These 10 Gorgeous Waterfront Trails In Ohio Are Perfect For A Summer Day

When you want to embrace a warm day in Ohio, it’s always better to do so near the water. (Like, these awesome waterfront restaurants, for example!) Fortunately, Ohio is home to several waterfront trails, both bike paths and walking courses, that feature beautiful views of waterways and even some fun stops along the way. Here are 10 gorgeous summer hikes in Ohio that are right along the river:

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Have you explored any of these spots before? What are some other great waterfront trails in Ohio?

If you’re looking for some more trails off the beaten path, check out These 11 Trails In Ohio Will Lead You To Unforgettable Places. And if you’re looking to see some beautiful water without a long walk, check out 9 Unbelievable Ohio Waterfalls Hiding In Plain Sight… No Hiking Required.

Address: Scioto Mile Promenade, 233 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Address: River Trail, Marietta, OH 45750, USA
Address: Little Miami Bike Trail Parking, Little Miami Scenic Trail, Cincinnati, OH 45244, USA
Address: Ohio River Trail, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Address: Sandusky Bay, Ohio, USA
Address: 901 Dye Mill Rd, Troy, OH 45373, USA
Address: Lakefront Bikeway, Cleveland, OH, USA
Address: Towpath Trail, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
Address: Hike-Bike Trail, Wyoming, OH 45215, USA
Address: Zane's Landing Trail, Zanesville, OH 43701, USA
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Summer Hikes in Ohio

July 14, 2021

What is summer in Ohio like?

Two words: hot and humid. Well, make that three words: hot, humid, and heavenly! There’s nothing quite like summer in the Buckeye State; long, lazy days filled with afternoons at the pool, baseball games, swimming holes, creek stomping, outdoor movies, and ice cream! It’s classic Americana at its best. The heat and humidity can be a bit much, however — especially if you’re not used to it! So be sure to hydrate — and keep close to the water if possible!

What are some popular activities to do during the summer in Ohio?

One of the best things to do during the summer is float down a lazy river. Whether you choose to kayak, canoe, or simply float and let the currents take you where the will, you can’t go wrong. Here are eight natural lazy rivers in Ohio perfect for spending a hot summer’s day; some of our favorites include the Little Miami River, the Mohican River, and the Hocking River. For more summer fun in Ohio, check out our previous article: 11 Amazing Lake Trips You Need To Take In Ohio This Summer. Water parks are also

What’s the water recreation like in Ohio? 

Aside from Ohio tubing and spending some time on a lazy river in Ohio, some of the best water activities are swimming and boating. Many of the best swimming areas in Ohio are lakeside, manmade water parks such as Longs Retreat Family Resort in Latham and Clay’s Park Resort in North Lawerence. These swimming areas feature sandy beaches, water slides, splash pads and other fun amenities. There are also lots of lakes in Ohio that are perfect for boating, canoeing, and swimming; some even have lakeside campgrounds so you can really stay and enjoy the water!

Address: Scioto Mile Promenade, 233 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Address: River Trail, Marietta, OH 45750, USA
Address: Little Miami Bike Trail Parking, Little Miami Scenic Trail, Cincinnati, OH 45244, USA
Address: Ohio River Trail, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Address: Sandusky Bay, Ohio, USA
Address: 901 Dye Mill Rd, Troy, OH 45373, USA
Address: Lakefront Bikeway, Cleveland, OH, USA
Address: Towpath Trail, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
Address: Hike-Bike Trail, Wyoming, OH 45215, USA
Address: Zane's Landing Trail, Zanesville, OH 43701, USA