Best Trails of Ohio

This list represents the most popular trails in Ohio (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next Ohio outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Peninsula to Olds Hollow Trail


Lake Hope is a dammed, salamander-shaped body of water that’s the central feature of this state park, which is adjacent to Zaleski State Forest. Begin a 4.2-mile day hike from the Hope Furnace, a left…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ohio"
Zaleski, OH - Hiking - 4.2 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Glen Helen Loop Trail


Glen Helen is Antioch College’s very own land laboratory. Like nearby Clifton Gorge, the glen was created by glacial meltwaters 10,000 years ago. On a 4.4-mile loop that takes you downstream along Yel…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ohio"
Yellow Springs, OH - Hiking - 4.4 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Grandma Gatewood Trail—Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave


Begin walking the 5 miles from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave and it won’t take long to see why this is one of the state’s most popular trails. Descend into Old Man’s Creek Gorge and walk by rock features…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ohio"
Logan, OH - Hiking - 10.6 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Wingfoot Lake State Park


This property was operated as a recreation area for employees of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for several decades. When it opened (again) in 2010 as Ohio’s 74th state park, interest in its history w…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cleveland"
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - 1.5 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#5. Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail


Located eight miles south of Cleveland. This 20-mile each way (40 miles total) out-and-back trail follows the remnants of the Ohio and Erie Canal, located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation A…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Cleveland, OH - Mountain Biking - 40 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#6. Lookout to Geology Trail Loop


When young Carl Krippendorf came down with typhoid in the late 1800s, his family doctor recommended that Carl get out of Cincinnati and recuperate in the fresh air of the countryside. Carl’s well-to-d…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ohio"
Milford, OH - Hiking - 3.5 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Hemlock Gorge to Lyons Falls Trail


Make a 9.3-mile lollipop to explore many of the main attractions at Mohican State Park. The centerpiece of Mohican State Park is the Clear Fork of the Mohican River, which runs through a gorge more th…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ohio"
Loudonville, OH - Hiking - 9.3 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Buckeye Trail: Red Lock to Blue Hen Falls to Boston Store


Upgraded from national recreation area to national park in 2000, Cuyahoga Valley National Park straddles a 22-mile north–south section of the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron. Tracing a line…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ohio"
Peninsula, OH - Hiking - 8.7 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. Earthworks Trail to Sun Serpent Effigy


Take a 3.4-mile out-and-back trail beginning at the earthworks constructed by the prehistoric Hopewell Indians. Follow the earthworks and then descend a forested slope to the Little Miami Scenic Trail…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ohio"
Lebanon, OH - Hiking - 3.4 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#10. Overlook and Dripping Rock Trails


Highbanks gets its name from the towering shale riverbanks that rise from the Olentangy, a state scenic river. Your best bet to see the unusual bowling ball–like rock concretions that jut out of the s…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ohio"
Columbus, OH - Hiking - 5.8 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#11. Alum Creek State Park Mountain Bike Trail


Located twelve miles north of Columbus from the Interstate 270 beltway. There's a two-mile loop designed for beginning riders and a five-mile connecting loop for intermediate riders. You'll like testi…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Columbus, OH - Mountain Biking - 9 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#12. Hinckley Lake to Whipps Ledges Trail Loop


Hinckley Reservation is one of the best known in the Cleveland Metroparks system. The reservation gets its fifteen minutes of fame every year with the return of the buzzards. For locals, its 25 miles…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ohio"
Brunswick, OH - Hiking - 6.7 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Beechwood to Red Oak Trail Loop


One of the few hikes in Ohio accessible by public transportation, Mount Airy Forest is an oasis of greenspace within the heart of greater Cincinnati. Combine several trails to make a 3.6-mile loop aro…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ohio"
Cincinnati, OH - Hiking - 3.6 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#14.  Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath & Quarry Trails & Peninsula History


Peninsula displays the well-preserved vestiges of a canal-era and railroad town, while serving as a portal into the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Some folks say Peninsula has a lock on history. Actua…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cleveland"
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - 3.1 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#15. Oak Openings Hiking Trail


If you’re an über-hiker, tackle it in a day, but if you’re a mere mortal, take two days to explore this long and winding path. Walk along inland sand dunes (a signature characteristic of the oak openi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ohio"
Whitehouse, OH - Hiking - 15.4 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#16. Trailing Along the Little Miami


Southwestern Ohio is blessed with a Little Miami River. This beautiful peaceful river has long been a canoeist's delight, and it has been designated a national scenic river as well as an Ohio state pa…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Ohio"
Loveland, OH - Road Biking - 26 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#17. Hemlock to Creekside Meadows Loop


As you drive southeast from Columbus on US 33, the flat landscape is abruptly interrupted by short but steep ridges and hollows. This topographic change marks where the last glacier ended—where Midwes…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ohio"
Lancaster, OH - Hiking - 3 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. Stanford House to Brandywine Falls


Approaching Brandywine Falls from Stanford House on foot is one of the nicest experiences you can have in the Cuyahoga Valley. Take this 3.6-mile lollipop to the 67-foot cascade, a signature attractio…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ohio"
Peninsula, OH - Hiking - 3.6 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#19. Alum Creek State Park


When it's dry, Alum Creek and its network of trails provide a fun, fast, and twisty ride through the woods of central Ohio. There are no major climbs - a good thing for beginning cyclists - but there…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike America: Ohio"
Delaware, OH - Mountain Biking - 10 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#20. Vulture's Knob


This is one of the most technical and fun rides in the state. Riders need to be attentive at all times. Even the fast and seemingly easy sections have jumps and drops that can catch an unsuspecting ri…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike America: Ohio"
Wooster, OH - Mountain Biking - 6.9 miles Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press