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Hiking Ohio

Hiking Ohio


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    Hiking Ohio is your complete guide to over 75 of the most scenic day hikes in the Buckeye State. From the shores of Lake Erie to the Ohio River, this handy guide will lead you to the best trails. In this one-of-a-kind resource, you’ll find the following features:
    • Detailed descriptions, complete with GPS coordinates for every hike in every region
    • Special points of interest; descriptions of the topography, flora, fauna, and climate; estimated hiking time and distance; and difficulty ratings for each trail
    • Phone numbers and websites, park hours and rules, and available facilities for 65 of the state’s most scenic hiking areas
    • Easy-to-read maps for every park and trail to help you navigate your hike and locate landmarks and other points of interest
    • A convenient trail finder that provides a summary of each trail’s features and available facilities
    Hiking Ohio brings to life the history, terrain, flora, and fauna of each area. And the descriptions of nearby recreational and sightseeing destinations ensure you won’t miss anything on your trip. Hiking Ohio is your guide to enjoying the great outdoors!

    Table of Contents

    How to Use This Book
    Trail Finder
    State Map of Ohio
    Beaver Creek State Park
    Cleveland Metroparks
    Hinckley Reservation—Whipps Ledges and Hinckley Lake
    Bedford Reservation—Tinker’s Creek Gorge/Buckeye Trail
    Cuyahoga Valley National Park
    Three Waterfalls Hike
    Towpath and Deep Lock Quarry Trails
    Ledges Trail
    Towpath Trail, Botzum to Ira and Back
    Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve
    Clubmoss Trail
    Fernwood State Forest
    Fernwood State Forest
    Findley State Park
    Findley State Park
    Jefferson Lake State Park
    Oak Grove Trail
    Lake County Metroparks—Chapin Forest
    Chapin Forest, Buckeye Trail
    Malabar Farm State Park
    Bridle and Ski Trails
    Mohican State Park
    Lyons Falls and Pleasant Hill Trails
    Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
    Tappan Lake, Buckeye Trail
    Norma Johnson Center
    Preservation and Conservation Loops
    Ohio and Erie Canal Corridor
    Buckeye Trail, Zoar to Bolivar
    Quail Hollow State Park
    Quail Hollow
    Beaver Lodge Trail
    Stark County Park District
    Ohio and Erie Canal Corridor, Warrington Road to Craig Pittman Park
    Walborn Reservoir, Shoreline Trail
    West Branch State Park
    West Branch State Park, Buckeye Trail
    Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve
    Blackhand and Quarry Rim Trails
    Boord State Nature Preserve
    Broughton Preserve
    Southwest Overlook, Western Ridge and Valley Trails
    Burr Oak State Park
    Buckeye, Loop, Tanager, and Chipmunk Trails
    Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve
    Rim and Gorge Trails
    Dysart Woods Outdoor Laboratory
    Dysart Woods Red and Blue Trails
    Flint Ridge State Memorial
    Quarry and Creek Trails
    Hocking Hills State Park
    Grandma Gatewood and Rim Trails
    Ash Cave to Cedar Falls
    Rock House
    Cantwell Cliffs
    Hocking State Forest
    Hocking State Forest, Buckeye Trail
    Lake Hope State Park
    Lake Hope Peninsula Trail
    Olds Hollow
    Lake Katherine State Nature Preserve
    Pine Ridge\Calico Bush Trail
    Salt Creek Trail
    Rockbridge State Nature Preserve
    Rockbridge State Nature Preserve, Natural Bridge Trail
    Salt Fork State Park
    North Country Trail and Buckeye Trail
    Kennedy Stone House Trail
    Wayne National Forest—Marietta Unit
    Lamping Homestead
    River Trail Loop
    Archer’s Fork Loop
    Covered Bridge Trail
    Wayne National Forest—Athens Unit
    Wildcat Hollow Backpack Trail—Day Hike
    Wayne National Forest—Ironton Unit
    Vesuvius Backpack and Lakeshore Trail
    The Wilds
    Butterfly Habitat Trail
    Wolf Run State Park
    Wolf Run, Buckeye Trail
    Caesar Creek State Park
    Spilling Trail
    Cincinnati Metro Parks
    Eden Park
    Columbus Metro Parks
    Highbanks Metro Park
    Blendon Woods Metro Park
    East Fork State Park
    Backpack Trail—Backcountry Trail Loop
    Edge of Appalachia Preserve
    Buzzardroost Rock Trail
    Lynx Prairie Trail
    Five Rivers Metroparks
    Taylorsville Dam to Tadmor
    Englewood Metropark, White and Green Trails
    Fort Ancient State Memorial
    Earthworks Terrace and Connector Trails
    Fort Hill State Memorial
    Fort Trail
    Glen Helen Nature Preserve
    Glen Helen Natural Area
    Hamilton County Park District—Shawnee Lookout Park
    Miami Fort Trail
    Harrison Tomb State Memorial
    Harrison Tomb State Memorial
    Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve
    Big Woods and Sugar Bush Trails
    Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve—John Bryan State Park
    John Bryan State Park
    Miami County Parks
    Charleston Falls Preserve
    Ohio Historical Society—Piqua Historical Area
    Piqua to Lockington on the Buckeye Trail
    Raven Rock State Nature Preserve
    Raven Rock Arch
    Scioto Trail State Park
    Caldwell and Stewart Lake Loop
    Serpent Mound State Memorial
    Ohio Brush Creek Trail
    Shawnee State Forest
    Day Hike and Connector Trail
    Tar Hollow State Park
    Brush Ridge Trail
    Delaware State Park
    Lakeview Trail
    Goll Woods State Nature Preserve
    Toadshade Trail
    Independence Dam State Park
    Towpath and Buckeye Trail
    Kelley’s Island State Park
    Kelley’s Island North Shore Loop Trail
    Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
    Magee Marsh Walking Trail
    Maumee Bay State Park
    Boardwalk Trail
    Miami and Erie Canal Corridor
    Miami and Erie Towpath Trail, Deep Cut to Bloody Bridge
    Mt. Gilead State Park
    Lakeside Trail
    Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
    Sand Dunes Trail
    Sandusky County Park District—Wolf Creek Park
    Wolf Creek Park, Buckeye Trail
    Toledo Metroparks
    Farnsworth to Bend View Metroparks

    About the Author

    Gary S. Williams is a lifelong Ohioan and hiker. Since 1987, he has been actively involved with the Buckeye Trail Association, an all-volunteer group that builds, maintains, and promotes a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around Ohio. In the association, he has been on the board of trustees, a columnist and editor of the organization's Trailblazer newsletter, the head of publicity, a member of the trail building crew, and a section supervisor for a 50-mile section of the Buckeye Trail.

    Williams has a bachelor's degree from Marietta College, a master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, and 25 years of experience as a librarian. As a freelance writer, he has written many articles on Ohio's natural heritage and has self-published four books on early Ohio history: The Forts of Ohio: A Guide to Military Stockades; Spies, Scoundrels, and Rogues of the Ohio Frontier; Historic Tours of Ohio; and Gliding to a Better Place: Profiles From Ohio’s Territorial Era.

    In addition to hiking, Williams enjoys canoeing and cross-country skiing. He resides in Wintersville, Ohio.


    “Not only is Hiking Ohio a perfect guide for Ohio hikers, but history buffs, too, will enjoy Williams’ extensive knowledge of Ohio’s history and Buckeye State lore they’ll find strolling through the book.”

    Steve Stephens-- Columbus Dispatch newspaper – Travel Writer