East Fork Backpack Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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East Fork Backpack Trail is a 12.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bethel, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
12.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
915 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
19 days ago

needs maintenance

hiking
29 days ago

All the trails at EastFork are great, the only request I would have would to add more trail markers as some of the trails share common links and its easy to get off course.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great warm up trail. 8 miles from trailhead to Camp 2. Frequent water access along the way. Many vistas of lake. Very well marked with red blazes that are faded in most spots, but you also follow blue blazes almost the whole time.

We opted for roads on the way back due to time, burgeoning injury, and novel scenery. Saved A LOT of energy and time.

Pretty mucky in areas when we went this weekends. Last two miles (eastern half of loop) was big altitude swings. Camp 2 had tiki torches, fire rings, wood shelters, and easy access to water.

Enjoyable camping!

hiking
5 months ago

I've been on this trail several times recently and find it to be ideal for working up to longer distances and/or overnight camping, or breaking in boots and new gear. The full out-and-back hike to campsite #2 (?) can be broken up into a variety of shorter loops and has several bail-out points to roads. It is not a remote wilderness experience of course but once you are familiar with it, becomes a go-to "backyard" walk/run/bike in the woods if you live on the east side of Cincinnati. It is one of the few longer trails in the area.

trail running
9 months ago

Park at the mountain bike trailhead. All other documentation states this is a 14 mile trail. Most of the trail is poorly marked, especially the first section. Stick to the red trail markers, they were very faded and extremely difficult to see. The majority of the trail is single track. If you're running, watch out for tree roots, I found many buried under the leaves. Lots of thorns on the last bit before the loop and the loop itself, some where at head height, so watch out! It had rained for about 20 hours prior to my run but was not overly muddy. The leaves provided the most difficulty. I saw at least a dozen dear, maybe more! Overall it was a good run that was not overly challenging, exactly what I needed to try out some new shoes.

backpacking
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