Blackberry Island Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Fort Loramie, Ohio that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and cross country skiing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.9 miElevation gain36 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyCross-country skiingHikingRunningForestLakeSnow
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Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism, Department of Development, P.O. Box 1001 , Columbus, OH, 43216, Phone: 800-BUCKEYE

Directions from Sidney, OH: Take Interstate 75 to Exit 93. Take State Route 29 northwest for 4 miles. Turn left (west) onto Ft. Loramie-Swanders Road. Take it about 7 miles. Turn right onto SR 362, then another immediate right into the park's picnic area. Begin hiking south near the lagoon.

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Michelle Rhodes
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Muddy! The smell from the surrounding field was very unpleasant.

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patricia Hilton
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since it's early spring expect alot of mud and huge puddles plus a few downed trees otherwise it's a good hike ...

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Bryan Schoenlein
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Lisa Cincinnati
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by the water with almost no elevation. continue to blackberry island across the bridge at the end of the first trail. muddy in a few areas as expected

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Christina Bergman
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too muddy right now. seems big equipment might be the trouble right now.

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Christina Bergman
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Mike McGowan
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Amy Ray
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Great hike. It’s very flat and views are beautiful!

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Christina Bergman
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need benches throughout the trail to enjoy the lake more.

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Christina Bergman
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Betty Ogren
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Samantha Weaver
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A good medium-distance trail. There were a lot of downed trees across parts, especially on Blackberry Island. It would have been really muddy with standing water if they ground wouldn’t have been frozen.

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Mark Yeakle
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Good trail. Grass needs cutting but not a hindrance.

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Kyle Winning
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second half after the bridge is much nicer then the first and last quarter off the island.

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Robert Hall
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John and Lola Smith
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Nick Feathers
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I hiked the a Little Turtle Trace trail and this trail, which is actually 2 trails...the Lakeview trail which goes along the lake and includes a bird mound, and then the BlackBerry Island trail which you cross a footbridge on. You can park near the trailheads of both trails or hike them together. Now I believe this trail has a lot of potential, especially the Blackberry Island trail, but much like the Little Turtle Trace trail, it rates from very poorly maintained, to not maintained at all, with the worst being along the Blackberry Island trail. This entire trail is littered with ankle high grass, bugs, and a lot of poison ivy throughout. It’s best to stay on the trail closest to the water, as the AllTrails map isn’t accurate. The park trails map(I uploaded it), shows a trail farther away from the water but half of it is missing and no longer exists. The bird blind observatory exists, but the door is falling off, and it is full of yellow jackets. It does offer a few alright views of the lake in spots if you climb through the tall grass and poison ivy. The island trail....oh boy. First off, the bridge is falling apart. Walk along the center where the metal support is...you can see numerous broken and rotting boards that people have already fallen through. The railings are about to fall off. The trail is nearly nonexistent, as it is completely consumed by branches, downed trees, vines, weeds, and poison ivy. For all intents and purposes, it’s impassable, unless you want to wash the ivy off, and climb through full size downed trees on the trail. There are also essentially no views of the lake despite being on a trail covering the entire island. This section has a lot of promise if it was cleaned up and maintained, and if they added cut outs to the water for views, plus kayakers to access as it. As it stands, it’s pretty much reclaimed by nature, and quite frankly...pretty much closed. It was a rather irritating and depressing hike. I really hope somebody in their park district and community makes the effort to make something of it, as I think it could be something special. Right now...take my advice...skip and pass.(August 2020)

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Carl Brickner
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The trail has multiple trees down in several different areas. The trees required to either maneuver around, over, and under or go off trail in order to get around them. Several of the trees were quite large and covered large portions of the trail. Trail was also overgrown in many areas too.

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Ryan Junior
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This is actually a combination of the Lakeview Trial & Blackberry Trail. Im sure 5-10 years ago this was one of the best trails in this region of Ohio, but that's probably the last time it was maintained. Lakeview Trail has a ton overgrowth from ankle high grass to weeds as high has your waist, with the trail becoming extremely narrow to the point where you can barely even tell if you're actually on the trail or not. They should actually change the name of this trail to the Fallen Timber Trail because there is literally around 50 downed trees you have to navigate under, over or through. Blackberry Trail is even worse and a complete nightmare with also tons of overgrowth and downed trees...to the point where I had to break out my mini ax to get through multiple spots. There is only 1 tiny spot where you can actually see the lake from this island trail...other than at the beginning when you cross the old bridge. I was the only person on these trails the entire time and started it late afternoon and ran into a ton of cobwebs, which means these trails dont get used much if at all...and I clearly see why nobody comes here.

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patricia Hilton
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

started recording at a high point so this is just halfway it is an unmarked trail the ventures off in many directions will take a better recording another day

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Alex Pfeil
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

There are multiple trees down and it is overgrown, couldn’t get past one of the trees on the island. The trails were very narrow on the island. It is unkept to the point where it is not worth going. I would not go back unless they mow it and widen the paths on the island. It has the potential to be the nicest hiking area within 30 or 40 miles with a little TLC.

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