Girdled Road Reservation - Oak Leaf Loop

MODERATE 9 reviews

Girdled Road Reservation - Oak Leaf Loop is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Chardon, Ohio that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
305 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Very nice, well maintained and well mark trail. Mostly flat with one major climb. Great views.

backpacking
1 month ago

Backpack training and daypacking. There is a camping area as well to hike to.

hiking
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backpacking
2 months ago

I was very impressed with this trail.
Fortunately it was a magnificent Sunday morning, spring 50'-60' degrees and lots of wild flowers and trees in bloom.
In addition you could see into the woods but leaves were coming onto the trees.
The entrance/parking lot off Radcliffe Rd was very nice, clean, and secure.
People were also unloading some horses, pretty cool.
Nice restrooms before you hit the trail too if needed.
Heading north shortly you come to a nice wetlands/lake very nice with a small trail around it.
Not very far in and it's silence except for nature.
This place is out there so it's quiet already.
Going North on the Oak Leaf Trail very nice, secluded, natural, quiet with some nice creeks and ravines and rocks.
Up ahead closer to the top of the loop the valley floor drops a good 110'-130' ft, real nice view.
Heading down you start to hear Big Creek with some very nice small waterfalls and nice boulder fields.
Hitting the top of the loop you can head N on the Chickadee Trail which is more primitive and difficult.
The loop trail is a jeep trail hard packed gravel but rough enough to be considered a trail.
Continuing S back on the loop you meander beside Big Creek.
Once again very nice, very scenic.
A little further S you'll see the suspension bridge to To another park entrance on Rt 608
Cross the suspension bridge and comeback, it's a trip !!
A true one lane bridge over Big Creek, it bobbles and sways but is built extremely safe. That was cool !!
Up ahead you'll run into more small falls and Boulder fields, really nice.
Remember that 130' grade you came down Northbound ?
Guess what ? Now you get to climb it Southbound !!
Very nice tho they've strategically placed 3-4 benches for a "breather"
When your doing the loop you realize just how big this piece of land is.
I rated it a four figuring the Appalachian Trail and Rockie Mtns. are true 5's
As are some locations in Southern Ohio have an edge.
But for this area it is super nice.
Simple walking pace covered the loop about 3.8 miles based in recorded GPS tracks at 2 hrs.
I definitely want to check out the Chickadee Trail and grab a campsite for a weekend.
I recommend this trail.
Craig

hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this on a Sunday morning...very nice trail, enjoyed the fall colors...would recommend to anyone