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Lyons Falls, Hemlock Gorge and Pleasant Hill Trail Loop

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Mohican State Park

Lyons Falls, Hemlock Gorge and Pleasant Hill Trail Loop is a 10.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Perrysville, Ohio that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.2 miles Elevation Gain: 928 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

walking

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

The best 10 miles of Mohican Park on one hike! Start at the parking place at Pleasant Hill Dam. Take the Lyons Falls Trail past the small and large Lyons Falls. Continue on the trail following signs to the cover bridge. Do not cross the cover bridge, but go to the right where the parking places are to the trail head for Hog Hollow Trail. Follow this trail up to the fire tower. There are great views from the top of the fire tower. From the fire tower follow the park road east for about 2 kilometers (1.25 miles). There is very little traffic on this road. This will take you to Gorge Overlook. It is worth the few extra steps to go to the two lookout points. Back on the park road, it is just a few more steps to the next trail on the left. Important: Take the very next trail to the left. The main fire road trail will go straight and then curve to the right, but our path goes to the left. This trail will take you down to the driveway where the cottages are and to the bridge to cross to the north side of Clear Fork Mohican River. This is where Hemlock Gorge Trail begins. There is now a new portion on this trail that leads along the waterside. The trail will take you to the driveway where the Primitive Campground is. Follow along this driveway up to the covered bridge. Do not cross this bridge, but cross the street to the trail head for Pleasant Hill Trail. This will take you back to the Pleasant Hill Dam.

hiking
1 day ago

The scenery was beautiful. The actual trails are well marked with lots of down trees. The part on the road was long as well as the connector trail can easily get lost. This is not a backpacking trail with camping unless you want to camp at the camp ground that has people driving up to camp.

hiking
6 days ago

It’s definitely a more popular area so it can get pretty busy but the trails are super gorgeous

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
6 days ago

I had been here before but years ago. I had done most of the trails on this route too but never all at once. Very nice twist connecting all of the highlights in one big loop. The trail notes were spot on and oh so helpful. Didn’t dig the road walking so much but there might not be another way to do it. Also, be careful coming off the road and into the woods. Definitely read the notes or follow the map on the app. Super steep (down) section was a white knuckler in the rain too. May go back and see if we can modify the route around some of the road walking if it doesn’t add too much mileage. Very good hike none the less.

backpacking
muddy
20 days ago

Was a good hike. Lots of down trees on the path probably from recent storms. Was pretty muddy as it rained in the morning. The part where you walk on the road didn't care for due to lots of traffic. Couple parts not marked very well so pay attention to the directions or use the app for the map as we had to. took us about 6 hrs to complete

hiking
27 days ago

I live between Mohican and CVNP and this is my favorite hike I’ve found so far... by far. 2 waterfalls, a covered bridge (twice), a fire tower, and miles of trail next to the sound of running water by the river.

I love this trail , so peaceful

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

It’s gorgeous trail and worth every minute spent. A bit muddy so dress appropriately.

hiking
1 month ago

Great Trail! We saw a few Scarlet Tanager birds. Ditto Kelsie Andrews review. Caution if you take the "east" trail counter clockwise, you go the same direction as the MTB trail for a little bit before you cross the campground (east) bridge. There is also a 29% decline that is rocky. You might want to take the "east" loop clock-wise direction.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! I definitely advise going on a week day and early in the morning due to crowds of people later on in the day. We mostly had the trail to ourselves, but there was some traffic, and lots of traffic once 3pm rolled around. This is the perfect way to see the best sites in the park and perfect for my first trip to Mohican. I didn’t love the 1.25 miles that was on the road, especially cause there were quite a few cars that went past and you do walk past people’s houses and we had someone’s dog run from the house into the road to bark at my dog. If you have a hammock, definitely bring it! There are lots of places to set up for a mid hike break along the river trail and the primitive campground.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail! A lot of the great stuff to see is right away on the trail so after about 5 miles it’s a lot of trail walking. There was also a portion where you walk on the road for a bit which I don’t like a whole lot. But overall great trail! Loved the waterfalls and riverside hiking!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail where are you can see about everything Mohican has to offer on the trail it includes both falls, the damn, and the fire tower (fire tower is temporarily closed) and also quite a bit of riverside hiking which is always nice and peaceful The trail had a couple of muddy spots but nothing you can’t get around I would advise downloading the trail map as it sometimes can be a bit confusing which way to go it also includes a little bit of road walking The trail was nice and well-kept

2 months ago

very great trail!! highly recommended, you cant go wrong when you come to mohican!

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Nice trail, with beautiful scenery. Muddy at times, but that’s part of the fun.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was beautiful and nicely maintained. If we hadn't followed the written difections, we would not have successfully completed this loop though. Thank you to whomever wrote such specific guidelines. Our All Trails showed we completed the trail exactly as it is mapped out but both of our GPS trackers registered that it was closer to 12 miles.

Beautiful day in February for this hike. The first 2.5 miles are beautiful. Enjoyed both falls and just great isolated trail in the morning. The trail from covered bridge to fire tower is where you really feel the elevation gain. We had lunch at the tower. After the tower is the road walking part. Did not enjoy that as too much traffic to contend with. The gorge observation is very nice. The trail gets very tricky here and I’m pretty certain we took a wrong turn. The trail isn’t marked. We ended up going down a very steep incline that dropped us at the cottages(thanks to a nice couple we met for the directions). The hemlock gorge trail was very nice but muddy. Loved following the river. Very peaceful. After the covered bridge it’s a one mile flat trail to the killer stairs. 11 miles total.

Super fun trail! We spent the day in the rain and it was breathtaking! My pup had a blast!

hiking
8 months ago

Great 10 mile day hike! The trail for a short portion after the Gorge overlook was a little confusing, but using the gps on this app made it easy.

hiking
9 months ago

Trail was a bit confusing. All in all the gorge overlook was the highlight of the hike. Couldn’t find designated backpacker campground either so had to hike full trail and leave unfortunately. Would not recommend

hiking
9 months ago

Our plan was to camp at one of the ten backcountry campsites scattered along the trail. We failed to locate any as they aren't marked from the trail side. According to a park ranger, site #7 is "basically on the trail"; but we managed to miss it. We spent the night at the class B site which was somewhere around mile 8. So far as Ohio hiking goes, it was pleasant and a good way to shake down your gear while prepping for a longer trek. If you hit the falls first (falls being relative to Ohio... if you squint, you can see the trickle of water), then you'll finish the hills first. The last half is basically flat and really not much to look at. As I stated, it is a nice enough hike for Ohio. When the leaves start to change, I suppose it'll be pretty.

hiking
9 months ago

not a bad trail if you enjoy being around a lot of people and noise. there are only certain places for overnight parking and camping. the campsites were crowded when I went. if you like a little solitude like i do, this isnt the place. if you have little kids and want to take them on a fun, safe "adventure", this is the spot.

hiking
10 months ago

lots of great scenery. the north side of the trail is much more populated, and less interesting. there isn't great marking at some of the places where different trails connect, so downloading alltrails map ahead of time and using GPS can be helpful. Also, there are a few miles here that are just on a road. Not entirely ideal, but the actual trails are well maintained and have a good array of varied terrain to enjoy.

Great trail in some parts. Not marked and a big portion is on road!

hiking
blowdown
Sat Jun 29 2019

Just a heads up, there are currently 2 large trees blocking the Hog Hollow trail. It is possible to crawl under/through them to get to the trail but it definitely makes things more difficult.

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