Plateau Trail

MODERATE 123 reviews

Plateau Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Peninsula, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
318 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
59 minutes ago

Solid trails with great scenery. Minimal wildlife but good otherwise.

hiking
24 days ago

Nice hike, only saw one other person the whole time. Easy to navigate. Still pretty even though it’s all brown and dreary out. Not as muddy as I expected, even after the rain. Would still recommend some shoes/boots that you don’t mind getting dirty

1 month ago

Great for a quick loop or two! Beautiful pond off of one of trails!!

1 month ago

Excellent winter hike! Little muddy, but trail is well maintained so not a huge deal.

4 months ago

Pretty easy trail, 1 large hill. Trails have lots of exposed roots. Good long trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Wow!!! First time hiking the Plateau Trail with friends and I would rate it as moderate. Not for beginner hikers. Not as much color as I thought there would be but maybe most of the leaves have fallen since it is mid Oct. Trails a little tricky to navigate because of tree roots crisscrossing and stones on trail but not impossible. Would like to see a few more scattered benches. Got a little mixed up as the trail nears the entrance on Riverview Rd. Managed to walk the 5 mile trail in about 2 hrs 45 minutes. Beautiful scenery and a beautiful park.

6 months ago

Did a slightly modified version going to the ponds, but the pups loved it and lightly trafficked on a Thursday morning

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

I would say this trail is more easy than moderate but very relaxing. Majestic views and soothing nature sounds!

8 months ago

Well maintained, mostly flat with one fairly steep up and down. Trail signs get a bit confusing, and a I missed a small portion. Very peaceful. Trek to Hemlock Ravine is worth the view.

hiking
8 months ago

Really nice well maintained trail

hiking
8 months ago

This is one of the nicer trails around. It "mingles" with the Oak Hill trail...some of the uploaded tracks below actually show the Oak Hill Trail, others show a combination. There are signs on the respective trails but, even so, it's easy to get confused. But it doesn't matter much because they both start and end in the same place. (The trail pictured at the head of the article is the true Plateau Trail.) Overall the Oak Hill trail is pretty flat, while the Plateau Trail is mostly so with the dip into the valley indicated. You're mostly in nice woods and away from road noises. Both trails go by nice ponds that are fun to check across the seasons. The spur to Hemlock Ravine is worth taking; it goes to the top of a deep ravine filled with hemlocks, not rare but not common in the area. This is a good trail for birding in the spring.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Kid friendly flat surface runners trail

9 months ago

Sunday, April 09, 2017

a little muddy right now, but quite a nice variety of terrain. =)

trail running
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Nice forest trail with distance, elevation, scenery and calmness.

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

Pretty typical forest landscape. There is a nice section of pines for about a mile. The most remarkable part about this trail is the lack of roads. Whereas most of the trails in the park intersect roads or highways, this trail actually goes through quite a bit of uninterrupted forest. It is fairly quiet and free from road noise which is really nice!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Less hikers than other parts of the CVNP. But you're not alone. The first mile, clockwise, is noteworthy, but after that it's mostly quiet unremarkable forest... which is a good thing;)

hiking
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Really enjoyed the hike.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

A nice 2 hr hiking trail for a day with friends. No very steep areas. A few bodies of water that dogs will love and some cool areas with trees along both sides of the trail. Didn't see much wildlife, but wasn't expecting a ton anyways. Love CVNP!

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Lovely hike through mostly wooded areas. Bring bug spray during the summer months.

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Nice simple hike. One LONG STEEP down hill then just a couple of pretty easy rises. Nice to mix with oak hill trail if you want to shorten it a bit (or take oak hill and lengthen a bit.

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Rather flat but long trail that has two small ponds. Most of the trail is in the woods and is shaded. Beautiful pines line parts of the trail. Good running trail and dog friendly. Makes for a nice long walk.

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

I didn't think this was a moderate to difficult trail. This seemed very easy. The only time it was more difficult was with the one incline. It was a nice, quiet walk in the woods. We only passed a few people and the shade from the trees was nice. It was a very mild day without a lot of humidity.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

I enjoyed this trail that I hiked on a hot summer afternoon. Lots of canopies of trees to keep it cool. We even saw a snake (not poisonous) at one point. Nice that you can add distance via the connecting trail as well as an option.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The first half of the hike has the most interesting terrain. Nice rows of pine trees border part of the trail followed by blooming crabapple. From there it leads to some ravine overlooks but thee are no magnificent views which I had expected given the name "plateau".

hiking
Sunday, July 05, 2015

I would definitely do this trail again, perfect distance and lots of shade from the hot sun

hiking
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

good hike. nice clean trails. lots of roots. few decent climbs. not a lot of traffic.

trail running
Saturday, December 15, 2012

Nice trail to run on. Pine forests, ponds some hills. Plateau Trail leads into Oak Trail.

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