11 Short And Sweet Summer Hikes In Ohio With Amazing Views
Summertime in Ohio is adventure time for Ohio explorers and nature lovers. (Be sure to check out our ultimate summer hiking guide.) Sometimes, you don’t get to explore for as long as you like, however. Busy schedules and eventful days can keep us from an all-day adventure — but that doesn’t mean you can’t reserve time for a short, sweet hike in nature. The following trails in Ohio are all less than three miles in length, (and many are less than a mile long), making them the best hikes for a spontaneous afternoon adventure.
Here’s why you’ll want to add these 11 short-and-sweet Buckeye State hikes to your summer bucket list:
Have you ever hiked any of these trails before? What others would you add to this list? What are your picks for the best summer hikes in Ohio? Share your thoughts, photos and recommendations with us in the comments section below!
Address: Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Rd, Tipp City, OH 45371, USA
Address: Headlands Beach State Park, 9601 Headlands Rd, Mentor, OH 44060, USA
Address: Cascade Valley Metro Park-Chuckery Area, 837 Cuyahoga St, Akron, OH 44313, USA
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April 24, 2022
What are the best waterfall hikes in Ohio?
When the summer heat and haze descend upon the Buckeye State, the best course of action is to hit the trails, many of which provide lush tree canopies that will help cool you off. Even better? Hitting a waterfall trail during the summer in Ohio! Luckily, the Buckeye State is home to some truly wondrous waterfalls, and by extension, wondrous waterfall hikes.
One of our favorite places for waterfall chasing in Ohio is Hocking Hills State Park, which really is a dream of a destination for waterfall enthusiasts! With numerous falls located within the park, you could easily spend days exploring its many natural wonders, and that’s a challenge we’d happily take on! Old Man’s Cave and Ash Falls are two stellar waterfall hikes, and they are both short and straightforward enough that hikers of all ages and abilities can enjoy them.
Another waterfall hike we adore in Ohio is the trek to Charleston Falls. It’s perfect for a day hike when you need a little adventure in your life, but not too much. The 1.8-mile loop to the falls is a fairly easy hike, and there’s also a small cave that’s fun to find. And over in the gorgeous Glen Helen Nature Preserve, the Inman Trail takes you to both Glen Helen Falls and the official “Yellow Spring,” the natural wonder for which the town of Yellow Springs is named. It’s a loop trail that’s categorized as “moderate,” and it really is quite a beautiful hike in the summer!
Address: Beaver Creek State Park, 12021 Echo Dell Rd, East Liverpool, OH 43920, USA
Address: Ash Cave, OH-56, Logan, OH 43138, USA
Address: Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park, 12440 OH-282, Garrettsville, OH 44231, USA
Address: Concord Woods Nature Park, 11211 Spear Rd, Painesville, OH 44077, USA
Address: Garfield Park Reservation, 11350 Broadway Ave, Garfield Heights, OH 44125, USA
Address: Piatt Park, 100 Garfield Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Address: Sugarcreek MetroPark, 4178 Conference Rd, Bellbrook, OH 45305, USA
April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.