Vesuvius Lakeshore Trail

Wayne National Forest, Ohio

Elevation Gain3,659ft
Trailhead Elevation645ft
Elevation Min/Max578/710ft
Elevation Start/End645/654ft

Vesuvius Lakeshore Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Scenic Vista.

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"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."

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This trail isn't really tough at all, but it can be taxing due to its length. Walking lakeshore for the majority of the hike is so nice and the views are beautiful. It can be muddy in spots and it is a buggy place, so check for ticks and bring bug spray. I bet it is incredible in the autumn when the leaves are changing.
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Great moderate trail with beautiful views of water, large rocks, flora. Well marked, well worn in most places. It sprinkled rain most of the time we were on the trail, but we were sheltered by the forest canopy and never got wet! Muddy in places...come prepared. Hiked this trail in 3.5 hours with kids, including a 4-year-old on foot.
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This is a beautiful hike even in the dead of winter. There are a few steep sections that give this trail a bit of a challenge, but it's worth it. The trail was extremely muddy the day I visited which I hadn't expected because it had been a few days since the last rain. I didn't like the fact that you have to cross the highway from the parking lot. Be careful with the crossing if you have children or dogs with you, it is a busy road.

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Trail Information

Wayne National Forest
Nearby City
Wayne National Forest
Skill Level
Wayne National Forest—Ironton Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS: Ironton
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