Best Backpacking in Ohio

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

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#1. Kings Island, OH


Just northeast of Cincinnati is the Kings Island recreation area, including and centering upon Paramount’s Kings Island itself. This amusement park rivals the Disney operations in Florida and Californ…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Cincinnati"
Mason, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#2. Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH


The downtown area of Dayton encompasses, within a few blocks, the confluence of the Mad River, the Stillwater River, and Wolf Creek into the Great Miami River. Some two dozen downtown bridges spanning…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Cincinnati"
Dayton, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#3. Lebanon, The Vineyards, and Fort Ancient State Memorial, OH


Vineyards again are blooming in the Ohio Valley, as they did in the early nineteenth century, and wineries have emerged to produce very creditable varieties of wines. Two such wineries are clustered a…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Cincinnati"
Lebanon, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#4. Urbana and West Liberty, Ohio


Urbana, Ohio, is the picture of small-town America. In Urbana, complete strangers smile and wave as if they know you. The town square, built around a monument, is encircled by unique, locally owned sh…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Cincinnati"
Urbana, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#5. Yellow Springs, Clifton, Wilberforce, and Xenia, Ohio


Yellow Springs is a community that is fertile with artistic, spiritual, and intellectual freedom. Psychics, artists, musicians, and teachers find that Yellow Springs offers a friendly climate and a nu…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Cincinnati"
Xenia, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#6. Cincinnati & Fairfield, OH, and Newport & Covington, KY


Cincinnati seems like a stretch for a day trip because it is in another state, but it is really less than two hours away. Situated on the Ohio River, the city, founded in 1788, was the first capital o…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Indianapolis"
Cincinnati, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#7. Columbus, Ohio


Columbus is Ohio’s capital and largest city, with a metropolitan area touching seven counties, covering 3,584 square miles, and including almost 1.4 million residents. Thanks to aggressive annexation…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Cincinnati"
Columbus, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#8. Port Clinton, South & Middle Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Pelee Island, Lakeside, and Marblehead


What’s up, dock? Plenty, particularly if you like fishing and boating. The Lake Erie island area is a sporting paradise, even during the cold months, when ice fishing occurs. Thanks to high nutrient l…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Columbus"
Port Clinton, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#9. Millersburg, Berlin, Wilmot, Walnut Creek, Sugarcreek, and Charm


“Wilkummin” to the twenty-first century. By many accounts, Ohio has the largest concentration of Amish and Mennonites in the world. And they’re well organized and savvy when it comes to tourism; some…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Columbus"
Walnut Creek, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#10. Columbus and the Districts


It’s listed among Fodor’s top picks for overlooked/underrated places to visit during the cold months but Columbus has plenty to offer year-round. Downtown alone is worthy of serious touring, although…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Columbus"
Columbus, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#11. Logan and Rockbridge


Few locales can claim beauty year-round, but the Hocking Hills are such a place. Winding roads reveal frozen waterfalls and pristine snow in the winter; verdant, leafy coolness and gushing gorges in t…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Columbus"
Rockbridge, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#12. Comeback City: Cleveland


Once called the “Mistake on the Lake” and the butt of national jokes because of pollution, financial instability, and race riots, Cleveland certainly has come a long way, baby. Public and private sect…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Columbus"
Cleveland, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#13. Bath, Peninsula, Sagamore Hills, and Aurora


This region has both the old and the new: Amish history, skiing, shopping (crafts and outlets), amusement parks, and more. The recent absorption of Sea World into Six Flags amusement park makes it eve…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Columbus"
Aurora, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#14. Mansfield, Lucas, Perrysville, and Loudonville


Two of Ohio’s most charming and diverse state parks are located within a few miles of each other. Malabar Farm State Park is the world-famous home of author and celebrity-monger Louis Bromfield and of…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Columbus"
Loudonville, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#15. Newark, Nashport, Frazeysburg, Dresden, Coshocton


Attractions in this area include: Longaberger Home Office, Blackhand Gorge, Dawes Arboretum, Moundbuilders State Memorial, A Place Off the Square, Cherry Valley Lodge, Longaberger Golf Club, Longaberg…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Columbus"
Coshocton, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#16. Hillsboro, Bainbridge, and Chillicothe, Ohio


The gentle hills of south-central Ohio rise perceptibly as the traveler nears the Appalachian counties, cresting in such summits as Washburn Mountain, Rattlesnake Knob, and the peak that appears on th…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Cincinnati"
Chillicothe, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#17. Peebles, Seaman, Manchester, West Union, and Lynx


Adams County is the kind of place where someone can tell you to turn left at a certain hill and go right at stand of trees, and you’ll locate your destination. The region consists of several small tow…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Columbus"
West Union, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#18. West Liberty, Zanesfield, Bellefontaine, and Lakeview


For diversity, Logan County is tough to beat: Along with skiing and snowboarding in the winter, you can romp at the lake and go horse-back riding during the warm months. There are two caverns and two…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Columbus"
Bellefontaine, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#19. The Roller Coast: Sandusky and Cedar Point


If you want to go around in circles, the Sandusky–Cedar Point area is the place, what with all the merry-go-rounds and roller coasters. Several of the few remaining hand-carved antique carousels in th…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Columbus"
Sandusky, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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#20. Vandalia, Springfield, and Cedar Bog, Ohio


Vandalia, settled in 1838, was one of many towns to spring up along The National Road, and it is now the world headquarters of the Amateur Trapshooting Association. Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve (ca…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Cincinnati"
Springfield, OH - Backpacking, Hiking
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