of time to explore, but you need to get out and take in some nature.
Have you hiked any of these trails before? What others would you add to this list? Share your experiences (and photos) with us!
For more incredible hikes in Ohio, check out our previous article:
14 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Ohio Should Take.