Big Woods Hike at Hueston Woods State Park

College Corner, Ohio 45003

Big Woods Hike at Hueston Woods State Park

Big Woods Hike at Hueston Woods State Park Professional Guide

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"This hike travels through what is considered to be the largest stand of old-growth forest in Ohio. Hikers wander the Big Woods through Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve, enjoying large sugar maples, red oaks, and beech trees.

Reach Sugar Camp, an old-time maple syrup tapping house on the shores of Acton Lake. Pick up the West Shore Trail where an undulating path offers multiple views and solitude. After backtracking, you will take new trails with yet more big trees before returning to the trailhead."

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"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 River. The ensuing years have seen great change in the natural landscape. Today almost every tree that was growing in Ohio when Europeans arrived has been cut. Not so at Hueston Woods. Hike the 2.3-mile Big Woods and Sugar Bush trail system to see a virgin beech-maple forest. The Hueston family homesteaded this spot and farmed most of it but kept some woods for maple sugaring. Thanks to that and the work of conservationists, you can now hike a trail through this spectacular bit of forest. Hueston Woods contains a 200-acre tract of virgin and "near virgin" (lightly and selectively timbered) forest, a rarity in Ohio's western Till Plains region, where 95 percent of the original forests are now agricultural fields or urban areas. Enjoy this short hike along the Big Woods Trail for both a respite from modern-day life and a look into the former landscape of this region."
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"The American Discovery portion of this trail will be impassable if there has been rainfall or flooding. Wipe your shoes to prevent the spread of weed seeds before entering the preserve."

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6/22/2014
An enjoyable, but fairly strenuous hike along the west shore of the lake. You will see a lot of wild birds fishing along the shore and bull frogs that dive into the water when you disturb them. The rating is due to that fact that the trails are not very well marked.
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7/1/2012
This trail is closeby, well marked and well maintained. I really enjoy it.
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3/12/2010
A hidden gem in the Dayton area. A beautiful trail, well maintained, easy to follow and clearly marked. I drove from Columbus and seeing the Three Sisters was worth the trip. A variety of intersecting trails makes for many options. Come on a weekday to avoid the crowds.
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10/31/2009
Great place to hike, directions easy to follow and you feel safe. Nature every where and the views are beautiful. Highly recommend for beginners.
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Trail Information

College Corner
Nearby City
5.2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2.5-3.5hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Hueston Woods State Park, 6301 Park Office Rd., College Corner, OH 45003; (513) 523-6347; parks.ohiodnr.gov/huestonwoods
Local Contacts
Hueston Woods Trail Map; USGS College Corner, Oxford.
Local Maps