Hemlock Gorge Trail

Ashland County, Ohio 44813

Distance2.2mi
Elevation Gain375ft
Trailhead Elevation968ft
Top994ft
Elevation Min/Max937/994ft
Elevation Start/End968/968ft

Hemlock Gorge Trail

Hemlock Gorge Trail is a hiking trail in Ashland County, Ohio. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 968 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 375 feet.

Hemlock Gorge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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 than 300 feet deep. The meltwaters from the edge of the last glacier helped to carve out this gorge. Its natural features include sandstone outcroppings, hemlocks, sycamores, oaks, and rare virgin white pine stands that have earned the area Registered National Natural Landmark status.

Begin by walking the Hemlock Gorge Trail along the Clear Fork of the Mohican River, which runs through a glacial meltwater gorge that’s 300 feet deep. Its natural features include sandstone outcroppings, hemlocks, sycamores, oaks, and rare virgin white pine stands. Continue on the Lyons Falls Trail and walk into a recess cave under Big Lyons Falls and then to the top of Little Lyons Falls, which pour into a box canyon. Return on this loop to the covered bridge, where you’ll again meet the Hemlock Gorge Trail."

Hemlock Gorge Trail Reviews

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7/11/2018
This is absolutely lovely trail that takes some time to complete but there's not a lot of elevation gain and the hike winds through shady green forests and along a river which helps keep you cool in the summer. The best time to go is in the spring/early summer when there are wildflowers. There's usually people around hiking, fishing and birding but the trail never feels crowded which I love. The falls and the covered bridge make for some excellent photography spots too.
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5/28/2011
An awesome hike! You can make it longer if you start at the very front of the park and add the Northern Rim Loop. It says it's 1 mile but my GPS had it down at over 1.3 so if you take it back and forth you can add 2.6 miles to the trip. That was also the most hilly portion so it was good to get that strenuous exercise. The rest of the trail was great, saw plenty of wildlife and even on Memorial Day weekend I only ran into a few people. The falls were awesome, also adding the trip to the Dam from the Falls and then taking the trail down the opposite side of the creek and reconnecting at the bridge adds more length. In all my GPS calculated 13.75 miles.
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5/9/2008
First time at this park, continued on to Lyons Falls, both upper and lower. The waterfalls were awsum. Beautifull. Did a couple of geocaches. Photography was excellent. Lots of wildlife, old growth trees. Beautiful trail.
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9/1/2007
Upon entering the main campground, you can access the Upper Rim trail (right near the ranger station). The North Rim trail meets up with the Hemlock Gorge trail, just past the shower house. The Upper Rim trail is one-mile each way and gives a good ascent and descent.
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3/30/2007
I agree with the previous reviewers, this is a great local trail. We made the return trip more challenging by following the Fire Tower trail (at the covered bridge).
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10/30/2006
This trail has got to be a highlight for anyone in Ohio, especially if you can't travel to the southern part of the state. The hike is through a beautiful gorge along the Mohican River. The trail connects to the Lyons Falls trail. A slight climb to the falls, with the trail passing under and behind the falls and then some stone steps up to the top of the slope. Would be a wonderful stopping place on a hot day. Trail is well marked, fairly good surface. Some trees down from last year's tornado, but nothing that can't be managed. Some muddy spots. We were told that area can flood under some circumstances, so wise idea to pay attention to water level of river. There is a dam upstream from campground and they apparently will release water without notice. Granted, we were there on a weekday in October, there was no one else there except a few fishermen. Could be more crowded in the summer since it is a state park and there are several campgrounds nearby and at the trailheads.
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8/15/2006
well-maintained trail which high-lighted the dam, two small falls, and a covered bridge. The entire hike, about 10 miles, ran along the Mohican river. The trail was mostly shady and wild-life was abundant. Excellant for novices.
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Trail Information

Ashland County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Mohican State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Loudonville
Local Maps

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Jul 2018