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Ledges Trail

MODERATE 643 reviews

Ledges Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hudson, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 154 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

historic site

Please note caves are closed to protect bat population. From the parking lot go to the trail sign with the roof. From here you will follow the paved road until you come to a crossroads with a bench and a descriptive sign, go right. You will come to a dead end in which you choose to go left or right, go right for now. You will now begin the first of two outer loops, you will cross a road, and then some restrooms. Just past the restrooms is possibly the most confusing way finding sign on the trail. You can take the spur trail to look over the ledge into the valley, but to stay on the trail take the one just to the left of that. This area is confusing because it is the intersection for trails in five different directions. If you have followed the correct trail you will now be walking below the ledges (they are quite impressive in scale). You will then come to the display sign and bench again (you will visit this crossroads a total of three times), keep walking straight until you come to the same dead-end sign, this time go left. You are now walking the second part of the outer loop. Now you really need to use your navigation skills because the signs on your part of the trail do not include information for the Ledges Trail. Here they begin to give you directions to Happy Day, but that is the Ledges Trail. But they will not use that logic the second time and you will need to follow the Octagon Trail to your left instead of Happy Days to your right. The third time you will want to ignore the Octagon Trail and use the Overlook directional that takes you up the stairs. This will bring you back to the Ledges Shelter trail, take that trail. This brings you back to the directional sign with a bench at the crossroads (your third visit). From the crossroads head to your right and back to the trail sign with the roof and the parking lot.

hiking
14 hours ago

good conditions.

hiking
19 hours ago

classic hike in CVNP, a must hike

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

MUST COME BACK!!

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

Great trail, All trails takes you an odd way. We preferred walking past the Ledges shelter from the parking lot down the main trail path and taking the first right and doing a whole loop. My kids enjoyed scrambling over rocks. Very beautiful trail.

hiking
10 days ago

really cool. lots of options for longer hikes. ice box and views are coolest in the winter.

ice cave is closed

hiking
bugs
16 days ago

Fun little loop! There were lots of rocks that we could climb all over, and the terrain was very pretty! Must do if you’re hiking in the park

hiking
16 days ago

Enjoyed a beautiful morning at the Ledges Loop. We walked with our dogs, it took about two hours for us at a leisurely pace. Did not see but a couple people when we started, but many more closer to lunch. Passed one lady with a younger walking child in one hand and a younger doodle type dog on lead in the other. Grumped at us that she could not handle passing us with our two dogs. Not our fault if she was having an issue. She should have thought her walk better. The trail seemed well maintained and mostly dry (a couple small trickle streams cross the path every now and again). Step areas can be sandy and maybe a slip issue. Rock faces are tall, with many little hide aways to be explored.

hiking
scramble
19 days ago

hike in the dark

hiking
21 days ago

Hiked there this past weekend. Almost 90 degrees but felt like 80. Trees and Overhangs kept it cool. Moderate for some but some climbing is involved. Will do it again. Closer to sunset

hiking
rocky
21 days ago

Virginia Kendall is one of my favorite trails in the area! Great for families and single hikers alike!

hiking
22 days ago

Great moderate hike and family friendly. Our three year old hiked the entire path!

hiking
26 days ago

Highly recommend this trail. Shady, relaxing

hiking
26 days ago

We went with our dog and it was very nice! Not too challenging.

hiking
26 days ago

I would recommend this trail shady, rock formations amazing

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
30 days ago

beautiful

hiking
rocky
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Signage has been improved

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate as described. Nice ledges that you walk next to at the base. I thought the trail was well marked but there are several intersecting trails so you need to have a basic sense of the trail. Printed trail maps were available when we visited near the parking area and restrooms.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail and unique for the area. Always a great time.

hiking
1 month ago

I have suggested a few edits for this trail. The first edit is the route that is currently displayed (as of 07/13/2019). The current route uses connector trails; it is not the marked Ledges Trail. Here is a quick description of the Ledges Trail route. From the parking lot go to the trail sign with the roof. From here you will follow the paved road until you come to a crossroads with a bench and a descriptive sign, go right. You will come to a dead end in which you choose to go left or right, go right for now. You will now begin the first of two outer loops, you will cross a road, and then some restrooms. Just past the restrooms is possibly the most confusing wayfinding sign on the trail. You can take the spur trail to look over the ledge into the valley, but to stay on the trail take the one just to the left of that. This area is confusing because it is the intersection for trails in five different directions. If you have followed the correct trail you will now be walking below the ledges (they are quite impressive in scale). You will then come to another poorly informed waypoint that is not on the map and your app will tell you that you are off route, but you are not (the sign now points you to the shelter instead of the trail and this part of the trail is not correct in Alltrails). You will then come to the display sign and bench again (you will visit this crossroads a total of three times), keep walking straight until you come to the same dead-end sign, this time go left. You are now walking the second part of the outer loop. Now you really need to use your navigation skills because the signs on your part of the trail do not include information for the Ledges Trail. Here they begin to give you directions to Happy Day, but that is the Ledges Trail. But they will not use that logic the second time and you will need to follow the Octagon Trail to your left instead of Happy Days to your right. The third time you will want to ignore the Octagon Trail and use the Overlook directional that takes you up the stairs. This will bring you back to the Ledges Shelter trail, take that trail. This brings you back to the directional sign with a bench at the crossroads (your third visit). From the crossroads head to your right and back to the trail sign with the roof and the parking lot. My second big suggested correction to this route is that it is not easy. The outer loop consists of creek crossings, climbing up and down roots and rocks/boulders, and being able to step up or down by at last 18 inches. Also, there is a level of surefootedness you will need to have. The area has a lot of fine sugar-sand that is slippery on the rocks when it is wet and dry. Most of the easy part is the center of the trail to the outer loops. Please do not let this review deter you. It is an enjoyable trail. I just wanted you to have the correct information you may need if you are trying to schedule an outing with members who are not surefooted, are mobility impaired or are elderly.

1 month ago

I loved this trail! However, many of the reviews stated it was an "easy" trail and "good for all ages". I would definitely disagree. I took my 70 year old parents. My Dad fell. There was a lot of roots and rocks to climb over. Good for someone who is agile but not good for someone who isn't very steady on their feet.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike along tree covered trails... such thick tree cover overhead that it rained while there and we barely felt the rain. Amazing rock formation - deep cuts into the rocks that you can walk through. Great views from the observation point that reminded us of those in Shenandoah. More people and traffic at the observation point but never an issue.

hiking
1 month ago

great hike, bring bug spray in the summer! brutal bites, but well worth the hike. will return in the winter.

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