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Caesar Creek Gorge Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Waynesville, Ohio that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 160 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

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Getting There

After parking in the gorge, you'll cross the bridge and head south until you run into the markings for the Gorge Loop Trail. You'll gain some elevation right away on the steps and a little over a mile later, you'll end up back near that bridge. Head north towards the dam that creates Caesar's Creek Lake, climb it, and then head east on the gravel area adjacent to the road until you get to the Flat Fork area. Just past the restroom facilities, you'll head west toward the lake and enter the woods. You'll continue on this trail, passing multiple lake views and the spillway where you'll continue on until you reach a swinging bridge. The falls are just west of this area. On the trip back, you'll take a slightly different route to minimize any overlap, making this more like a loop than an out and back.

There is a large parking area in the gorge with restroom facilities and picnicking facilities

You'll take Clarksville Rd. south off of 73 east of Waynesville. Once you pass the visitor center, you'll take a right down into the gorge. If you cross dam, you've gone too far.

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Katie Schmidt
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This was a good trail but the signs, or lack thereof, sucked. At one point, the signs pointed two different ways indicating the loop trail, and all that they led to was a clearing and no other part of the trail. When you first start the trail, after crossing the bridge, you can either go sharp left, and it just takes you on a small, paved path; slight left takes you to the loop, and a pretty long incline; right also takes you to the loop, the other way, however if you go right, you’ll have to climb a lot of stairs. If you do go so that you come down the stairs instead of up them, make sure you take a right onto the gravel path to head back to the parking lot. If you go left, it’s another couple miles to a different area. Thanks fellow hiker for letting us know that part!

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Lisa Mari Stockdale
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Hiking

Really nice quick work out to get in the morning with my son on my back!

Cyndee Young
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Nice trail! We went south (turn right) soon started the uphill steps! At least 300 - I should have counted them! Nice views! Some parts of the trail were narrow due to plants growing into the path. I agree with other comments that the trail is not marked well. We had a good map so figured it out easily.

Monique Baker
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Loved it !! Took all 3 of my boys. We call this the stair master lol

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Megan Heflin
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awesome hike but there is some downed trees

Alexandria Joyce
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Very beautiful. Recommend going clockwise unless you want to walk up a bunch of steps. Took the young kids and they enjoyed it.

Julie Strotman
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I am sure we did not hike this trail as intended. Very poorly marked. I can see how it would be beautiful in the summer. We will definitely try again sometime.

David Bequette
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Poor marking, paved in some areas and uneven steps/stairs.

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Nicole Devin
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I loved this trail!! We hiked on NYD and it was awesome!! The trail is well maintained and easy for kids! We ended up hike 2.4 miles!! A note: no pets!! I will def do this hike again!!!

Debbie B.
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Hiking

This was a great hike. Did it on Thanksgiving Day. We did the loop clock-wise which worked out great because then we came down the 150 steps rather than going up them. It was a gloomy day. I could see this trail being beautiful with spring flowers or the fall leaves. We extended the hike a little bit by doing a little of the Fossil Trail that shoots off this trail at the top of the steps. So we did a total of just over 2 miles.

Donna Cooper Smith
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Muddy

Great day for hiking, the trail was muddy, and slippery. The temperature was just right today. Most of all the scenery was awesome. Had the trail to ourselves. Donna

Vicki Huber
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Steep uphill climb with lots of steps, not kid-friendly. Well maintained.

Andrew Brewer
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simple trail, well-maintained. good areas near parking for picnics and relaxing

Alexis Kirk
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Perfect trail for and hour before dusk. No people around very shady. Trail is well maintained with a few muddy spots. There is a creek and pond at various spots. Would do this trail again.

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Tom S.
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Lauri Beckmann
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Very pretty Trail and kept up nicely. I love to walk my dog here, he enjoys running up the stairs that were built. I really like that you can combine it with other trails and have a long hike.

Bryan Chin
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Hiking

Perfect little loop! You can take the nature trail off the loop and cross the road to link up with some other trails in the area if you want an extension.

Samantha Browning
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the trail was well maintained and a perfect hike for our 2 dogs. there are a lot of stairs but it wasnt bad. there is a nice area we let the dogs play in the creek just off the path.

Shawn Becker
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If you like cute puppies and a lot of stairs, this trail is for you! My wife and I hiked it this afternoon, good terrain and a nice clear path for beginners.

Joe Cox
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great hike

Stephanie Combs
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nice trail but very buggy

Kait Mayne
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My grand beasts and I call it “the edge of the world” trail....great views without foliage and a beautiful well kept trail with many places for young kids to explore

Douglas Miller
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Took our grandson who is 22 months old today. We had a blast. would recommend this trail.

Leave NO Trace “BEAR”
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Be Gentle to Mother Nature

Carolyn Goettke
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Fun hike! There is a spur off to the creek to look for fossils and the kids loved looking for them!

Ashley Mauk
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This was a beautiful fun hike for the fall with my 4 year old. Different walking paths with stairs, rocks, pavement and lots of different trees, bushes,flowers,streams, lakes and rocks. We loved it and highly recommend it for little legs. Perfect length!!!

Imelda Walle
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Beautiful my kids love and i love it❤

Scott Kopittke
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Hiked the trail with kids 9 & 12 they enjoyed including the concrete channel to the left of the dam outflow and across the top of the dam along the road over to the spillway that connected back to the gorge trails. The far west trail was posted "closed due to erosion" but still passable on 7/14. About 6 feet of trail is eroded into the creek but stable to walk on if you are careful. 2 mile total this route.

Michelle .
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Signs say closed but you can make it all the way around with no issues. Just a few slippery spots on one of the downhills. And a few nice shallow easy entry spots for the puppy to swim in the creek

Amy Barker
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It was a good trail but you are not able to complete the loop because it's close at one point due to erosion.

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