Best Trails of Ohio

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

  • #1 Peninsula to Olds Hollow Trail

    8 Reviews

    Zaleski, OH

    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, ...
    •  About 1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Lake Hope is a dammed, salamander-shaped body of water that’s the central feature of this state park, which is adjacent to ...

  • #2 Glen Helen Loop Trail

    11 Reviews

    Yellow Springs, OH

    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. When you hike along this portion of the Little ...
    •  About 2 hours
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Glen Helen is Antioch College’s very own land laboratory. Like nearby Clifton Gorge, the glen was created by glacial meltwaters ...

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

    9 Reviews

    Logan, OH

    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 ...
    •  About 5 to 7 hours
    •  10.6 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #4 Wingfoot Lake State Park

    3 Reviews

    Cleveland, OH

    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 ...
    •  35 minutes
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This property was operated as a recreation area for employees of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for several decades. When ...

  • #5 Lookout to Geology Trail Loop

    3 Reviews

    Milford, OH

    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 ...
    •  About 1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    When young Carl Krippendorf came down with typhoid in the late 1800s, his family doctor recommended that Carl get out of ...

  • #6 Buckeye Trail: Red Lock to Blue Hen Falls to Boston Store

    7 Reviews

    Peninsula, OH

    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 ...
    •  About 3 to 5 hours
    •  8.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Upgraded from national recreation area to national park in 2000, Cuyahoga Valley National Park straddles a 22-mile north–south ...

  • #7 Hinckley Lake to Whipps Ledges Trail Loop

    2 Reviews

    Brunswick, OH

    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 ...
    •  About 2.5 to 3.5 hours
    •  6.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Hinckley Reservation is one of the best known in the Cleveland Metroparks system. The reservation gets its fifteen minutes ...

  • #8 Overlook and Dripping Rock Trails

    3 Reviews

    Columbus, OH

    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 ...
    •  About 2 to 3 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Highbanks gets its name from the towering shale riverbanks that rise from the Olentangy, a state scenic river. Your best ...

  • #9 Earthworks Trail to Sun Serpent Effigy

    3 Reviews

    Lebanon, OH

    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 ...
    •  About 1.5 to 2 hours
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Take a 3.4-mile out-and-back trail beginning at the earthworks constructed by the prehistoric Hopewell Indians. Follow the ...

  • #10 Alum Creek State Park Mountain Bike Trail

    3 Reviews

    Columbus, OH

    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 ...
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Located twelve miles north of Columbus from the Interstate 270 beltway. There's a two-mile loop designed for beginning riders ...

  • #11 Beechwood to Red Oak Trail Loop

    6 Reviews

    Cincinnati, OH

    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 ...
    •  About 1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the few hikes in Ohio accessible by public transportation, Mount Airy Forest is an oasis of greenspace within the ...

  • #12 Oak Openings Hiking Trail

    3 Reviews

    Whitehouse, OH

    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 ...
    •  About 5 to 8 hours
    •  15.4 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #13 Trailing Along the Little Miami

    4 Reviews

    Loveland, OH

    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 ...
    •  26 miles
    •  Guide

    Southwestern Ohio is blessed with a Little Miami River. This beautiful peaceful river has long been a canoeist's delight, ...

  • #14 Hemlock to Creekside Meadows Loop

    6 Reviews

    Lancaster, OH

    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 ...
    •  About 1 to 1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    As you drive southeast from Columbus on US 33, the flat landscape is abruptly interrupted by short but steep ridges and hollows. ...

  • #15 Alum Creek State Park

    4 Reviews

    Delaware, OH

    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 ...
    •  30 min. - 2 hours, depending on which trails you ride
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    When it's dry, Alum Creek and its network of trails provide a fun, fast, and twisty ride through the woods of central Ohio. ...

  • #16 Little Miami Scenic River Trail

    1 Reviews

    Morrow, OH

    The goes from Kroger Hill to Spring Valley, following the Little Miami River. If you like family rides, this multi-purpose trail is perfect for you. This 50-mile each way (100 miles total) o ...
    •  100 miles
    •  Guide

    The goes from Kroger Hill to Spring Valley, following the Little Miami River. If you like family rides, this multi-purpose ...

  • #17 Flat Fork Ridge Trail to Pioneer Village

    4 Reviews

    Waynesville, OH

    Caesar Creek State Park’s 50-plus miles of developed hiking, mountain biking, and bridle trails make it difficult to choose just one route. More than 50 miles of developed trails circle 10,000-acre ...
    •  About 2 to 3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Caesar Creek State Park’s 50-plus miles of developed hiking, mountain biking, and bridle trails make it difficult to choose ...

  • #18 Towpath Trek

    3 Reviews

    Peninsula, OH

    Running through downtown Cleveland to Lake Erie is the Cuyahoga River, which gained notoriety in the 1970s, when it was so polluted it caught fire. Ohio has cleaned up the lake and the river ...
    •  14.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Running through downtown Cleveland to Lake Erie is the Cuyahoga River, which gained notoriety in the 1970s, when it was so ...

  • #19 Big Woods and Sugar Bush Trails

    3 Reviews

    Oxford, OH

    It’s said that when Europeans first set foot on North American soil, a squirrel could climb into the forest canopy at the Atlantic Ocean and not touch the ground again until it hit the Mississippi ...
    •  About 1 to 1.5 hours
    •  2.3 miles
    •  Guide

    It’s said that when Europeans first set foot on North American soil, a squirrel could climb into the forest canopy at the ...

  • #20 Orange Trail

    1 Reviews

    Germantown, OH

    Grab your sun hat and binoculars, then head out to Twin Creek MetroPark, whose restored meadows allow expansive views of the Twin Valley and beyond. This varied hike takes you through these meadows, ...
    •  About 2 to 3 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Grab your sun hat and binoculars, then head out to Twin Creek MetroPark, whose restored meadows allow expansive views of ...