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Fantastic hike. Get out early to miss the crowds. By 10:30am the trails are packed, especially byThe Old Man’s Cave area.

Absolutely love this location and all the options it has to offer for family and friends. So many memories have been made here

backpacking
6 days ago

Great trails and well maintained. Campsites have water and pit toilets available. great place to start backpacking.

I’m so happy we chose salt fork! Rent camped at Bigfoot Ridge and it was just perfect.

I loved the trail. Challenging but I have found lots of Chanterelle mushrooms, chicken of the woods and shiso leaves

Whole family(dogs included) love this trail .especially lower section close to lake,

We hiked this trail in late July and enjoyed large portions of it. The portion of the trail north of campground 3 was disappointing though. There were spider webs across the path probably about every 100 feet so you couldn’t really enjoy the hike or sites without that constant distraction.

camping
16 days ago

My friend and I camped one night and did the trail’s short loop. Parts of it are really muddy, so I would recommend wearing some waterproof shoes and bringing a change of socks. There were lots of campsites available, and it was easy to find! We had a great time!

Hiked all 11.3 miles of this trail yesterday. Started at the Iron Furnace. 6 hours later I was back at my car. A lovely, long walk. Trail is overgrown so wear long pants and perhaps bring a long shirt. Take hiking poles because there is poison ivy in places. Not a difficult hike in terms of elevation, but challenging because it is long. Was definitely ready to get in the car at end. There were many interesting parts, including an overlook, wetlands, old overgrown roads, rock formations, flora, and fauna. I saw a beautiful male deer, ducks or pheasants (I couldn’t tell because they were far away and I scared them so they flew off), a lot of butterfly varieties, many bird species, and bugs. Wear repellant. Bring lots of food. 2 water sources and 2 latrines along the way. Saw several hikers, maybe 15 in all. I don’t like crowded trails, so it was perfect. A great great day. Highlight was the male deer who was just as interested in me as I was in him. If you do this loop in 1 day, be prepared to be out there a while.

Not a bad hike at all. Good short one if you just want to get out. Campsites are really nice ...it was a bit muddy but overall a solid place to get away.

backpacking
23 days ago

nice overnighter, lots of up and down hills. well marked trail

backpacking
24 days ago

Went backpacking for a night to campsite two. The incline at the start really kicks your ass but it’s pretty nice from there. Water is cold and fresh along the trail and the bathrooms are actually really nice for a backpacking trail.

Went on my first backpacking trip here, Planned in doing the 16 mile overnight but accidentally took the short loop back, still was a great hike, beautiful huge pine trees and nice little inclines scattered throughout. I was expecting mud since it had rained recently and it certainly didn’t disappoint! Waterproof boots are a necessity on this trail. That said, all in all a great first backpacking experience I’d recommend.

This was my first time backpacking and was in fact the longest hike (did the long loop) I’ve ever taken in my life and I must say big mistake! It seems to me that I was a little too ambitious for my first time out and my leg gave up in the last two miles. Oh did I mention that I did this solo? Oopsie! I was able to limp my way out but lesson learned. I hope you like mud because there was a plenty of that and more. The trail was also pretty overgrown in mid July so expect plenty of brush and check for ticks often. I did encounter one but I caught it before I got bitten. Don’t get me started on the spider webs yuck! Even when swinging a trecking pole in front of me they’d still end up in my face.

I’d recommend getting some trail legs before attempting. I also managed to lose my Thermarest self inflating sleeping pad, I could have sworn I had it strapped down tightly but is still fell out without me noticing. Tried driving back to the campsite since it was about 1,000 feet from the road but nope, my cramping legs just weren’t having it. I didn’t find out till I got there but the board said not to drink the water due too activity (I assume agriculture byproducts?) in the area and you must pack in all water. Turned out 3 liters is not enough. To the people who left behind their extra water jugs, you are life savers! I’d say plan on 5-6 liters minimum.

Over all I had a good time and I learned some harsh lessons the hard way but if you’re up for the challenge I’d say go for it! Would I do it again? Yes but only after I get in better shape.

me and my son did it at night. whole new experience.

Enjoyed the scenery, glad we took the trekking poles. Various terrain, worth the hike.

This trail provides one of the best payoffs in the Hocking region. Rockbridge is fantastic and might be the impressive geological feature in the area and it is well worth the hike.

Nice overnighter. We started from the Iron Furnace trailhead and hiked counterclockwise. to campsite no. 2, got up early and hiked out the next morning. Follow the orange blazes until you get to waypoint K, then follow the white blazes back to the trailhead.
It was 90 degrees the day we hiked in, so it was harder than we expected. The forest was beautiful and there was some pleasant topography along the way.
Mosquitos were horrible, requiring multiple applications of Deet. Lots of Rambler Rose, blackberry and nettles line the trail, but these could be held back with trekking poles. Consider wearing gaiters or long pants and take plenty of water if you go in mid summer.
The campsites were well chosen and had ample space for multiple parties. No tables or fire rings, but privies are provided and, best of all, piped in water is available.

camping
1 month ago

We did this loop as a family camping/backpacking summer trip. Our 5 kids ages 16 to 1 1/2 enjoyed it most of the time although some of the terrain was pretty intense for the younger ones. We started going clockwise at 11am on a Saturday and only met 3 other hikers before we got to the halfway camp by 3. Trail was well marked and several campsites/water crossings along the way. Hiked out Sunday in 4 hours and saw nobody. Beautiful trail and private. Would not do this trail again in 95+ degree weather but it would be a great spring/fall trip.

Great hike. Went out on the Gorge Overlook and back in on the Buckeye trail. Just strenuous enough.

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a good hiking trail for a one-night backpacking outing. The trail is generally well maintained except for a handful of downed trees in some areas. There were not too many great views, but it was a good intermediate trail with some good elevation changes and only a handful of harder climbs. I would recommend at least two liters of water with refills available at either of the two campsites. Since this goes through some wetlands, it can feel quite humid on a hot summer day.

FYI, there are two trailheads. The trailhead at Hope Schoolhouse is designated for overnight backpacking and the trailhead at Iron Furnace / 278 is designated for dayhikers, but you can use either trailhead for either purpose. The Iron Furnace information board shows you the direction to the trailhead up the road (250 feet road walk).

backpacking
1 month ago

I read all of the reviews before I left and Nothing in those reviews prepared me for this trail. The hills on this trail are intense and you will spend miles at a time going uphill. If you go counterclockwise the beginning is nice and relaxing but once you hit mile 4 the trail gets intense. It was well maintained but muddy everywhere. Its a nice trail that was well maintained but it should be listed as hard not moderate. The views were also not as exciting as I expected after all of the hype. It was exactly what you'd expect to see standing on the side of a mountain but nothing special.

Even after 4” of ran the previous day not really muddy. Creeks higher tricky to pass. Never saw a soul. Moderate. 2 mph possible for an out of shape old guy. Camp anywhere!

We were confused about where the trailhead started from the parking lot, but discovered you actually have to walk down the road a short distance and the trailhead starts there. If I had to do it all over again, I would've worn hiking pants instead of hiking shorts because the poison ivy can be pretty dense in some areas where the trail gets pretty narrow. Thankfully, I didn't end up getting any :) This hike definitely got my heart rate up at times. I brought trekking poles which I found to be helpful for both the inclines and declines as parts can be steep up & down. For the most part, the trail was easy to follow, blazes well marked. Using the app was incredibly helpful and we needed to refer to the map a few times when trails conjoined. I'd recommend bringing at least 2 liters of water to start off with and fill up along the way if needed. There is water access at a couple points along the trail, but we ran into several people who were almost out of water and asking us where the next water access was.

my wife and I were here about 3 weeks ago and the trail was really nice and enjoyable until the second day. we had camped about 6 miles in to the trail loved the campsite it was right next to the creek. upon us leaving the next day to finish the hike we noticed the trail markers strated to go away there weren't as many and the amount if huge trees down in the trail was ridiculous the trail at that time was not maintenance at all.

trail running
2 months ago

Great trail and one heck of a challenge if it has recently rained, this can be one of muddiest trails I’ve ever trail run and just bring sandals I ran the whole loop in my bedrock cairns!

trail running
2 months ago

I attempted this route yesterday. Parked at Hope Furnace. Walked across street to get a free trail map and headed off. Day after a rain I expected trails to be muddy. They were muddy and the trail is overgrown but not ‘thick’. Some spots are a bit thick but most is runable. Mistakes I made were not downloading the GPX file to my watch. Not remembering my AT&T service is dead in this area of Ohio. I forgot to bring calf compression sleeves to protect shins from thorns and weeds.
Plenty of friendly backpackers out on trails.
Tried as best as I could but ended up missing a turn past point Q and started following yellow painted markings not orange. Popped out on 278 about 3 miles north of Hope Furnace. Hiked and ran back to the car.
If you don’t mind stepping over logs, dirty trail shoes, rubbing shrubbery, or getting dirty these are fun single track trails which you can combine to make longer runs. Saw one snake. Had plenty of tiny streams to wash my arms and legs off and dump water on my head.
I want to go back and do the sections I missed.

The main loop was well-maintained and well-marked for the most part. We didn't lose the trail at all but we did not have a good sense of when we reached some of the lettered points on the trail. There is some varied scenery, such as ridges, wetlands and streams. With the Hope Schoolhouse connector this is a tough trail. Not only do you add about 2 miles, but you immediately add a ton of elevation gain.

Great hiking trail! Be sure to have your Cardio ready to go as a few of the inclines are no joke!

Plenty of places to stop to cool down and get wet! Fun!!

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