Buckeye Trail and Gorge Overlook Loop

MODERATE 40 reviews
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Buckeye Trail and Gorge Overlook Loop is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near South Bloomingville, Ohio that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
587 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

muddy

Gorge Overlook Trail to Cedar Falls back through Buckeye Trail to Old Man's Cave. The Gorge Overlook Trail [Red Blazes] skirts the rim of the Old Man's cave area to Rose Lake and then over to Cedar Falls. This is a nice trail with some hills and only one real steep part on the approach toward Rose Lake. Once you get down to the Cedar Falls parking lot you take the yellow blazes to Cedar Falls. Then from Cedar Falls you take the Buckeye Trail [Blue Blazes] back towards Old Man's Cave. There are many trees down from storm damage over the years where the trail has been re-routed to some very strenuous and almost completely vertical to go up new stairs. Trail was very busy with people today.

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9 days ago

Lots of people and dogs but it was a great hike.

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3 months ago

One of the best combined loop trails to take while in the Hocking Hills area.

Whether you begin with the Gorge Overlook trail from Old Man's Cave, or start with the Buckeye Trail from OMC, the route begins with a nice, flat scenic hike. From about the middle of either trail, elevation comes into play with some fairly steep, curving inclines and long, slow elevations, which peak around Rose lake and come back down as you head to Cedar Falls.

The trail offers a wide range of views both from above the gorge, and while down in the valley. It's a favorite hike of mine because the degree of difficulty varies from all ranges of a nice, easy walk, through to tough incline trails. It also gives you a real sense and feeling of all the life and soul of the Hocking Hills area, and is an incredible break from the hustle and bustle of life for a few hours.

The trail is both kid and pet friendly, as we often take our dog and kid with us. Get out and enjoy it!

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4 months ago

Excellent trail. Parked at the southwest corner of the trail around 9 am. Just a few cars. When we got back around noon the entire parking lot was madness! Get here early!

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4 months ago

The beginning and end were great, but the 2 mile hike in between was just okay.

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