Located in southeast Ohio, quiet and remote Burr Oak State Park has a rustic country charm in its 2,593-acre scenery of wooded hills and valley farms As one of Ohio's resort parks, Burr Oak offers a wide array of overnight accommodations with its lodge, cottages and campground Burr Oak blends modern conveniences with the wilderness spirit of Ohio

(Short Loop) Pretty solid trail! Nothing too crazy in elevation changes. Trail was extremely muddy from a lot of rain the night before, and the streams were higher than I would except them to usually be. Water-proof boots are a must!

It was quite muddy, but that is to be expected given the current weather.

trail running
2 months ago

Ran around the lake along the trail last weekend. Was a nice trail. Markings are clear except for north section. I went off trail a few times. Tricky when you come out at Sunday Creek Rd. You have to walk 20-30 meters to your right to see the creek crossing to get you back on the trail. The north section is quite muddy from horses but that is part of trail running. Will go back to run this again.

we started at the nature center and headed north around to the main camp ground. we then finished up the remainder of the hike the next morning. Our first day was rough due to the route we took had the most elevation changes and having to contend with the mud on the bridle trail.
The trail was well marked and easy to follow. I only had to pull out the app maybe 3 times in the whole 22 miles to get us back on track. We seen 5 other hikers near the start of our trek, and 4 near the end the next day. Otherwise didn't see a single soul on the path the whole rest of the way.
There were some very interesting rock formations that definitely were worth stopping and exploring. Some of the views from the trail make very nice photo spots.
I also liked the fact that there was access to water at several locations along the trail, so no need to filter water from the reservoir. There were also restrooms available at a couple of stops along the way.
I really enjoyed this track and will definitely be back again next year to repeat the adventure.

Just hiked the short loop on Tuesday morning. While the trail is scenic and moderate to easy in difficulty, it's a pretty unremarkable hike. We hiked along a small stream for a short time at the beginning of the loop but otherwise the trail was very muddy with minimal rock features. It's a nice walk though limited to pine forests and some stands of hardwoods. Bring in your own water if you go. On a more positive note, there are multiple nice campsites along the trail if you'rebackpacking.

4 months ago

This was a great trail to backpack. My husband and I split it into three days. We parked at the north trailhead and hiked to the main campground, then to Dock 2, and last back to the car. We are beginners so it was perfect. Loved the trails on the east side, as they are a little more challenging.

I did this trail over two days. I started at Wildcat Hollow, hiked down to the State Campgrounds which were fantastic. Then hiked the rest of the trail back to the car on Saturday. Most of the free campgrounds were completely packed with day trippers. The horse trails on the North West part of the trail were the worst part of the trip. The dam, rock formations and occasional pine groves were beautiful. The spiders were absolutely a force of nature on their own. I was covered in webs, half digested cocooned bugs, and bites. While I permethrin treated my clothing, I had no issues with ticks.
I am glad I did this trek but it was not my favorite. I think I might make it a Fall destination spot though as the views around the lower part of the lake were outstanding.
I think it's more difficult than an easy. Some of the inclines were pretty challenging and they made me take a few breaks to catch my breath. Which is saying something as I am also a runner and my VO2 max is pretty decent. It might have been more difficult due to the fact that I had to use my trekking poles as spider clearing devices. Haha!
I am rating it a 4 only because the horse trail section was pretty bad. Other than that, it was pretty amazing and worth the trip.

4 months ago

Nice trail. I would probably do again. Little muddy in lower elevations, overgrown in some spots,and campsites after the halfway point were pretty scarce, but nothing unmanageable. If I had worn my tried and true hiking shoes, instead of partially broken in hiking boots, I would have enjoyed it more, no doubt, but that was my fault, not the trail.

The trail is a grumpy old man, one minute it is great and the next it is an angry grumpy man that crapped himself. I took my son for his first backpacking trip and the section of trail from Dock 1 (southern most point, or mile 18 on the pdf map) to the northern end of the trail was beautiful, well marked, and well maintained. We saw a couple turkey, two bald eagles, and a deer! We camped at the open campground (free) and the only other visitors we saw were the raccoons in the middle of the night trying to get to our food bag in the tree. Luckily, the noxious gas coming from my rear end as a result of some "not-so-tasty three cheese chicken and zucchini pasta" and a strobe flashlight kept them from eating all our food.

The second part of our hike was crap. The northern and northwestern portion of the trail is also a horseback riding trail. That fact, combined with the low elevation and swamp-like environment made for some of the muddiest trail conditions I have ever seen. The weight of the horses create a field of holes the size of 2 liters that fill with water and then make the entire trail nearly impassable. My son almost lost his boots three times. There were frogs living in the footprints of the horses. I have never seen sitting water on uphills and downhills until I hiked Burr Oak! Also, keep in mind that horses crap and through some miracle of defecation the horse crap is scattered between all the water filled holes so you are forced to navigate muddy/crap scattered/frog infested mine fields only to be excited that you are coming up to a steep incline... just to have your mind blown that somehow, gravity and water don't follow the laws of physics at Burr Oak.

The last element of the trail that left a lasting impression was the spider web situation. I used my trekking poles to limit the number of spider webs that I ate. Walking into spider webs is expected on hikes, but this was like I was on a TV show where they try to see how much crap I can deal with before losing my s#!t! I would also have to give some props to the kamikaze gnats that repeated flew directly into my eyes.

The open camp site, south eastern portion of the trail offer cool views and neat caves, and the beach was a pleasant escape at the end of our 2nd day! @Thefunnyreview1

5 months 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!

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.

Trees down every and it wasn’t marked very good for the trails

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.

EGGS Hike - mud , overflowing streams , more mud and fallen trees. What’s not to love

trail running
7 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!

Did the 5 mile loop today. Roads leading to trailhead parking are gravel and smaller width so be mindful. Is a smaller parking lot with a bathroom at the trailhead. The trail starts at the furthest end of the parking lot. It was marked decent in some areas and not for others but with the alltrails map we had 0 issues. Quite a few creek crossings along the 5 miles but the water was very low. Boots are a must if it has rained! 98% of the trail was super muddy and very deep in places. A lot of slipping and sliding. I brought my trekking poles just in case and it definitely saved me tons from falling in the mud. My trail running shoes were severely caked in mud and at times were completely encased in mud. It took us a lot longer than our normal hiking speed to complete the loop with all the mud we encountered. Overall it's a very nice trail with plenty of spots to camp. We definitely want to complete the 15 mile and do an overnight when it has dried up some. Also some areas were overgrown and a few trees were down. We bought a can of picaridin for $5 and sprayed ourselves for tick protection knowing there may be some overgrowth. Pack plenty of water to drink especially if it's hot out. Was very humid. Will definitely return.

I hiked the 15 mile loop yesterday for the first time. Easy to follow the white blazes, except once around the oil wells it got a little confusing but easy to backtrack. It's muddy right now so definitely wouldn't recommend just gym/running shoes.
Overall a great trail and good hike. Finished in about 6 hours with some breaks for lunch/water. Saw deer, hawks, and wild turkeys. The camping spots look great and next time I'll be spending the night.
Make sure you have a car that can handle the gravel road in/out, nothing bad but worth noting.
Also there was "water cache" leftover from trail angels but don't count on water resources on the 15 mile loop.

Great beginner trail.

Late March. Great day trip or overnight trail 90 min from Columbus near Nelsonville and Glouster. The trail was easy to follow, mostly woods with nice pine groves. The trail was dog friendly and we saw no other hikers other than at the lot. Google Wildcat Hollow pdf to find a posted map and trail notes. Thanks girl scout troop 84.

Going clockwise, we followed the approach trail to the short loop creek trail and went past the loop connector to the old school then down hill to the long trail and old oil rigs. Then we backtracked to the short loop return ridge trail to make about 8 miles. We averaged 19 min miles so you could do all 15 in a day if you start early and have experience.

Tons of camp sites especially in pine areas. There was water in the streams in March but I read it’s pretty dry in Summer. Trail is pretty easy though so water carry or luxury carry would not break your back. Tons of camp sites near the lot and literally a guy was camping in the lot, but anyone who ventures out a couple miles will find a nice site to relax or test your gear.

I plan to return with my hammock gear - perfect area for hammocking.

There were many trees down on the trail but that was ok with me as this adds to the challenge and is nature at its finest! Would like to do the long loop one day! With that i may give it 5 stars.

I guess I consider this my home trail. Beautiful year round. I wish the map here showed the big loop, 15 miles, instead of the small inner loop.

not a big fan of the expense to go out here

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Very nice trail with lots of campsites. I use this trail for training for the upcoming season of backpacking. Highly recommend this park.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A beautiful trail, well marked and well cleared. There was even a team of volunteers clearing trails while we hiked. We hiked the perimeter of the lake, simply called the backpack trail. Plenty of places to camp, very scenic lake views that always insisted on a nice break. A great place for anyone just starting out or veterans. Very relaxing. Can be pretty dry during the fall and looks like it would flood semi-easily during a rainy season. Water at every camp site and dock (except for dock #3, the fountains didn't work there). There weren't too many streams flowing, but granted it is fall (There was an extreme abundance of streams, they were just dry). Overall a beautiful place. Couldn't recommend enough.

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