There are so many hiking spots in Ohio, it’ll be hard to choose which ones! We’ve made a list of some of the best to help you decide which ones to hit. Remember to do your own research too!
Hocking Hills State Park
Right next to the Hocking State Forest, this park offers 9 hiking trails and 2 mountain biking trails. Throughout the trail, you’ll get to see gorgeous waterfalls and incredible rock formations. Two of the trails are even handicapped accessible! The trails are open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk!
Burr Oak State Park
The Burr Oak State Park is on almost 2,600 acres of land surrounding the 664-acre Burr Oak Lake. The 7 trails in the park range from easy to moderate in difficulty, with the shortest being less than a mile and the longest being 3.5 miles. There are options to stay in the park--they offer campgrounds, a lodge and several cottages.
Clear Creek Metro Park
This park is home to more than 2,200 different species of plants and animals, so if wildlife viewing is your thing, this is definitely the park for you. The 9 different trails are all pretty short, a maximum of 7 miles in total, however, they range from difficult to challenging. The trails will take you through ravines, hemlock groves, and other beautiful terrains. There are also several picnic areas available to a first come first serve basis.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
This is the only National Park in Ohio, and it’s just under 33,000 acres. There are 125 miles of trails that will take you through many different terrains--wetlands, forests, and old farmland are just some of the things you’ll get to see and hike through! Make sure you get a trail map before you go in! Make sure you do some research--some trails are much more difficult and will require you to cross rivers on stepping stones or log bridges.
Mill Creek Park
This park was established in 1891 and has a 12-acre garden, a lily pond, a golf course, an educational nature center, and three beautiful man-made lakes. It is home to award winning Gorge Trail, which is a 2 mile trail that has a boardwalk and loops around Mill Creek.