Great Seal State Park is dedicated to the wilderness spirit of Ohio The history of the Shawnee nation and Ohio's early statehood is centered in these rugged hills Challenging trails take visitors to scenic vistas of distant ridgetops and the Scioto Valley below These very hills are depicted on the Great Seal of the State of Ohio, from which the park gets its name
Bunker Hill Trail is a nice hike around with a couple of points to climb to the top. The approach to this trail has a bit of a steep climb to Mark R. Otherwise, once on the trail you experience little change in elevation. There are plenty of mountain bikers on this trail - so be ready for some who approach quickly.
Enjoy this mix of elevation - with half the trail a steep ascent and the other half fairly flat. It's a short point-to-point trail with some possible sighting of dear, a pond (near Marker CC), and some quiet paths deep in the forest. There can be the occasional mountain biker - so be attentive.
For the Mt. Ives Connector trail - Fun edge walking with the thrill of some steep hillsides. It's a narrow trail at times as you wind your way up Mt. Ives from Marker W. It's worth the ascent up Mt. Ives Trail to take this connector trail to the Shawnee Ridge Trail. During the winter months you can see some great views of the surrounding hillside. During the rest of the year, the forest is dense and provides great solitude in your hike. There can be an occasional mountain biker - albeit rare.
If you want a short walk, run, or trail exercising -- this is the trail for you! With several stations peppered along this trail for added workouts, you can get all your exercise needs in one stop. Plus, the added views of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Trail path is wide and easy to navigate.
Enjoyable hike with a burst of strenuous activity about midway through. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain for a challenge that will leave you sweating on the coldest of days. Reach the top for some great glimpses of the surrounding foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Bring a hammock in the milder months and enjoy a nice breeze and a nap. For this hike, it was a cold day (~25 F) and still enjoyed it all!
Great Seal was a fun and challenging hike. We started at parking lot B (I think) and worked our way through small hills and then up the side of a relatively small, but steep elevation. Getting to the top wasn't easy but the view and accomplishment was well worth it!
We hiked south from the camp ground on the blue trail all the way to southern point of the trail. We then came back on mostly blue trail but added a few others in there to mix it up at times. We hiked 15 miles in all & it was awesome. Some parts of the trails are extremely steep & challenging but worth the effort. Trails marked well for the most part. Will definitely be hiking here again.
Moderate / Advanced trail. Great inclines and good terrain features. It will test your land navigational skill so be prepared to have a trail map and do some terrain association since the trails are marked bellow eye level and at times on the rocks. (Ground)
We packed day packs and took a a light lunch. Look for the camp sites of the yellow / blue trails.
Last but not least if you go the day after a rain - pack extra socks and pants. Muddy - muddy and more mud
This is a great hike close to the city. Strenuous due to steep grades ,quite, great views, First time here we went across and back fairly easy other than the steep hills! Beautiful rock formations and plenty of big trees! You can get maps at the trail head or main entrance.
I thought this park was pretty nice. It was secluded and had some awesome viewpoints, and had some really challenging hills that made for a great workout. It had nice scenery and was fairly well-kept, and also had lots of trails that were loops - which are nice so you never see the same thing twice. Overall not a stunning place, but a very nice park especially for those who are training for a big hike or who want to get away for a while.