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Ohio Brush Creek Hiking Trail (Serpent Mound)

MODERATE 22 reviews

Ohio Brush Creek Hiking Trail (Serpent Mound) is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Peebles, Ohio that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 39 feet Route Type: Loop

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This is a short hiking trail at Serpent Mound State Memorial. Many people visit this location and walk around the paved pathway the encircles the "snake". However, there is also a short hiking trail that shows some nice views of rock outcroppings. $8 parking fee.

26 days ago

Simple little hike that's great for families and small children. Steep portion of the path but short.

3 months ago

This is a good, short trail to take if you're already in the area for the Serpent Mound. Parking is $8, but between the museum, the trail, and the Serpent Mound itself, it's worth it.

8 months ago

good time. nice short but fun trail to hike. Dont forget to view the mound from the tower of heights dont bother you. be sure to visit gift shop and pay for parking. enjoy!

9 months ago

The hike is not long, however, you shouldn’t be coming with the expectations of an amazing natural hike. This trail is about the history of the area and the people that lived here hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

11 months ago

There's a parking fee; when the shop's closed, deposit cash in the dropbox outside the front of the shop. There are port-a-potties when the regular bathrooms are locked down, and they can be found in the parking lot. Trash cans can be found on site, and there's a sizable roofed shelter (sometimes rented out to groups for use) with picnic tables across from the shop. There is ample paved parking for cars, and some spots for a trailer to pull through off to the side. The walk around the Serpent Mound itself is paved, but expect mud once you follow the trail away from the clearing into the wooded areas (this time of year, at least). Expect deer, squirrels, and tourists with dogs.

Fri Oct 19 2018

Great trip. Easy, walkable trails. Museum and gift shop are fantastic. Very kid & dog friendly.

nature trips
Mon Oct 15 2018

Always enjoy historical locales! If you’re in the area it’s a nice stopping off point maybe get some lunch enjoy it here! Serpent mound is very easy! Climb the tower it’s a right of passage for visiting the property! Mind that your children do not climb on the numerous mounds in the area! Remember to respect those that have been before us! There’s a small fee for entry! Pay it and do it!

Sat Jan 06 2018

Fun trail for kids and beginners. Incredible views. Huge icicles in the colder months!

Thu Dec 29 2016

An awesome side trail going around the serpent mound, along the crater rim at parts, lots of amazing natural wonders to see!!!

scenic driving
Fri Sep 09 2016

The drive we took to the site from the east was fairly long and mostly isolated. It was very pretty in places, and there were many old abandoned buildings along the way, if you have an interest in those. We left toward the west and found it to be more farm land than the other direction. The mound park charges $8 per car, and you are expected to pay even if the museum and gift shop are closed, so bring cash. There are bathroom facilities available even when the center is closed. The walk to the mound from the car is an easy one, and the trail around it is very near the mound, crossing it in one place. You are not supposed to walk on the mound for obvious reasons, except on the crossing. I'm not in great shape for walking, and I had little problem with the trail. It is a fascinating thing, and it was nice to see it first hand. There is an overlook, but the area below is so overgrown that you can't see anything beyond. If you enjoy hiking on unpaved trails there seemed to be several there as well. There is also at least one burial mound on the site near the parking lot. One caution: The county where the park is located does not spray for mosquitos. While we were there I was attacked quite a lot by mosquitos on my exposed skin. The other areas of Ohio where we went on this trip did not have this problem. Apparently the site managers are aware that there is standing water in the area, but believe the area wildlife is fed by the mosquitos, so they won't spray for them. Be sure to take precautions before venturing outside at this site.

Sun Jun 05 2016

A well kept slice of American history

Sat Aug 15 2015

The "X" factor is seeing The Serpent Mound, and the man in the office knows a lot. I didn't see any aliens, but the trail was a short trail, and looked similar to anything else in southern Ohio. The mound is the best part.

Mon Apr 15 2013

This was a nice little walk while visiting Serpent Mound.

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