23 Exceptional Ohio Hiking Trails You Must Explore Now

Ohio has a surprising amount of exceptional nature worthy of exploration. And these 23 Ohio trails and parks offer something for the most avid trekker to those just looking for a nice stroll through the woods. Adventure is calling you now.

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Old Man’s Cave
19852 OH-664, 740-385-6842  
Old Man’s Cave is part of Hocking Hills, a Southern Ohio hiking attraction. This natural Ohio cave is cool and peaceful, a perfect escape from bustling city life. Stay a weekend at one of the available cabins, or take a day trip to enjoy the scenery. 
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Old Man’s Cave

19852 OH-664, 740-385-6842
Old Man’s Cave is part of Hocking Hills, a Southern Ohio hiking attraction. This natural Ohio cave is cool and peaceful, a perfect escape from bustling city life. Stay a weekend at one of the available cabins, or take a day trip to enjoy the scenery.

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Mentor Marsh
5185 Corduroy Rd., 440-257-0777
This marsh is a mixed swamp forest, one of the last of its kind in the Lake Erie region. There is also a sugar-maple forest bordering the marsh, a beautiful scene during a fall hike. If you are taking a larger group or need a little guidance, family nature hikes are offered each week.
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Mentor Marsh

5185 Corduroy Rd., 440-257-0777
This marsh is a mixed swamp forest, one of the last of its kind in the Lake Erie region. There is also a sugar-maple forest bordering the marsh, a beautiful scene during a fall hike. If you are taking a larger group or need a little guidance, family nature hikes are offered each week.

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Great Seal State Park
4908 Marietta Rd., 740-887-4818 
Looking to climb some hills? Great Seal State Park has over 1,800 acres of hilly and challenging trails worth exploring. This park’s hills are depicted on the Great Seal of the State of Ohio, hence the name. 
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Great Seal State Park

4908 Marietta Rd., 740-887-4818
Looking to climb some hills? Great Seal State Park has over 1,800 acres of hilly and challenging trails worth exploring. This park’s hills are depicted on the Great Seal of the State of Ohio, hence the name.

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Arc of Appalachia Preserve
7660 Cave Rd., Bainbridge, 937-365-1935 
This nature preserve is run by a non-profit working to preserve more than 5,000 acres of land east of Cincinnati. Hike around the snaking Serpent Mound for a look at the world's biggest prehistoric effigy mound. 
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Arc of Appalachia Preserve

7660 Cave Rd., Bainbridge, 937-365-1935
This nature preserve is run by a non-profit working to preserve more than 5,000 acres of land east of Cincinnati. Hike around the snaking Serpent Mound for a look at the world's biggest prehistoric effigy mound.

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Blue Hen Falls
2001 Boston Mills Rd., 330-657-2752
Blue Hen Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It requires a short walk, less than a half mile, if you park at the trailhead, and the view is spectacular year-round.  
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Blue Hen Falls

2001 Boston Mills Rd., 330-657-2752
Blue Hen Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It requires a short walk, less than a half mile, if you park at the trailhead, and the view is spectacular year-round.

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Burr Oak State Park
10660 Burr Oak Lodge Rd., 740-767-2112
This state park is more than 2,500 acres of forest hills and valley farms. If you wish for an extended stay to get the chance to explore everything, Burr Oak has several resorts and camping areas.
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Burr Oak State Park

10660 Burr Oak Lodge Rd., 740-767-2112
This state park is more than 2,500 acres of forest hills and valley farms. If you wish for an extended stay to get the chance to explore everything, Burr Oak has several resorts and camping areas.

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Chapin Forest Reservation
9938 Chillicothe Rd., 440-639-7275  
With six miles of trail, this reservation is open year-round for entertainment. Hike, run or ski through the thick forest, or check out Lucky Stone Loop trail for a spectacular view of Lake Erie.
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Chapin Forest Reservation

9938 Chillicothe Rd., 440-639-7275
With six miles of trail, this reservation is open year-round for entertainment. Hike, run or ski through the thick forest, or check out Lucky Stone Loop trail for a spectacular view of Lake Erie.

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Christmas Rocks Nature Preserve
2340 Meister Rd., 614-265-6565 
If you’re up for a longer hike, climb to the top of Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve and experience the picturesque view of the forest below. If you want to keep it short, stay on flat ground and seek out the several rare species that live in the nature preserve, including a dry chestnut oak. 
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Christmas Rocks Nature Preserve

2340 Meister Rd., 614-265-6565
If you’re up for a longer hike, climb to the top of Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve and experience the picturesque view of the forest below. If you want to keep it short, stay on flat ground and seek out the several rare species that live in the nature preserve, including a dry chestnut oak.

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Conkles Hollow Rim Trail
24858 Big Pine Rd., 740-385-6842
Conkles Hollow is another Hocking Hills attraction, enjoyable for serious hikers looking to do some exploring. The rocky gorge is one of the deepest in Ohio, and the floor of this area is so thick with ferns and wildlife that sunlight does not reach certain spots. 
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Conkles Hollow Rim Trail

24858 Big Pine Rd., 740-385-6842
Conkles Hollow is another Hocking Hills attraction, enjoyable for serious hikers looking to do some exploring. The rocky gorge is one of the deepest in Ohio, and the floor of this area is so thick with ferns and wildlife that sunlight does not reach certain spots.

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Glacier Ridge Metropark
9801 Hyland Croy, Plain City
With three easy trails, with fun names like Ironweed, Marsh Hawk and Red Oak, Glacier Ridge offers a family-friendly environment through forest, field and wetland for walkers of all levels. 
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Glacier Ridge Metropark

9801 Hyland Croy, Plain City
With three easy trails, with fun names like Ironweed, Marsh Hawk and Red Oak, Glacier Ridge offers a family-friendly environment through forest, field and wetland for walkers of all levels.

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