Best Hiking in Ohio

This list represents the most popular hiking in Ohio. Use this list to plan your next Ohio hiking 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

    10 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 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 ...

  • #11 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 ...

  • #12 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. ...

  • #13 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 ...

  • #14 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 ...

  • #15 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 ...

  • #16 The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

    2 Reviews

    Cleveland, OH

    Located amid Shaker and Cleveland Heights, this preserved wilderness was nearly wiped out in the 1960s by a proposed freeway. Now dirt trails and boardwalks lead visitors past the nature center ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Located amid Shaker and Cleveland Heights, this preserved wilderness was nearly wiped out in the 1960s by a proposed freeway. ...

  • #17 Harkers Run to Bachelor Preserve East Loop

    4 Reviews

    Oxford, OH

    You don’t have to go back to school to make the most of Miami University’s campus. This walk in the woods is literally within walking distance of uptown Oxford, and part of the campus’s “greenbelt.” ...
    •  About 1 to 2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    You don’t have to go back to school to make the most of Miami University’s campus. This walk in the woods is literally within ...

  • #18 Lake View Cemetery & Little Italy

    2 Reviews

    Cleveland, OH

    A cemetery is an unlikely tourist attraction, but Lake View’s history and incredible beauty draw thousands each year. Lake View was designed after the garden cemeteries of Victorian England and ...
    •  1-3 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A cemetery is an unlikely tourist attraction, but Lake View’s history and incredible beauty draw thousands each year. Lake ...

  • #19 Logan Trail—North Loop

    5 Reviews

    Adelphi, OH

    The 12.1-mile north loop of the Logan Trail begins and ends at a fire tower that you can climb to get a view of the deciduous forest unfolding in all directions. But the beauty is in the details. ...
    •  About 4 to 6 hours
    •  12.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The 12.1-mile north loop of the Logan Trail begins and ends at a fire tower that you can climb to get a view of the deciduous ...

  • #20 Five Oaks to Kokomo Wetland Trail

    2 Reviews

    Lithopolis, OH

    Slate Run Metro Park is an outstanding example of environmental restoration. Just twenty years ago, most of this park was a cornfield. Today it combines 6.6 miles’ worth of park trails through ...
    •  About 2.5 to 3.5 hours
    •  6.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Slate Run Metro Park is an outstanding example of environmental restoration. Just twenty years ago, most of this park was ...