Lamping Homestead Trail

Graysville, Ohio 45734

Lamping Homestead Trail

Lamping Homestead Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This 3.5-mile loop trail is one of the most secluded in the state. Begin the hike at the nineteenth-century Lamping family homestead. Walk around a small fish-able pond and into a deciduous forest dotted here and there with white pine plantations. When the Strouds family arrived in Athens County in the early 1800s, they probably came on the Ohio River and then traveled upstream on the Hocking River to the
confluence of what is now known as Strouds Run.

Today an earthen dam has turned the lower portion of Strouds Run into Dow Lake, and Strouds Run State Park offers more than 10 miles of secluded hiking trails just a few minutes away from funky, progressive Athens. The Stroudses and other early settlers followed in the footsteps of the prehistoric Adena people, who built the mounds in the park and throughout the area, and later the Shawnee Nation."

Lamping Homestead Trail Trip Reports

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3/19/2006
What a fun little jaunt...well it would have been if we hadn't been toting full 30 lb packs in a training effort for a week on the AT this coming summer. We approximated distance including the Indian Mound loop to be about 8.5 miles. Parking is available at the beach and have to walk a short distance beyond the parking area to find the trail head which is not clearly marked. The trail seems well used and maintained and is pretty easy going which our winter-softened bodies truly appreciated. We met only about 2 cardio worthy inclines and some very gently ups and downs. Quite alot of the trail was wide enough for us to walk two abreast.
The trail does not completely encircle the lake. In order to avoid finishing off the last 1/4 mile or so on the paved park road, we bushwhacked through thickets on the lake edge using fishing paths and deer paths until we hit the parking lot.
Personal Recommendation: Leisure dayhiking with gentle terrain and even, stable footing for beginning trail-runners, non-athletic types, the very young or aging. Good for dog walkers.
Highlights: Stopped at the dam and had lunch in the picnic area on a table then flew a kite on top of the dam for a nice midday diversion.
Low points: Trying to find the trailhead and wishing the trail went all the way back to the parking lot.
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Trail Information

Graysville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
About 1.5 hours
Duration
Apr through Oct
Season
Wayne National Forest—Athens District– Marietta Unit
Local Contacts
USGS: Graysville
Local Maps