Mount Gilead State Park Hike

Mount Gilead, Ohio

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This state park trek, located just outside the quaint town of Mount Gilead, presents a loop touring a variety of terrain, from lakeshore and creek bottom to hills and wetlands. Start the hike by cruising the shore of Mount Gilead Lake, then turn up Whetstone Creek. The excursion wanders amid a tight trail network before returning to Mount Gilead Lake. It then traverses scenic high blu?s above the impoundment and circles the upper drainage and wetlands of Sams Creek. The ?nal leg of the hike leads through the park’s campground and day-use facilities, along park roads, before returning to the trailhead. Consider bringing camping gear and make an overnighter of it, including a venture into town.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This state park trek, located just outside the quaint town of Mount Gilead, presents a loop touring a variety of terrain, from lakeshore and creek bottom to hills and wetlands. Start the hike by cruising the shore of Mount Gilead Lake, then turn up Whetstone Creek. The excursion wanders amid a tight trail network before returning to Mount Gilead Lake.

It then traverses scenic high blu?s above the impoundment and circles the upper drainage and wetlands of Sams Creek. The ?nal leg of the hike leads through the park’s campground and day-use facilities, along park roads, before returning to the trailhead. Consider bringing camping gear and make an overnighter of it, including a venture into town.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Gilead
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Gilead State Park, 4119 OH 95, Mount Gilead, OH 43338; (740) 548-4631 (Alum Creek SP office); (419) 946-1961 (Mount Gilead SP camp office, open in warm season); www.dnr.state.ohio.us
Local Maps: Mount Gilead State Park; USGS Mount Gilead
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Gilead State Park Hike

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