23 Stellar Ohio Hiking Trails You Have to Explore

Hiking through Ohio can be nothing short of magical. Whether you want to spend an afternoon picnicking and walking through a nature preserve, or you prefer a weekend camping trip at a state park, these 23 spots have got you covered.

Hiking through Ohio can be nothing short of magical. Whether you want to spend an afternoon picnicking and walking through a nature preserve, or you prefer a weekend camping trip at a state park, these 23 spots have got you covered.

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 Walter Best Wildlife Preserve
11620 Ravenna Rd., 440-286-9516
This small preserve, part of the Geauga Park District, has areas for fishing, picnic tables and trails that run along Best Lake. Perfect for a quiet hike and an ideal spot to watch wildlife. 
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Walter Best Wildlife Preserve

11620 Ravenna Rd., 440-286-9516
This small preserve, part of the Geauga Park District, has areas for fishing, picnic tables and trails that run along Best Lake. Perfect for a quiet hike and an ideal spot to watch wildlife.

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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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 Augusta-Anne Olsen Nature Preserve
4934 W. River Rd., 614-265-6561
This small nature preserve is a hidden gem, with several trails running through the forest and out to Vermillion Lake. Enjoy a quiet hike alongside the wildflowers that grow beside the trail. 
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Augusta-Anne Olsen Nature Preserve

4934 W. River Rd., 614-265-6561
This small nature preserve is a hidden gem, with several trails running through the forest and out to Vermillion Lake. Enjoy a quiet hike alongside the wildflowers that grow beside the trail.

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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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 Quail Hollow Park
13480 Congress Lake Ave NE, Hartville, 330-877-6652
Hartville offers more than fabulous pies, you can also visit one of the most beautiful parks around. Quail Hollow Park offers, count 'em, eight different trails that take journeyers through moss-covered arches, forest and marsh. You can even stay at a manor on the property for a weekend affair. 
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Quail Hollow Park

13480 Congress Lake Ave NE, Hartville, 330-877-6652
Hartville offers more than fabulous pies, you can also visit one of the most beautiful parks around. Quail Hollow Park offers, count 'em, eight different trails that take journeyers through moss-covered arches, forest and marsh. You can even stay at a manor on the property for a weekend affair.

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 John Bryan State Park
3790 OH-370, 937-767-1274
This Western Ohio park includes a limestone gorge and over 750 acres of trails for exploration.  
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John Bryan State Park

3790 OH-370, 937-767-1274
This Western Ohio park includes a limestone gorge and over 750 acres of trails for exploration.

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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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 Fort Hill Nature Preserve
13614 Fort Hill Rd., 800-283-8905
Fort Hill is a great spot for hiking, with plenty of opportunity to bird watch and look for rare mushroom species. The preserve has rich history, built by American Indians of the Hopewell Culture about 2,000 years ago. Learn about this Ohio tribe and walk the same trails they once cultivated. 
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Fort Hill Nature Preserve

13614 Fort Hill Rd., 800-283-8905
Fort Hill is a great spot for hiking, with plenty of opportunity to bird watch and look for rare mushroom species. The preserve has rich history, built by American Indians of the Hopewell Culture about 2,000 years ago. Learn about this Ohio tribe and walk the same trails they once cultivated.

Photo via grethenfathauer/Instagram
 Black River Reservation
1750 Ford Rd., 440-458-5121
Black River Reservation is a popular picnic spot and packed with great trails, the most popular being Bridgeway and Steel Mill Trail. 
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Black River Reservation

1750 Ford Rd., 440-458-5121
Black River Reservation is a popular picnic spot and packed with great trails, the most popular being Bridgeway and Steel Mill Trail.

Photo via citytosummitexplorers/Instagram