it's actually a little more than 8 miles. really weedy in the summer but a great trail. not too hard. a couple difficult crossings but nothing too bad. my family loves it. dont forget your water. takes us about 3 and a half hours but we just stroll along at a slow pace and enjoy it. check for ticks also when you're done.

Great trail. Marked well.

I ran this in a little under 2 hours. Beautiful trail highly recommend. Easy to get lost in some areas so follow the signs. I saw a black snake on the trail and a deer ran out in front of me. Try to climb the big rock it’s a nice views. One side of the lake trail is very short while the other side is the majority of the distance.

This time of year lots of wildflowers. I try to get out every Spring to see them.

Fairly easy walk. It has moderate traffic around the dam but thins out the farther you go. It's busy around the boat dock as well.

Great trail to spend your day on. I most enjoy getting away from the crowds a few miles in and looking for plants and birds. the lake is fantastic at the far end, and there are lots of wonderful things to see along the way. It can be muddy in spots and sometimes the trail is nearly in the lake, but nothing too bad.

Balancing Rocks Trail a nice 4.5 mile loop trail. Great rock formations and cliffs.

backpacking
4 months ago

I did a winter overnight here on 1/31 and it was fantastic. A beautiful and peaceful park. I have done the Lakeshore several times but I was still impressed with the backpack trail. It looked as if it had been blazed and cleared recently, I had no issues following the trail. Water wasn't an issue, there are many streams along the way. Overall a great experience.

A few spots do get muddy. Be wary of ticks and use insect repellant. A great day hike.

Well kept trail with some nice scenery. Have hiked this trail a few times and during warm weather it seems to have a great number of ticks. Other than that, great day hike.

backpacking
8 months ago

Hey, anyone dogging this trail, don't listen to them. I traveled to the Ecuadoran Andes for the views and challenge. I come to the Wayne to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors! This is what this place is all about. I have done the backpacking trail a few times, and each time it was great. I suggest going around end-of-summer or fall, as you will have the place pretty much to yourself. I take all the gear I would on a trek anywhere else in the world, as some parts are pretty remote and well, an injury out there by yourself and you may spend a few days on your own. I have made my own camp off-trail as well as used the campsites you will see along your hike. Bug spray is suggested, and lemon-eucalyptus oil works perfect out there. Looking forward to some winter camping on the trail!

paddle sports
9 months ago

Have been hiking and Canoeing here for 50 years. One of my favorite places to spend a day . Beautiful during all the seasons.

Great trail and beautiful views. Most of the trail is lakeshore but goes off shore for a bit. You got a bit of s Marsh area 3.4 miles in and its a lot of grass.... (bring bug repellant) the bugs were heavy in that area. After you get through that it's awesome. Views of the lake are great, I'd def do it again.

trail running
Sunday, May 28, 2017

My nephew and I ran the Lakeshore Trail and had a blast! Good hill climbs, lots to look at, and a couple of decent places to pick up the pace. It was boggy in a few spots and we each turned an ankle (not too bad) but all in all it was a quite good experience!!

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

It was so pretty! You got a lot of views of the lake and the water was beautiful. I will say it's kind of hard but if you are fully prepared it wouldn't be a problem. A little trash Around some areas near the dam.

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Really enjoyed this hike. Trails are in great shape, a few muddy areas but nothing too terrible. It was a great day, forecast was rain but we went anyway-- not a drop. Nice breeze and so many local flowers/plants blooming.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

It was a great hike, a bit muddy so don't bring shoes or clothes you're not willing to get dirty.

Starting on the pier gives you just about the easiest hike imaginable - for about four miles or so, anyway. After that point, when the view is more of creek beds and less of lake, it is slick, muddy, and frustrating - pretty much all the way to the beach.

The wildflowers coming up at this time of year are beautiful, and the trees aren't yet leafy enough to obscure the views of the lake.

Be prepared for a longer completion time than anticipated, however, due to significant hang-ups in the muddy stretch.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this trail. I almost didn't go due to the reviews of how muddy it is or how people had to double back because of the confusing markers. I didn't find this to be the case. There were a few muddy places but were very passable if you went off the trail 6 feet and went around. I started at the boat ramp and did find that at about 2 1/4 miles in the bridge is partially out and it becomes very muddy but OH DNR has marked a secondary trail with pink ribbons that circles around that. Please don't hesitate to check out this trail. It was a peaceful walk that's not too strenuous and had a lot of wildlife to see as well as some scenic views. A definite thumbs up.

Monday, February 27, 2017

I really enjoy running on this trail. There are a few spots where it gets a bit confusing but hey it's the outdoors right.

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

It's a good trail but once you get near the other side of the lake it get very muddy. I would definitely recommend boots of some kind. I mean very muddy.

Monday, February 20, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Lake Vesuvius is my back yard. I've hiked its smaller trail (Lakeshore Trail) a million times over. Never once have I been disappointed with the lakeshore Trail, well except for some trash thrown about near the entrance. "Of which remains the fault of visitors to the park & not the parks management". However, in regards to the 17.25 mile backpack trail, I'm a bit disappointed and concerned to the lack of proper maintenance, water availability and overall non existent camping spots for overnight hikers. It seems "they" or someone should consider the route a bit more carefully when water and camping are vital to a long distance hikers success.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Great loop.

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

I hiked the lakeshore trail and the back section of the backpack trail about a year ago. The lakeshore trail has some nice views of the lake as you go along. I went in the summer, but I think this would be a beautiful hike in the fall when the leaves are changing. The trail was a little confusing in the back where it intersects the horse trails. This is where I jumped off the lakeshore trail and picked up the backpack trail There weren't any spectacular views that i remember along the backpack trail. It's just a walk in the woods. I had planned on spending the night, but ended up hiking the whole thing in one day. I think it would be nice hike in the fall.

I made a couple of videos of the trip. The first video can be found on my YouTube channel at the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O8Y29zGgG8

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

I hiked the lakeshore trail and the back section of the backpack trail about a year ago. The lakeshore trail has some nice views of the lake as you go along. I went in the summer, but I think this would be a beautiful hike in the fall when the leaves are changing. The trail was a little confusing in the back where it intersects the horse trails. I think the bridge mentioned below was out when I was there as well.

I made a couple of videos of the trip. The first video can be found on my YouTube channel at the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O8Y29zGgG8

backpacking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Overview: The trailhead begins at the recreation area near the boat ramp and the kayak rental shed. You can go either clockwise or counter-clockwise. I went clockwise. You start off with a nice view of the lake on the Lake Shore trail and you eventually have an option to go left up a hill to the Vesuvius B.P. trail or straight to stay on the Lake Shore Trail and pickup the B.P. trail later. I went left to the B.P. trail. From the start of the B.P. trail it is a decent incline. Eventually you are so far from the lake that you have no view at all. You hike the entire time through forest. There are very few sights along the way because of how dense the forest is. You will encounter spider webs the entire time. I probably walked through somewhere between 300 - 500 webs during the entire trip. As far as navigation the trail was overall pretty easy but there are many horse trail crossings that can cause you to very easily take the wrong path. There are many spots where there should've been a blaze and there was either never one posted or someone had ripped it off. I only got turned around once but it was at the same point as someone else so clearly it was confusing to others as well. We actually helped each other find our way back to the right trail. I enjoyed that there was almost no civilization the entire trip. I only ran into a total of 4 people in 2 days on the trail. I will say if you go clockwise you will be incline hiking almost the entire time until the end and a few breaks along the way. Overall a good beginner-intermediate hike if you are in decent shape and not worried about spiders or their webs. Definitely have a map to avoid any confusion due to lack of blazes.

PROS:
Quiet
Secluded and not overpopulated
Challenging
A few nice views of the lake
Pre-made camping spots throughout the trail
Easy to find trailhead
The end of the lakeshore trail was scenic

CONS:
Spider webs
Lack of blazes/difficult navigation
Inclined hiking path majority of the time
Not very good views of anything around because of dense forest
Horse poop on trails
Lake is pretty dirty/no water sources
The area near trailhead smelled really bad of sewage

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

The trail was in great shape. Nice rock outcroppings

backpacking
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

My husband and I backpacked this hoping to draw it out over two days. We went counterclockwise following the yellow blazes and actually didn't have too much trouble finding the trail with the exception of two spots. Very dry, we cached water at Paddle Creek and did treat some water from the lake to no ill effects. The lower trail was nice, saw three box turtles and not a single other person the entire trail. The spiders were horrendous, had to have someone out front constantly waving a stick to get through it and even then plenty in the face. There are some campsites, some trashed but all decent. Stayed at one mile in when we hiked in late Friday night. The upper part was super overgrown with lots of grass and weaving through hollows and some steep climbs. About two miles out from Paddle Creek stopped for a break and looked down to find ourselves COVERED in seed ticks. COVERED. At Paddle Creek we found a cess pool to try to get some off (didn't think of tape until later), hid one of our bags and then abandoned our plans of camping at the nice site in the pines to hike out the five miles on the road to our car to curb the thousands of invaders. Eight hours later after rounds of swimming in chlorine pool, NIX shampoo, bug bombing everything in permethrin. DEET will not deter these f*!#ers, drench yourself in permethrin (can pick up at any Rural King for cheap) before this hike if you do it during the summer. Think it might be nice in the fall though and we were sad to abandon it. But seriously, THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of ticks the size of a pin head everywhere.

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