Lakes and Ferns Loop

MODERATE 16 reviews

Lakes and Ferns Loop is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Whitehouse, Ohio that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
114 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

forest

river

wildlife

Trail head is at Mallard lake, a small creek-fed lagoon. It loops through some low lying areas and across the waubash-cannonball trail. Trail is a mix of packed dirt, some sandy areas and natural debris. During wet seasons there are spongy areas of black muck and mud.

trail running
18 days ago

26 days ago

1 month ago

Very Beautiful, calm, and relaxing.

1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

I love this trail. It has a little bit of everything. Small hills, wooded areas, streams and ponds. I always end the trail doing the Mallard Lake loop. Such a beautiful gem.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

easy trail with plenty to see. Trail is well-maintained, even in winter

hiking
11 months ago

My favorite trail

hiking
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

hiking
Friday, March 18, 2016

hiking
Thursday, March 17, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

walking
Tuesday, November 04, 2014

My husband and I hiked this trail in the late summer on a very nice breezy day. Oak Openings in general is a very nice metropark, and this trail is especially nice. The trail starts near a small lake, and rounds a bigger lake. The sandy trail can be a bit annoying if you're not wearing the right footwear, but the trail over all is easy. Great trail for families. Just bring bug spray, especially in the summer, since mosquitoes tend to be prevalent.

hiking
Thursday, November 01, 2012

Completed this loop and others as part of a 10 mile hike with our Boy Scout Troop. There is some confusion as to the actual length of this loop, with one map saying 2.7 miles and another saying 2.9. I did not measure this as my battery went out for the GPS, yet I would say that it is shorter than 2.9 miles. Very nice trail, and not too demanding at all. There was a bit of difficulty with the trail being well marked due to the fall leaf covering. Trail is impecibly clean. Picked up two pieces of trash over the entire length.

hiking
Wednesday, March 28, 2012