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One of Ohio's largest state parks, 4,870-acre East Fork offers a great diversity of recreational opportunities and natural history only 25 miles from Cincinnati The park's terrain includes both rugged hills and open meadows, setting the stage for a wonderful getaway

Slippery and slow but very technical for running.

1 month ago

This is not a very challenging and somewhat boring trail. The loop is Back pack trail out (blue markings) and return via the green markings. The map printed off the website not very helpful.

3 months ago

Love this trail hiked it a few times, can get muddy during the wet seasons.

trail running
3 months ago

Park at the mountain bike trailhead. All other documentation states this is a 14 mile trail. Most of the trail is poorly marked, especially the first section. Stick to the red trail markers, they were very faded and extremely difficult to see. The majority of the trail is single track. If you're running, watch out for tree roots, I found many buried under the leaves. Lots of thorns on the last bit before the loop and the loop itself, some where at head height, so watch out! It had rained for about 20 hours prior to my run but was not overly muddy. The leaves provided the most difficulty. I saw at least a dozen dear, maybe more! Overall it was a good run that was not overly challenging, exactly what I needed to try out some new shoes.

Not bad. I wish there was a decent map for the perimeter trail on here. I think it's 28 miles long.

5 months ago

Nothing to write home about, but some decent views. trail is poorly marked and a lot of horses and mountain bikes as well.

It was super muddy when we went and the trails weren't well marked.

8 months ago

Good moderate difficulty trail. Not very scenic. Mostly woods - you do get a peak of the lake occasionally.

11 months ago

Parked at the first lot on the right off Slade Rd off 222. Walked towards the woods and ended up on the Buckeye Trail. Was a great hike with my dog. We loved the scenery and the waterways that we passed, crossed and waded through. Excellent hike. We will be going back!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

This is actually a mountain bike/hiking trail--a good long hike, with lots of twists, turns, dips and rises. It's actually a lot easier to walk on than the putative horse/hiking trail, which is all torn up and almost totally reduced to mud after it's rained; not so the bike trail, which keeps tolerably firm through most weather conditions.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Very good trail for casual hiking in the woods. Beautiful area with great opportunity to see wildlife. The route marked on AllTrail here is NOT Hopewell, rather its called Adena, which is more intermediate. Hopewell is marked white. Adena is marked blue.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Good easy trail. Shared with bicyclists and a small portion is also a horse trail. But well worth it.

mountain biking
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Good mountain bike trails. although was a little difficult maintaining bearings. First time trail riding may have been a factor

Sunday, July 13, 2014

This is probably my second favorite area to hike near Cincinnati after Caesar Creek! I'd have to look up all the trail names on their website, but there's a slew of them to get lost on heading east away from the Hopewell that eventually take you to the road that connects to the "beach". The backpacktrail continues over a road and several bridle trails while never retreating far from the lake, then curves south to a loop running near a few campsites. South side of the lake is definitely better than the north (no horses) and part of it includes the famous Ohio Buckeye trail (blue blaze) that circles the entire state. I'd recommend staying away from the Steve Newman perimeter trail as it's always muddy, overgrown and and nowhere near the lake when I've tried portions of it (green blazes). The PDF park map seems to suggest those two trails are the same but I know that isn't accurate.
Anyone know where the trail crosses Sugartree creek on the southeast corner of the park? It actually ends at the lake's edge haha...

mountain biking
Monday, June 23, 2014

I just got back into biking and I biked the Hopewell Trail to have an easier start to acclimate to my new equipment. I punctured a tube my first lap. I had a spare tube...no device to put air in it. I returned the next day, with levers, spare tube, AND air pump in case my unfortunate event should catch me again. Prior to my bike issue, and the entire second day, I had a blast. Rode it again today and cut 8min off my time.

on Adena Loop Trail

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Visited East Fork Lake Park for the first time over the weekend ... nice place in general. I only had time to walk the li'l' ol' Whippoorwill and Fern Hill trails. I like scenery and these didn't have much, but they were nice enough.

Looked up the park on AllTrails.com and it refers to a 4.4 mile trail. Sorry if I'm not using this website correctly, but exactly to which trail at the park is the website referring?

Also, has anyone walked the Backpack trail ... how is it?


mountain biking
Monday, July 30, 2012

Love the trails for mtb good flow at times takes u by the lake, could be marked a little better trail.wise but I love it go there atleast 3 times a month.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Hiked the perimeter trail(green) today. Started at mm 32 TH and headed west. First mile or two were scenic and enjoyable. After that the trail was rutted, muddy and much standing water. I turned back after it felt I had bushwhacked the next mile or so.

Many good trails at East Fork but recommend you avoid the multi-use trails that allow horses in the low-lying areas.

trail running
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ran both Topo Adventure Trail Running races here this year. Had a great time though it was REALLY muddy. Would like to come back sometime to enjoy the trails more.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

This is what I am primarily interested in...

I have hiked almost all of the foot trails - Steve Newman (32 mi) someday my friend, someday. I have attempted the SN - perimeter trail - several times now. It has been an uber wet season until now and uber hot season!!! Grrrr...

Anyhow if you are into backpacking and can't manage a trip far-far-away then hit up old East Fork State Park (EFSP). It is a good place to safely dial in all of your gear and really put you through your paces. I have hiked out in WV and there are spots on the Steve Newman trail that could really put a hurting on you (I am a big wuss bag tho)!!!

The sights are minimal at best (although Ridge Rd. offers some nice overlooks) the horse divots (understated) and horse poo are pretty ridonculous!!! Make sure you take water purifier (camp 4 during dry seasons has basically zero water)! GET A GOOD MAP TOO ($2 from ranger station or print off USGS topos - but u'll still need the trail map)!!! Wanna go - hit me up!


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