Char Mar Loop is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Galena, Ohio that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, 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: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 82 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips






As of April 2020, the wildlife lookout is closed due to COVID-19.

6 days ago

it was everything I was hoping for. A shady walk on a sunny day. dry trail that had been recently dragged. Wonderful.

12 days ago

Nice gravel trail and loop.

1 month ago

This is an easy to do walk through open woods. There’s few creeks or fall, and a few small incline spots. Right now the wildlife look out is closed due to COVID, so keep that in mind. A lot of families with small kids are using the path. For me, too crowded for me, I prefer a more secluded and more creeks and things to photograph. But overall wonderful trail!

3 months ago

Great short hike to get out and stretch the legs. Few elevation changes to get the blood going. They now have a connector trail to the Polaris=>Galena multi-purpose trail. Usually see deer but none today.

7 months ago

fun hike while visiting the grandchildren

Gorgeous! Saw three deer in the road 5 minutes after a male deer grunted at me.

9 months ago

Good trail for the family, we did it with rain forecast within the next few hrs. We saw a lot of wildlife at the blind, great diversity of animals. My kids liked the natural play area so we stopped there on the way in and way out on the trail.

11 months ago

lovely well maintained walk in the woods. despite all the recent rain it was not muddy and downed trees had recently been cleared. dont miss the wildlife blind! if you go up the stairs you can watch the pond through the blind and if you look out the left side there are a variety of well stocked bird feeders. When we were there we saw many different birds. This is a very popular trail so just know you wont be alone.

Tue Apr 30 2019

Average trail. Lots of people walking, running. Some dogs. Not as good as other trails out in larger, wilder parka. Good for a family stroll, little else.

Sun Apr 14 2019

Beautiful forested trail with lots of ups and downs to keep the heart in a nice active zone. Phenomenal bird watching

Mon Mar 11 2019

Nice trail to walk/run with dogs or kids! Path is smooth and well maintained and very few inclines. Don’t expect to see any views or anything too different, it is a very simple wooded trail.

Tue Mar 05 2019

Love char mar! Crushed gravel path- great for running loops. Lord of dog walkers.

Mon Jan 28 2019

Just ok. Good for getting the miles in when in a pinch.

Sun Jan 13 2019

My lazy three year old and active five year old enjoyed it. Nice gravel path, which makes it ideal for soggier days. And very clean bathrooms!

Mon Jan 07 2019

Perfect little loop to get me and my dog out for a quick hike!

Sun Dec 30 2018

Easy hike. Not to long, lots of wildlife. We saw lots of birds and a few deer.

Fri Dec 28 2018

Quiet little hike. Great natural play area for kids.

Tue Sep 04 2018

Trail is an easy walk that is great for wildflowers and birds. Love that dogs are allowed.

Tue Sep 04 2018

It should be marked as Easy, not Moderate, but still a great trail. Lots of trail runners and dog walkers. Elevated birding blind and pond to see birds.

Thu Jul 19 2018

Short somewhat challenging loop

Wed Jul 18 2018

Nice trail through woods with some inclines.

Wed Jul 11 2018

Very beautiful and peaceful

bird watching
Sun Jun 10 2018

Really enjoyed walking through the woods. The scenic o erlook was a nice touch. Loved seeing the birds at the feeder.

Sun Mar 18 2018

very well maintained trail with lots of hills through beautiful forest. I'll be back again soon.

Sat Mar 17 2018

Lovely, lightly used trail. But I'd classify this trail as "easy"; graveled, flat path with little elevation gain/loss.

Sun Mar 11 2018

Easy 1.5 mile hike/walk. Very quiet, light traffic, clean grounds.

Sun Mar 04 2018

Love this trail

Sun Feb 25 2018

Trails were clean and easy to pass through. Scenery was beautiful and the fitness activities along the way were fun.

Thu Dec 14 2017

Nice short trail with lots of gentle hills. Trailhead has well maintained restrooms, and ample parking.

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