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

fun walk by the river and through the woods.

Many good views in the fall...

This is inaccurately labeled classified as moderate. The correct label should be "Easy". Also, it is described as moderately trafficked. That too is incorrect as for it is "heavily" trafficked.

the loop around the lake is paved and very wide. unfortunately the path is shared among walkers and bikers. along the path are benches, trash cans, and water fountains. in spite of the many trash cans, it is common to see plastic bags of dog waste littered on and next to the path. What is wrong with people!?!?! That path has many curves and gentle slopes. Also, there is a fishing platform, which, also can be found littered with empty bait and food packages. This, even though there is a trash receptacle on the platform. What is wrong with people?!?!? I walk the path a lot, and fortunately not all people are direct full with there garbage. I sometimes see an older woman there picking up other people's garbage. She told me that she lives nearby and picks it up placing it in the rightful place frequently. Also, while it doesn't affect the well maintained walking path, the duckweed on the small lake is widespread. Go and enjoy this nice smooth walkway but keep your head on a swivel to avoid the fast bikers. Oh, one more thing...why do they gabby women insist on walking 3 abreast and not converge to single file when they approach walkers moving toward them? My observation is the older slim women are very respectful. It's the middle aged fat gals that insist on you yielding to them.

trail running
6 days ago

A nice easy paved trail, but it can be very heavily trafficked at times with lots of people to avoid if you’re running. It’s open to bikes as well, though I rarely see them.

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.

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.

Nice cardio if you're just getting back into it with some stunning sights. switchback paths available if you get tired partway.

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 pretty Trail and kept up nicely. I love to walk my dog here, he enjoys running up the stairs that were built. I really like that you can combine it with other trails and have a long hike.

Awesome trail with some really cool sights!

Great trail, well marked!

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

This trail is a lot of fun. My kids were able to do this trail easily, but it was enough to burn off all their energy. The park is clean and very well maintained. I also like that you can combine different parts of the various trails to customize your hiking experience. My family loves hiking here and we will continue to do so, hopefully, for a long time.

hiking
1 month ago

If you go clockwise you will take on the most difficult part of the trail first. Lots of inclines and deep ravines but nothing too overwhelming. My 12 year old daughter tackled the trail with no problem. Deer and other wildlife along the way. Scenery changes often. Went on a Saturday morning and heard trains most of the first half of the way. About mid-way point there is a shelter that overlooks the valley. Great views and great spot for a break. The second half runs along the river/creek. This part seemed much quieter than the first-half. Also, much easier terrain; flat, wide trails that runs mostly through meadows. Lots of creek crossings. Excellent trail with a variety of scenery. If there was any downside it was that we went a day after it rained fairly hard. The trail along the river/creek was quite muddy in a few spots.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

A lot to be loved about this trail. Lots of hills and beautiful scenery. The trail is wide enough and clearly marked--at ALL places so basically impossible to get lost. I gave it 4 stars because of the mud. It hasn't rained in 2 days so I assumwd it would be fine. But there is about a 1 mile section on the Yellow/Orange trail that was pure mud. Like being on a slippery, ice skating rink of mud. I don't really care that it coated my Hiking shoes, but there were moments when it was so difficult to not slip and fall down. So if you hike this trail, I think you will have a great time but prepare for mud if it has rained within the past few days.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Along the creek can get muddy, but there are some bypass trails. All all the trails are well marked. West of the dam is a lot of up and down and steep hills.
If you start at the Nature Center, they have drinking water to fill up your water bottles.

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:)

Beautiful trail. Well marked. If you’re going counterclockwise you could miss a couple turns but you will figure it out very quickly. Nice river view at the beginning or if you want it at the end go clockwise. A few nice heart rate increasing inclines but nothing anyone can’t handle if you have no health constraints. Go thru a few different types of forest, beautiful wildflower meadow with a vast landscape view and pass by a pond where catch and release fishing is allowed. I did this early as a Sunday sunrise hike and it was lovely. You do hear traffic and trains and that may be worse later in the day. That’s just Ohio trails though. Saw many deer, rabbits and different birds. Nothing not to like here.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Paved route, nice view of the lake pretty much all the way around. I used to walk this route with my mom when I was a kid. Still a nice place to bring kids and can rent paddle boats if you feel like getting in the water.

Perfect little loop! You can take the nature trail off the loop and cross the road to link up with some other trails in the area if you want an extension.

Great trail. Wide well made trails, beautiful trees and wildlife. Sugar Creek runs through it.

This is a long hike (13.4 miles for me) with some short uphill sections. The trial has lots of tree roots so watch your steps.

I was there on a very warm Saturday in mid-September and there were NO bugs the entire 13 miles! This was HUGE plus!

The South part of the lake is much prettier than the north-east side.

There are no functioning drinking fountains at the restrooms so I had to drink from the sinks. That was a negative.

This is my go to trail as it is 200 yards from my home. Great colors in fall and well maintained for leaves on the asphalt path.

hiking
2 months ago

worth the trip to spend the day in the woods

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