Ohio September 14, 2017
10 Short And Sweet Fall Hikes In Ohio With A Spectacular End View
With the fall season settling in, you’re probably wanting to get out and explore your home state during one of the most beautiful times of the year. (Click
here to find out where and when the best places and times are to view fall foliage in Ohio.) From trails less than 5 miles you can spend the day exploring to trails less than a mile you can take an hour to enjoy, the following are some of our favorite trails to hike in Ohio during the autumn season.
1. 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 perfect fall day hike when you don't have a lot of time to explore, but you need to get out and take in the autumn foliage.
2. Old Man’s Cave Loop (Hocking Hills State Park)
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What is arguably Ohio's most scenic hiking trail is approximately 1 mile long and can be completed in about one hour. In addition to Old Man's Cave, you'll encounter the Devil's Bathtub, Sphinx Head, A-Frame Bridge and the Upper and Lower Falls.
3. Rocky River Reservation Trails (Cleveland Metroparks)
The All Purpose Trail at Rocky River Reservation (pictured) features scenic views of the Rocky River and a total of 13.6 miles for cycling, walking, skating, etc. Along this trail you'll encounter others, such as the 1.3-mile Rockcliff Springs Fitness Trail, (which we also recommend.)
4. 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
5. 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.
6. Towpath Trail (Metroparks Toledo)
Part of the Buckeye Trail System, this 8.3-mile trail follows remains of the Miami and Erie Canal. Bikes are allowed on this trail. The Bend View Overlook to Providence Trailhead section of the trail is especially beautiful.
7. East Cohasset Hike/Bike Trail (Mill Creek Park)
Youngstown's metro park features some beautiful scenery and landmarks. The 1.5-mile asphalt surface East Cohasset Hike/Bike Trail features a scenic route above Lake Cohasset. It's perfect for a leisurely day hike.
8. Squire’s Castle Loop Trail (North Chagrin Reservation)
Tucked away in one of the Cleveland Metro Parks, you'll find this fairytale-like landmark. It's unexpected and really neat to explore. Within the North Chagrin Reservation, you can take a 2.2-mile loop trail that leads right to Squire's Castle. (The trailhead is located at 2794 River Rd., Willoughby 44094.)
9. Conkle’s Hollow Rim Trail (Hocking Hills State Park)
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This rugged, rocky gorge is often considered one of the deepest in Ohio, according to the state park's website. The Rim Trail at the top of the 200 ft. cliffs features breathtaking views. (Note: The trail can be fairly strenuous in some parts.)
10. Clifton Gorge Trail (John Bryan State Park)
Coming in at just about 5 miles, this local favorite day-hike features the calm waters of the Little Miami River and a deep limestone chasm.
What do you think of this list? Have you hiked any of these trails in the fall? What is your favorite Ohio trail to hike during the autumn season? Share your thoughts, photos and experiences with us!