Vondergreen Trail

Calcutta, Ohio 43920

Vondergreen Trail

Vondergreen Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Little Beaver Creek was the first designated Wild and Scenic River in Ohio. It’s also a national scenic river, and it does not disappoint. The 10-mile out-and-back Vondergreen Trail follows the edge of Little Beaver Creek, providing views of whitewater, steep forested slopes, and plentiful wildlife. The hike begins and ends near Gaston’s Mill and Pioneer Village. It also follows the route of the former Sandy & Beaver Canal, so you will walk by old canal locks as well. The park is excellent for wildlife viewing; if you’re quiet and lucky you might see a bald eagle or a black bear.

Begin the hike with a visit to Gaston’s Mill and Pioneer Village, located near the trailhead. Built in 1830, Gaston’s Mill was one of six mills constructed along this stretch of the Little Beaver Creek (and one of eighty in Columbiana County). During its heyday, the mill ground almost 200 barrels of flour daily. The mill operates today for visitors. Around the mill, visit the log cabin, chapel, one-room school-house, blacksmith shop, trading post, and covered bridge."

Vondergreen Trail Trip Reports

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On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being hard, I would rate this a 3.5. It was a beautiful 3 hour hike covering 7.25 miles of lush, dense woods. The lower leg of the hike was along the Little Beaver Creek providing lots of scenic views . Sprinkled throughout the way were historic locks that allowed the transportation of goods from the South to the North. Overall, a great trail!!!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
About 3.5 to 5 hours
Mid-Apr through mid-Oct
Beaver Creek State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Calcutta
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