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Old 05-07-18, 12:24 PM
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Hiking recommendations

Looking for recommendations / suggestions for hiking trails in Ohio. Below are a few points to consider;

- Within 2.5 hours of Cincinnati area

- Looking for trails that are 2+ miles

- Would like for a moderate/hard level trail

- Not concerned with children as they will stay home from this.



I know Hocking Hills is the easy recommendation but looking to see what else anyone has to offer.


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Old 05-07-18, 12:25 PM
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Red River Gorge?
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Old 05-07-18, 12:41 PM
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Looking for recommendations / suggestions for hiking trails in Ohio.



Thanks.
Rail-trails...
https://www.traillink.com/stateactiv...hiking-trails/


also...

https://www.trails.com/ohio

State Park Trails...
http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/hiking


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Old 05-07-18, 12:45 PM
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Red River Gorge - seemingly hundreds of trails
Hocking Hills - see above.
Wayne National Forest/Zaleski State Forest - same general area as Hocking Hills. Zaleski is pretty long IIRC though
Yellow Springs - Glen Helen and Clifton Gorge
Daniel Boon National Forest - seemingly hundreds of trails
Clifty Falls - less hiking than most of these others
Cumberland Gap - but a little outside your travel time
Black Hand Gorge - More about the size of Yellow Springs
Shawnee State Forest
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Old 05-07-18, 01:04 PM
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Saw a couple bears cross the trail about 25’ ahead of us at Hocking last summer. Didn’t even know they had bears.

I’d go to the Gorge though, if I were you.
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Big bone lick state park
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Old 05-07-18, 05:31 PM
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John Bryan State Park
Clifton Gorge
Glen Helen Nature Preserve

Some underrated hiking trails and nice scenery.

All three are near each other and real close to Yellow Springs...a laid back hippie town and a good place to people watch and/or grab lunch, after the hike.
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I'm a big fan of Clear Creek. It's a relatively new park that is part of the Columbus MetroPark system even though it's south of Lancaster. I have been on most of the trails there. Some are easy and some are what I would rate as moderate to difficult which for me is a little bit of danger like looking over an edge of a 20' drop with no guards and my legs also burn a little bit after completing one. Because of it's location I rarely come across anyone else while hiking so it's the opposite of Hocking Hills in that regard.

http://www.metroparks.net/parks-and-...-creek/trails/

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Old 05-07-18, 06:47 PM
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If you are down with going underground: Mammoth Cave National Park. From Cincy it may be doable in 2.5 hours. IIRC, guided tours - variety of short, medium and long. Nice cafeteria.
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Old 05-07-18, 07:24 PM
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Hueston Woods State Park

http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/huestonwoods

Just north of Oxford (Miami of Ohio) you can have dinner in a beautiful college town after the hike!

There are several excellent hikes in the park but the true gem is a 200 acre Old Growth Ohio Forest embedded in the park. This is a very rare thing and you will be amazed at how big Maple, Tulip & Beech trees can get.
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Old 05-08-18, 06:18 AM
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Hueston Woods State Park

http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/huestonwoods

Just north of Oxford (Miami of Ohio) you can have dinner in a beautiful college town after the hike!

There are several excellent hikes in the park but the true gem is a 200 acre Old Growth Ohio Forest embedded in the park. This is a very rare thing and you will be amazed at how big Maple, Tulip & Beech trees can get.
I highly recommend this hike also. Cool to see what the forest looked like 200 years ago when this area was settled. Not taken over by invasive species like Honeysuckle. Note that you can't bring your dog.
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Old 05-08-18, 06:20 AM
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I have a guidebook called 60 hikes within 60 Miles of Cincinnati by Tamara York. Its a nice compilation and summary of all the trails nearby.
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Good call on Hueston Woods, lotr. Forgot about that one.
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Old 05-08-18, 07:00 AM
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I have a guidebook called 60 hikes within 60 Miles of Cincinnati by Tamara York. Its a nice compilation and summary of all the trails nearby.
the book...

https://www.amazon.com/Hikes-Within-.../dp/0897325109

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Old 05-08-18, 08:36 AM
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Black Hand Gorge is a cool hike but may not give you the moderate to high level trail you are looking for.
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Old 05-08-18, 08:48 AM
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Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford has some nice trails as well. Great for trail running, if you’re into that.
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Old 05-08-18, 10:12 AM
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Clifton Gorge, Glen Helen and John Bryan. Hang out with the hippies at some decent places to eat in Yellow Springs. Take your bikes. The bikepath between Xenia and YS is a nice ride. There's also a good micro brewery right off the bike path in YS, too.
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Old 05-08-18, 10:28 AM
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I'd hike the free aviation museum in Dayton. Though not the softest on the legs.

A bit outside your window? But there is a very picturesque hike along the Maumee River, beginning at a park called "Farnsworth." Several places to stop, restrooms along the way and after hike lunch spots in the nearest town. It's one-way though, have to double back.
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Here's 4 trails in Adams County:

The Edge of Appalachia Preserve has four hiking trails open to the public. All trails are marked and well maintained. Click here for map of trails

Lynx Prairie Trail is 1.6 mile round loop trail. The Lynx Prairie is a National Natural Landmark and it best viewed in late summer when the prairie is blooming. It’s an easy hike that features over 200 species of plants and prairie flowers.|

Wilderness Trail is 2.5 mile loop trail. A moderate hike through the 1,200 acre preserve will reveal an unbroken forest with limestone cliffs and over 50 rare plants and flowers. A good spring and fall hike.

Buzzardroost Rock Trail is a 4.5-mile round-trip trail to Buzzardroost Rock. Buzzardroost is perhaps the most popular hike in Adams County and for good reason. A strenuous hike of three miles to the “Roost” and back rewards hikers with a spectacular view of Brush CreekValley at the trails end. Spring wildflowers, fall colors, and during winter, the surrounding landscape lays bare all its unique geological features for everyone to see include the nearby Tiffin cliffs. Excellent hiking year round.

Joan Portman Trail/Buckeye Trail where you can experience a panoramic view of the Ohio Brush Creek Valley on this 1.5-mile, round-trip trail extending through both prairie and forest. The 1,400-mile Buckeye Trail continues eastward from the overlook but is designed for long-distance and through-hikers only. It does not return to the parking area.
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Old 05-17-18, 01:16 PM
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Good call on Hueston Woods, lotr. Forgot about that one.
FYI- You can't bring Dogs onto the Old Growth Trail. They really try their best to control invasive Species.
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