Day Hike Trail

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Day Hike Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near West Portsmouth, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles
639 feet

dogs on leash


trail running



wild flowers

21 days ago

Hiked the west loop on Memorial Day weekend 2018. Actual mileage was about 4.2, not posted 3.7. Some parts were nice. Beautiful hardwood forest with nice assortment of trees , including conifers and some towering oaks. HOWEVER, this trail clearly sees little activity so the trail had lots of sections with long grass/weeds and poison ivy (in the trail). And worse.... 1000’s of tics. My wife , son, and I hiked with our dog ... and had to stop every 50 yards for inspection. We had them all over us all day. (And still are finding them hours later)

1 month ago

great trail, just wish they would stop logging everything. Part of the trail is logging roads with the equipment still sitting there.

We opted for the East loop which had some nice single track trail on the far east side, but adds 3 miles or so. There was a map near the trailhead that we took a picture of, since alltrails has the shorter version. The grass was mowed, so no high weeds this time around. There are some small openings that offer some nice views and some deep hollows that would be gorgeous with spring flowers. we'll definitely be doing this one again!

9 months ago

A nice day hiking trail with some nice views. I hike it several times a year. I enjoy Spring and Fall the most.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Trail was a very nice hike. There is actually quite a bit of vertical rise in the trails. I wouldn't take a small child or beginner hiker on this trail just because of the difficulty. There were sections of the hike where you had to wade thru waist high grass so make sure you bring and use bug spray. But overall it was a great hike.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The map from the government does not correspond well with the actual signs on the earth! No where on their backpacking map does it mention an East Loop. But there are signs about the East Loop along the "Day Hike" trail. Their map also does not show this loop. It appears the signs on the trails are referring this loop as the "West Loop".

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Wonderful hike!! As the poster before me stated, it is 4.2 miles now. Was a good workout, good elevation change 1.5 miles in. Well marked and in nice shape. Not much to see, but if you love being in the woods like me, I'd be on it everyday.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

They've changed this trail. It's now a 4.2 mile hike. It has a wonderful midway point with a great view.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I'm from this area so I should like this trail more than I do, it's a nice hike kind of challenging if you were a beginner or only do short hikes. The real drawback to this trail is there isn't a whole lot to see with the exception of an overlook that's rather nice. It's totally worth it don't get me wrong, it can be a bit challenging at time because it has a lot of up and down hills. Pro tip-travel light

Friday, May 09, 2014

Great hike! Took my an 12 and 14 year old and they did fine. They were dead tired at the end but made it. Give it a shot if you want to challenge yourself.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Definitely more than moderate but not extreme. Creek crossing and large down trees make for some messy points but great trail. Steep ridges on end of clockwise made it more work. Have to hit it again in May and try counter clockwise per other review.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Great trail, although it was more challenging than I expected. Will do it again someday and try to beat my time of 3:35 to complete the 7 miles of steep hills.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My wife and I have hiked this trail several times and have enjoyed the hike tremendously. We have found that traversing the loop in a counterclockwise direction is an easier hike than the clockwise direction. The trail is marked with mile-markers for a clockwise direction of travel; however in this direction there are a couple of fairly long, steep hills at about the 5.5 and 6.5 mile points that tend to make that direction of travel a bit more challenging. Because it is a loop the total vertical rise/fall is the same in either direction, but because the steep uphills come later in the hike when traveling in the clockwise direction they make it more of a challenge.

In the May timeframe there is a section of the trail along the ridgeline (northernmost point of the loop) that is filled with mountain laurel blossoms that are spectacular! I don't think we have ever encountered another hiker on this trail on any of our hikes. Because it does not seem to get much traffic (at least from our experience), it does tend to get overgrown a bit in the summer and there is quite a bit of poison ivy in places. In general we try to hike this trail in the fall through early summer timeframe to avoid the poison ivy. There are a couple of spots where the hiking trail overlaps with a bridle trail and you need to make sure you don't follow the wrong branch. That said, the trail is in great shape and well marked.

All-in-all this is a great wooded hike with many spring wildflowers and great fall colors. While there are not too many spectacular views (better when the leaves are off the trees) it is still well worth the trip and a very enjoyable, secluded place to hike!

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