Hargus Lake Trail

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Hargus Lake Trail is a 8.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Circleville, OH that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, fishing, and canoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.5 miles 720 feet Loop

dog friendly

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

walking

lake

views

bugs

A.W. Marion State Park features a scenic 5 mile loop. This trail has a few good views of Hargus Lake, some tougher hills (with stairs), plenty of geocaching, and is very friendly to dogs. Hargus has lots of fishing, a lively marina, great camping, and picnicking in many spots. For more information visit: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/awmarion/tabid/712/Default.aspx

24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful fall color. Not difficult except for getting around a couple muddy areas.

2 months ago

Great trail, good place to fish, perfect for a few hours out with a dog!

5 months ago

fun little walk.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Good trail for hiking or trail running. Can be very muddy

7 months ago

8 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. Very peaceful place, not a lot of people. It is totally dog friendly and you can see the water the entire time.

hiking
1 year ago

Hiked these trails today with my wife .A few things upset me a little! 1. Covered dog poop on trail with a big rock! 2. Thought world war 3 was goin on at the S>E> end of the lake! 3.Met hunters on the trail with guns.This is a beautiful place to relax and unwind. Just not today!!!!

1 year ago

Quaint trail for a very pleasant hike. No elevation change, well-worn, easy trail but with some really nice scenery. I stayed at the campground on the opposite side of the lake and literally started the trail from my camp site. Nice quick morning hike with dogs before hitting the road.

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Amazing trail to hike with a lake view for the most part. Quiet difficult to run as the trail had a lot of tree roots above ground.

hiking
1 year ago

Had a great time out on the trails! The lake is beautiful.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice trail for a quick hike! Please keep your pets on a leash,IT IS THE LAW! And if your to lazy to pick up the poo Please just kick it off the trail. Other than that there is a gun range on the south side of the lake. Should be no problems they shoot away from the trail! Been coming here for years no major problems...

hiking
2 years ago

1 mile yellow loop / 3.8 blue trail around the lake / 6 mileish orange trail that ends with an awkward squiggle to the side / shallow woodland area lake with picnic areas and a couple tiny islands in the middle

hiking
3 years ago

great trail. I run it all the time. the sign says it's five miles, But I've gps' d it and so have others and it's really only 4 miles

hiking
3 years ago

great place to explore

hiking
3 years ago

Love it, very pretty and a wonderful place to explore the outdoors

hiking
3 years ago

Great trail to hike. Annoying people with unleashed dogs. Bring a stick just in case.

hiking
4 years ago

I agree with the other reviews on the pleasantness and ease of the <5 mile loop. That loop is the official trail and it is marked with blue blazes. What I enjoy about hiking at Hargus is finding the unofficial, "hidden" red (orange) paths. Their total length is about 6 miles around the lake. If you include the unofficial, wooded path hidden in the official loop west, southwest of the dam, it approaches 7 miles. The red trail has more secluded natural beauty, especially the section that runs east of the campground. I love letting my dogs run free on the red paths. There are spring fed creeks in addition to the lake where they can cool off. Good luck finding the red blazes and if you do, take along a stick with which to brush away the spider webs from the trails.

hiking
4 years ago

When I want to get out, and don't feel like traveling far, this is a good 5 mile walk. Trail isn't difficult at all, couple of smallish hills and there is a section along the eastern part of the trail that gets pretty muddy when it rains. There are also some stretches of the trail that are exposed to the sun with no cover, so plan for that.

One thing to note - the local school kids like to use this trail for track practice, so you may seem them jogging around the lake.

There is a campground at the lake, and the fishing is decent, so if you want a quick and remote getaway it's not too bad.