Blue Jacket Loop Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near North Bend, Ohio that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 147 feet Route Type: Loop

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Meadows of goldenrod and thistle, deep woods, scenic overlook (Shawnee Lookout) This trail, named after Chief Blue Jacket of the Shawnee Indians has a lovely blend of wood and meadow. In the summer, the goldenrod and thistle in the meadows draw monarch butterflies, and the slippery elm, sugar maple, and other trees provide great colors in the fall. There are signs throughout the trail describing wildlife as well as benches to rest on in the scenic areas. Shawnee Overlook is about half-way through the trail, and the benches invite hikers to sit and appreciate the view of the Great Miami River and the hills of southwestern Indiana (the barely-visible highway is only a minor intrusion). About half of the trail is gravel so walking is easy, but the loud crunching of my feet on the path scared away any potential wildlife spottings. This is a heavily-traveled trail, perfect for families with younger children. This short trail is perfect for locals or vacationers looking for a liesurely stroll through the woods.

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1 month ago

Fun, easy trail

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2 months ago

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10 months ago

It’s a ok trail. It’s a got great views and it feels peaceful but the only problem I got is the bugs are super bad. Every minute something was buzzing in my ear. I think there flies. I walked a lot of nature trails and this is one of the worst with bugs. So if you don’t care about bugs buzzing in your ear every minute than this is a good trail.

Thu Apr 11 2019

Short trail; well marked; overlooks Ohio river at vantage point.

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Sun Mar 24 2019

Loved this trail, mostly wooded. The views were amazing.

Sun Sep 30 2018

Short little walk through a meadow and forest, we like this as a warmup to the Little Turtle trail nearby

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Thu Jul 19 2018

This trail is definitely an easy trail, not moderate, as it’s mostly flat. The trail crosses a meadow several times so if it’s a hot day, the sun will get you a few times. My dog and I loved it. Since it’s so short, we combined it with the Little Turtle Trail for a nice hike.

Sun Jun 25 2017

hot pancakes

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Sat Jun 03 2017

Nice easy short walk through the woods. Well-maintained path and a fun little adventure I recommend!

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Sat Oct 29 2016

Well maintained. Gravel path with mild grades. Nice overlook over the valley at the end.

Mon Sep 08 2014

The geocache make this trail all the better.

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Fri Sep 14 2012

Really nice trail, it's a great workout because it's all hills, one thing though, I never really got into the hike because u hear cars, see the highway, see electrical towers, or hear mowers, overall a good hike :)

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Sun Aug 14 2011

This trail features access to 3 geocaches including the oldest in Ohio, a few old growth trees, and one great overlook plus a couple ok overlooks. The rare & endangered Running Buffalo Clover has been found on this trail. The length is about 1.5 miles in the lollypop loop style. Rating would be easy with a couple moderate hills. A nice evening stroll. The park has 2 other marked hiking trails totalling around 3.5 miles

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