Vesuvius Lakeshore Trail is a hiking trail in Lawrence County, Ohio. It is within Wayne National Forest. It is 7.8 miles long and begins at 645 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,659 feet. The Vesuvius Cemetery (elevation 673 feet) grave yard can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Lake Vesuvius (elevation 636 feet) reservoir.
Vesuvius Lakeshore Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Take the 7.8-mile Lake Vesuvius Lakeshore Trail all the way around the reservoir, beginning and ending at the Vesuvius Furnace. This sandstone blast furnace was used to smelt iron ore in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Well-known Ohio ecologist E. Lucy Braun first studied this area in the 1920s and took note of its ecological significance, particularly the remnant prairie plant species found along edge areas with calcium-rich dolomite as a bedrock. Globally rare plant species include ear-leafed foxglove and juniper sedge. Endangered animals Trail to Buzzardroost Rock The rewarding view from atop Buzzardroost Rock overlooks the Brush Creek Valley. found here include green salamanders and eastern woodrats."
--Mary Reed, Hiking Ohio (Falcon Guides).
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