Van Buren State Park is quietly nestled in a small but valued remnant of woodland surrounded by beautiful corn, wheat and soybean fields in northwest Ohio 251-acre Van Buren offers a calm, peaceful retreat with camping, fishing, hiking and picnicking opportunities that can be enjoyed year round

3 months ago

Nice short hike. Trail easy to maneuver but is marked very poorly.

11 months ago

Walked the red and yellow trails north of the lake (not the trail as shown here). Snow still on the ground and in some instances ours were first tracks in snow not counting the dozens of trails made by creatures. Deer, rabbit, raccoon, coyote and a couple that were definitely none of the above. The trails were well marked which made navigating through the snow easy. We enjoyed it and look forward to returning in the Spring or Summer months.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

I've run this trail 100 times and I love it. It's only downside is that in the spring the horses can muck it up pretty good and make it a challenge to run.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

There are a million different paths you can take, trails are pretty well marked, and options to make it more or less difficult. We started on a 2.2 mile path and ended up taking a 3 mile path by taking all of the windy bits. Lots of fun. Even the girls made it.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Small park excellent for getting away from town for a bit. Pretty easy trail around the lake aside from the little trek you have to make up to the railroad tracks. The view of the lake is great from the railroad bridge. Aside from that, I think the trail map as well as the markings on both this trail and the other ones could use a little bit of updating so people don't get lost.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

sweet walk on a perfect hiking day.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

If you're up for a walk in the woods, this is the place. Watch for roots on trail. Mud an issue up to 10 days after rain. Loop around lake possible if you don't mind crossing stream via RR tracks (smidge of a "climb" to tracks).

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

great for a day hike and nice place to train for bigger trail systems

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The trails are so fun! Some of the most rugged in the area, which in extremely flat northwest Ohio that's not a huge achievement! The problem we encountered was the almost total lack of trail markings. We wandered through the network of unmarked trails for a few hours and had to find our way out by using the lake to help us navigate. The maps provided are virtually useless as they don't show parking lots or shelter houses. The park isn't so large that anyone would be in real danger of becoming dangerously lost, but some trail markers would be nice.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The trails were fun. In some areas of the trail (white) it was not clear and had to cut through the brush, but it was fun and gave the hike a little more adventure. Over all I enjoyed the scenery and trails. The trails were very muddy and in some places the trail markings were rather hidden. Otherwise a fun enjoyable hike.

Friday, June 06, 2014

I just did a few of the trails in this park today with my family. I was surprised to see how many trails there were and the fact that there is a path for everyone from horse back riding to walking! There are short loops perfect for nature walks with small children and plenty of shelter houses and pick-nick areas. There is also 2 play ground areas. I plan to return next week for some solo mountain bike riding.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

The MTB trials at Van Buren State Park I would rate as easy to moderate. There are several loops in the trial system. I rode the outer orange trial 1st to learn the boundaries, then rode some of the inner loops. The trials offer many obstacles of varying levels of difficulty. The more difficult jumps, bridges and log climbs offer bypass loops. Several obstacles are immediately after blind turns in the trial and can catch you by surprise. I recommend riding at a moderate pace until you're familiar. the terrain is mostly flat, but there are several steep ravines. Some have narrow wood bridges and some are fast, steep descents and climbs. I'm looking forward to returning to Van Buren to ride some of the loops I missed.

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