backpacking
8 days ago

great trail. very scenic.

Post-Harvey monsoon got us off to a late start, did not think we'd get to hike as much as we did. Trail was passable even when wet, awesome once dry after 24 hours. There are scattered areas of overgrowth, particularly on the northwest side. Downloading GPX file is highly recommended to stay on track through those few sketchy sections. We all ended up with chigger bites, and the itching has been a steady reminder over the last week of how good of a time we had. I'll plan on spending more time here Fall/early Spring to avoid the infestation.

backpacking
1 month ago

This trail is horribly overgrown, mostly with brambles. There were times when you couldn't even see the trail. While traipsing through the overgrowth, twice we passed through a lone star tick larvae nest. I have hundreds of bites on my feet and legs. My wife just spent an hour searching to make sure we got all the ones that were still burrowed in my skin. I had to walk with branches in front of me to keep from getting spider webs in my face every five feet or so. I have it two stars because where the trail was nice, it was very fun. Very challenging trail.

Nice trail for speed hiking. It intersects with some horse trails and the horse riders seem to get confused and are constantly going on the hiker only part of the trail. Watch your step for horse poop. My dog likes to roll in it and smell the car up on the way home. Besides that annoying part, enjoyable trail.

backpacking
3 months ago

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3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

This is a fantastic trail. Very challenging but, well worth it. My experience was that it was marked fairly well but, you have to watch for the correct blazes. Occasionally, the trail crosses through clear cuts and picking it up on the other side might take a second. Additionally, as previously mentioned, make sure you cache water and plenty of it as the water sources along the trail are not reliable. On the map, to me it looked like a portion of the trail was very near the Ohio River. In reality it isn't close enough to use as a water source because it's pretty steep and not really very close.

Our first evening we parked at the Old Forest Road trailhead, just past Kintner Road, and hiked to the Homestead Overnight Shelter. It was approximately 7.5 miles and I was physically spent by the time we got to camp. The campsite was very nice with lots of room to spread out.

The second day we finished the trail with the exception of the final 2 mile section north of Old Forest Road, opting to walk the road back to the trailhead. Our route did not include the 1.6 miles trail from SR 462 to Rendezvous Point.

During our early June hike, the temperatures were in the upper 80's with high humidity...which tried to suck all of the fun of the hike. We however went slow, took plenty of breaks and stayed hydrated. Some of the hills on this portion of the trail seemed to go on forever. The views were pretty awesome though.

Overall, we had a great time and saw a handful of other hikers. I would love to do this trail again when the leaves are off the trees. I suspect there are spots where you can see for miles.


Regarding water. We started off carrying 4L each. We cached water at the parking spot on Cold Friday Road, 1.4 miles past the Homestead Overnight Shelter which allowed us to hydrate and fill back back up early on day two. Our second cache was at the Pioneer Picnic Shelter. This was a good choice though the two of us could have use 3 gallons here. On the map it shows water available near the Old Iron Bridge. We didn't not see it close to the trail and assume it was in the campground. If you are heading clockwise, you might want to take the effort to locate this source and top off. By the time I made it back to SR 462 I was nearly out of water and really needed more. The intersection at SR 462 might be a place to cache some more so you can top off before finishing the last few miles.

We tried to cache water near a shelter inside of the park, near the Hog Barn Primitive Site. The shelter appears to be close to the trail however, there would have been a significant climb from the trail to shelter to get the water. We left it there and never were able to see the shelter from the trail. I would not recommend this.

I hope this helps someone. Have fun and enjoy the trail. Oh...if the foliage is out and you can't decide between wearing shorts and pants, wear pants and make sure everything is sprayed for ticks.

Awesome Hike thru the woods back country be sure you have working GPS map though there are many trails thru and you could get lost easy with a paper map do not try alone take plenty of water and trail mix. Be prepared for everything...

backpacking
4 months ago

This is a challenging trail. With all the rain this spring, the trail was very muddy in many places and several trees were blocking the trail. The trail is marked well. We didn't have any trouble finding water to filter (there has been plenty of rain), but the creek beds were all dry.

backpacking
4 months ago

This loop is not for the novice. You must be fit because switchbacks, there's no such thing here. My wife and I saw a bobcat and 2 kittens. There are a handful of shelters along the route. Places to drop water (necessary). Plan accordingly.

backpacking
4 months ago

We (4 women) hiked May 17 - 19. Only saw two other hikers the whole time. Well marked except watch trail crossings because the more obvious trail is probably a horse trail. Also needed some better markings where lumber activity. Be sure to cache water - streams were dry even with all the May rain. Plenty of ticks and poison ivy but still a nice rugged trail in a loop which is very hard to find. Maps given out at the state park have no mileage and no names of the various features so download a map ahead of time.

backpacking
5 months ago

Five of us started planning around Christmas to backpack the AHT. We arrived at Obannon State Park around 9:00am Friday morning, we cached water on Cold Friday Road and checked in at the park office. We started hiking by taking the interpretive trail by the fire tower to the fire trail to the old iron bridge. We then picked up the AHT, going counter clockwise, only to lose it when it turned left and we kept on the horse trail. Unfortunately we went way to far out of the way before back tracking and finding it. Once on the trail it is marked very well. If you lose the green/white markers go back because you lost the trail and got on another trail (which there are a lot of). We hiked to the Ohio River Shelter, which was about 9.5 mile day. The shelter was awesome, it stormed all night and the shelter was great. We shared the shelter with 2 other hikers and there was plenty of room for 7 of us. We started day 2 and had a great experience, foraged multiple creeks, saw a lot of great wildlife and loved it. Unfortunately one of our group fell ill and we found an awesome fellow who drove us from our water cache at Cold Friday Road back to the park (5 miles)! We will definitely be going back to hike some more of the AHT!

challenging but rewarding trail.