Joan Jones Portman Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Joan Jones Portman Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Union, Ohio that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

4.3 miles
606 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips







wild flowers



no dogs

At the top of this hike is a rock outcrop with beautiful views of the mountains. This trail will eventually be expanded to a 15 mile hike that will extend to the Shawnee State Forest.

9 months ago

Great small trail! If you like that sort of thing. The mileage is inaccurate on this site. It is only .8 miles long, one way according to the trailhead. However, my pedometer barely made it pass 1/2 mile. Nevertheless, the facilities are clean and beautiful at the trailhead. The view at the top is wonderful and there are a couple of rock formations that are pretty cool.

9 months ago

An easy hike with several switchbacks and minor elevation changes. Far too short, however.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Awesome trail and picnic area.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Another nice hike on the edge of Appalachia! Exploring this area was neat. Abandoned structures, small caves and unique wildlife are some things to look forward to when walking this trail. I was confused at first because I kept hearing a cracking noise off in the distance. The noise ended up being sheets of ice on the river breaking off and slamming into other sheets of ice. Very cool!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Very nice place to hike. Scenery is excellent. It is a well-marked trail. It can be a little muddy in wetter seasons. Caves and a waterfall in the landscape and a great picnic area nearby.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Smooth, moderate trail that climbs steadily from the valley floor up to a high hill with sweeping views of the hills across and the valley below. Fairly well-taken care of trail and no trouble spots to mention. A nice trail in a quiet wilderness area.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

It was a good little hike. We ended up continuing on the trail after the sign said trail end. It ended up taking us to a gravel road and we found our way back to the parking area after making the hike about 3 miles longer than it should have been. But overall it was a good hike.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015