River Loop to Scenic River Trail

Newport, Ohio 45768

River Loop to Scenic River Trail

River Loop to Scenic River Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Think Appalachia—hollows, coal mines, bluegrass music, rural life. Now think Appalachian Ohio. Yep, there is such a thing, and Wayne National Forest lies in the heart of Ohio’s hill country. Hike the River Loop to Scenic River Trail and walk through a microcosm of the natural, human, and resource history that defines this region.

Start from the banks of the Ohio River and ascend to the ridgetop through a mixed mesophytic forest. Walk past gas pumps and through rock gardens before returning to the river. Hike it in a day or make it into an overnighter, since backcountry camping is allowed in the national forest."

River Loop to Scenic River Trail Trip Reports

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10/9/2011
We took the olds hollow trail and part of the exterior peninsula trail. It was very pleasant and interesting because there were lots of mushrooms along the way. We saw fly aminitas and giant mushroom fairy rings ( up to 60 feet in diameter). We also saw red rusalas and blue lactarius.
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7/17/2010
The trail was a good trail for a beginner to do a solo trek. Very nice scenery and various points of interest.
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Trail Information

Newport
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
11.4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
About 4 to 6 hours
Duration
Mid-Apr through mid-Oct
Season
Wayne National Forest— Athens District–Marietta Unit
Local Contacts
USGS: Newport
Local Maps

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