Vondergreen Trail

Calcutta, Ohio

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Calcutta
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: About 3.5 to 5 hours
Season: Mid-Apr through mid-Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Beaver Creek State Park
Local Maps: USGS: Calcutta

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9/16/2017
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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