Flat Fork Ridge Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Flat Fork Ridge Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waynesville, OH that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles 324 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Great hike with views of Caesar Creek Lake, Flat Fork Creek and Falls, woodlands, ravines, and the Pioneer Village. There are times especially in the spring and early summer when Flat Fork Creek is high due to heavier rains and is difficult or even impossible (dangerous) to cross. Flat Fork Creek is about half way between the Flat Fork Ridge parking/picnic area and the Pioneer Village. That said we have hiked this trail during all times of the year. Evem if you cannot cross the creek this hike is still worth the time as the waterfall on Flat Fork Creek is always nice to see.

25 days ago

one of my favorite places to hike

1 month ago

Pretty nice easy trail very pretty

walking
3 months ago

4 months ago

great for someone who just wants to walk in the meadow. the over all raring was moderate but I would have said easy.

5 months ago

it's very peacful place

hiking
6 months ago

The route shown is not the waterfall route. It is a loop through a field.

6 months ago

awesome lol

6 months ago

I simply love it here trails are well maintained and lots of picnic tables and bbq areas lol

1 year ago

This is a well maintained trail. I hiked from the Flat Fork Ridge parking lot to the Horseshoe Falls trail then both the Cove and Peninsula loops before returning. The fall colors are incredible, especially near the lake. My dog Pepper also enjoyed the trail and occasional opportunities to take a swim.

birding
1 year ago

Delightful! This was such a great, peaceful hike and by far one of my favorites in the greater Cincinnati area. I live near downtown and this was a wonderful escape into nature.

We hiked from the picnic area to the pioneer village and back, a total of only about 5 miles according to my gps, in just over 2 hours. We stopped at the falls for a snack and stopped several places along the way to marvel at some of the sights.

This is an easy and overall great hike and it's a perfect length for a quick morning/afternoon hike. I would definitely recommend.

1 year ago

Nice, relaxing run

hiking
1 year ago

Easy trail, nice and peaceful. There are little side trails that you can take to find a nice scenic view, most of those are steep declines/inclines. But a nice little day hike trail. I recommend.

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Gorgeous but I think I got lost. The way I went was only about two miles :(

1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

Great trail, the falls are small but beautiful!

2 years ago

Very fun trail. The pioneer village is really cool. Not too hard, though there are some muddy parts. I would recommend hiking sandels for this trail.

hiking
2 years ago

We hiked this trail to the falls and back as it was very slick and muddy so total length was only about 3 miles. The trail was very well marked and about 2 people wide most of the way. To the falls and back is pretty easy as it's 90% flat and there are plenty of ordovician fossils to be found along the way.

hiking
3 years ago

The trail was pretty, but MAJOR bushwhacking needed. We actually took a large Jogging stroller on the trail and it held up pretty well. With that said we won't be taking on this trail again until my daughter can walk the entire trail her self. :) I also wouldn't recommend anyone else taking a stroller of any kind on this trail. My daughter is 2.5 and is use to long hikes on bump trails but she insisted on walking some of it because it was a little too bumpy. Best of luck and take a camera I got some great shots of a storm coming in at this park.

hiking
3 years ago

This hike has a lot of interesting rock formations and waterfalls that are very unique. It is not a super challenging hike but it is definitely worth going. A big problem I have with this trail though is that it is not at all maintained. I had to virtually crawl through portions of it and still came out all scratched up. But for the dedicated hiker it should not pose too many problems.

hiking
4 years ago

My wife and I have hiked this trail many times and in all seasons of the year. There are often times in the spring and early summer when Flat Fork Creek is impossible to cross due to high water from heavy rains. (Some guides may say there is a suspension bridge over the creek but this has been gone for several years now). The hike is still worth it even if you cannot cross the creek, about half the total distance, though. The waterfall on Flat Fork Creek is nice to view from creek level as well as from the cliff above the creek on the Flat Fork Ridge side. This is just one of many great hikes at Caesar Creek State Park!!!