Winter in Ohio has an end—and that’s when your outdoor adventures can truly begin.
This spring, welcome the season with a short hike. Although you might not be ready to tackle the 5-mile treks that require strategic packing and planning, you can warm yourself up for the summer months with a short and sweet hike. The following are 11 of our favorite scenic hikes in Ohio and they’re all less than one mile.
1. Beach Boardwalk (Headlands Beach State Park)
The 0.15-mile boardwalk trail along this
waterfront park is short, sweet and stunning. Here, you can observe a variety of vegetation that's typically only found on the Atlantic Coast, which makes this trail extra special. Headlands Beach State Park is located at 9601 Headlands Rd., Mentor, OH 44060.
2. 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 and great for families, as well as a more strenuous 0.5-mile-long Rim Trail. Hocking Hills State Park is located at 19852 OH-664, Logan, OH 43138.
3. Worden's Ledges Loop Trail (Hinckley Reservation)
Worden's Ledges Loop Trail in Hinckley Reservation is a true hidden gem to Ohio explorers and hiking enthusiasts. It's a 0.7-mile loop trail that features one-of-a-kind carvings from the 1940s. Stumbling upon this in the middle of the woods feels like you've uncovered a secret. Worden’s Ledges are located at 908-856 County Hwy 135, Hinckley, OH 44233.
4. The Valley Trail (Ault Park)
The Valley Trail at Ault Park in Cincinnati features an abandoned railroad bridge from the late 1800s, and it’s a short trek out-and-back. It's a total of .65 miles long. To take this hike, visit Ault Park at 3600 Observatory Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208.
5. Indian Mound Reserve Trails (Peterson Park)
The 166-acre Indian Mound Reserve in Cedarville features several hiking trails 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 (pictured). Peterson Park is located at 2750 US-42, Cedarville, OH 45314.
6. Cattail Trail (Garfield Park Reservation)
Along this short and sweet, .2-mile Cleveland Metroparks trail, you'll observe beautiful stonework from the 1930s, gorgeous flowers and wildlife. The trail is located near the Metroparks' maintenance center on Garfield Parkway.
7. 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.
8. Rowe Woods Edge Trail (Cincinnati Nature Center)
The Rowe Woods Edge Trail at the Cincinnati Nature Center is a must-hike trail, no matter the season. With just .66 miles to explore, this easy trail features gorgeous views of Powel Crosley Lake. Unlike most waterfront trails, the Rowe Woods Edge Trail takes you right out onto the lake via boardwalk paths. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife along this trail, as you never know what friendly faces you'll stumble upon. Cincinnati Nature Center is located at 4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. North Shore Loop Trail (Kelleys Island State Park)
The North Shore Loop Trail within Kelleys Island State Park weaves through much of the the island's quarry history and ruins. It's a 1-mile trail with so much to see along the way. You'll find the trailhead near the boat ramp parking lot. Kelleys Island State Park is located at 920 Division St., Kelleys Island, OH 43438.
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