Archers Fork Trail

Marietta, Ohio 45750

Archers Fork Trail

Archers Fork Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Located in Wayne National Forest, about 4.5 miles from the junction of OH 26 and OH 260, roughly 30 miles northeast of Marietta. This nine-and-a-half mile loop has much to offer those who like to cycle and explore. On the cycling side, the narrow dirt single-track passes through Irish Run and Jackson Run, affording you excellent views of the wooded hollows deep below.

As you wind around the trail, you'll need bike handling skills to traverse deadfall, rocks, and similar obstacles. You'll see your share of rock outcroppings on a trail cut into the hillside. Most of this trail is rather steep. You'll even encounter a few stream crossings if the weather hasn't been too dry."

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"This 9.5-mile loop trail offers a sampling of the natural, resource, and human history that defines Ohio’s Appalachian region. Start from an old cemetery and walk along ridgetops and in hollows.

Pass two attractive runs, a natural bridge, recess caves, and rock outcroppings surrounded by mountain laurel. Spring wildflowers in this mixed mesophytic forest are outstanding. Hike it in a day or make it into an overnighter, since backcountry camping is allowed in the national forest."

Archers Fork Trail Reviews

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This is a typical Appalachia hike with plenty of hills. Trailhead is a little hard to find but once on the trail it is well marked. Its a fun hike for conditioning your legs. Sometimes crowded on weekends. The USFS has maps down at the Reno, OH office for $1 that show all the trails in the area.
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Got a late start around 3:00 pm. Had difficulty finding trail head. Started out in dense forest with some undulations. Quickly viewed natural bridge and cave and continued on hike. Up and down hills, across fields and creaks, past oil wells, bright sunny patches of clear walking and shady descents into forestry. Beautiful trail. Finished in roughly 5 hours. It was my first hike in a long time and can say that it was strenuous for me. Got lost near to the end as there were some trees down and couldn't find the trail. Ended up running into a guy who works in the park-only person we saw all day-and he pointed us in right direction. Lucky for us as we would have been stranded and darkness was not far away. He also gave us some water as we were out. Thoroughly enjoyed the hike and am planning a winter hike on it in January 2009. Great fun!

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Trail Information

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300 feet
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The weather in the fall is more moderate and the ground is drier than at other times of the year. In May, ticks are prevalent.
US Forest Service, 740-373-9055
Local Contacts
For fifty cents, the Marietta Ranger District will send you a map. USGS Rinard Mills.
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Nov 2018