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We did the entire perimeter loop for 12.8 miles. There were really good stretches of this hike but the two sections where you have to walk on the road to get around the lake were kind of a bummer. Not at all strenuous, beyond just a longer distance. I enjoyed it but there are much better day hikes elsewhere and prob wouldn’t come back. Trail was well marked and maintained.

backpacking
21 days ago

I just got my new tent hammock and wanted to try it out knowing there was a 100% chance of rain. It didn't rain on me on the hike into campsite #2, but the wind and rain started after dark and never really quit. The trail going in was muddy in places, but all the heavy leaf cover mostly took care of that. There were a few downed trees over the trail but easy to go around (that's part of the fun). It looks like they just installed a new water system at the camp site but I don't know if it had any water in it. Because in was raining on the way out I cheated and walked back to my car on King Hollow Rd. This is a very nice area to backpack, hike, or do anything in. Mega amount of trails in Zaleski.

like most said. lots of sights. go to the fossil overflow and see stone fossils.

Many good views in the fall...

Had one of my best hiking experiences here. Yesterday was my first time there and I cannot wait to go back. So serene and the trails were definitely moderate which I enjoy. I only did 6 miles but it was great! I highly recommend this place for some great spiritual hiking.

One of my favorites. Lots of good elevation changes.

We parked at the Pioneer Village then hiked out and back. We followed a couple other small trails on the way back to extend the hike to 5.5 total miles. The waterfall is small but cool, the rock cliff is surprisingly fun, and the lake gives great views. The trail is very clean and amazingly marked with blazes and signs.

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. The trail was well maintained, and we enjoyed the scenery- lake, 2 waterfalls, limestone cliffs, a beautiful visitor’s center and the pioneer village. We encountered just a few hikers/runners, and most of the trail was away from road noise. The hills were moderate and the trail was easy to navigate. We decided we would like to do this loop again in the spring and enjoy the wild flowers.

I enjoy hiking with my wife nice trail we found a friend a straight cat somebody dump it in the trail and he start following us the whole trail in and out we feel bad and we took it home he was hungry

Very loud and there’s construction.

nice trails. felt safe. ok marked.. but I'm directionally challenged.

Awesome trail with some really cool sights!

Great wooded trail. Good waterfalls and cliff overlook. Great foliage too

Great trail! Enjoyed the biking.

Nice trail easy to walk.

trail running
2 months ago

I don’t count this an easy trail as a runner because one mile of the 3.8 mile paved course is quite hilly. I’m talking “check your brakes” kind of hills. Biking is fun, but running those hills challenges you if your fitness level isn’t good.

The path is paved and well-maintained. Traffic in the path is never busy, which is nice. I almost always get a glimpse of either deer or wild turkeys. In the winter, those hills are great for sledding and that’s just about the only time I’ve seen the trail crowded.

backpacking
2 months ago

We did this loop for the 1st time. Nice trail. We stayed at Campsite 2. Got to camp around 430, and it was already filling up, (but was expected on a gorgeous fall weekend). We were able to squeeze in, met some nice people, and loved the fresh, cold water. That alone made this trip fantastic!

hiking
2 months ago

Intense trail! Lots of hills and can be a bit muddy. Definently a workout. I started at the top of kendall hills and made my way down to the loop which is 3.15 miles. Tends to line the road a bit but the road isn't very busy. Recommend if you want a workout. Took me and my dog about an hour walking at a moderate pace. There is also a short cut to make it a bit shorter.

hiking
2 months ago

Completed this as part of the Loop Trail. Well maintained, with a nice overlook of the creek and a swinging bridge. Pioneer village is also a wonderful place to take a break and eat some food from your pack.

Absolutely fantastic scenery, was continuously surprised all the way around. At times you are right up next to the water, and other times in the thick of the woods. The eastern half felt more remote. Can link up this route with the George Loop trail to avoid some of the road travel. Very well maintained route - quite possibly the best day hike in Ohio.

Easy but great day hike. We started at Iron Furnace and did the south loop- although the map said 8miles, technically my iPhone calculated 13, as you need to tack on a few to get to the start of the loop.

Great mix of forest, not too buggy at the end of September. No big views, but a pleasant day nonetheless. At least 4 downed trees, only took a moment to get around, or over or under. But it could also take a an afternoon for the rangers to clear them...
Overall- great hike- highly recommend.

Nice hike. I stretched it out to 15.9 with a couple of the side trails thrown in. Will definitely do it again possibly take the Buckeye Trail further north from the bridge to the north end of the lake and back. Lost my Fitbit in the last couple of miles before you get to the bridge on the west side if anyone comes across it:)

hiking
2 months ago

great hike.

One of the nicest trails in the Columbus metro area. Parts of it can feel like you are far away from the city. Well shaded so that even in the summer it’s not too hot. Can get crowded during the weekends starting mid morning.

I cant quite call it "as good as it gets" (which is a 5 star apparently), but this was a beautiful, easy hike. There was a fun rope bridge and a small waterfall, and if you take a detour to the pioneer village, there are some cool old buildings. One of my favorite trails I've found so far!

Good workout! Lots of great incline.

backpacking
2 months ago

This trail was quite the challenge! Started at X, the Iron Furnace, we did the full trail less the extended north loop in 3 days. 28.34 miles in full. Camped at sites 2 and 3. Drinking water is piped in at each camp site and was delicious! Privies were well maintained. Trail was well marked.

A nice flat trail in a great park, but with long unshaded stretches.

I found this trail to be challenging. We hiked from Lake Hope and spent the night at campsite 1, then completed the loop the next day. Great hike and beautiful forest. Some fallen trees, steep inclines and declines to create a challenge and get the heart rate up. We also encountered a large copperhead about a mile out from campsite 1, watching us closely only about 3 feet from the trail. Be careful and very snake aware in this forest.

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