Archers Fork Trail

New Matamoras, Ohio 45734

Archers Fork Trail

Archers Fork Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 Trip Reports

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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

New Matamoras
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 to 5 hours
Best mid-April through mid-October
Wayne National Forest, Marietta District
Local Contacts
USGS Rinard Mills
Local Maps

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