Plateau Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Peninsula, Ohio that features a waterfall 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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muddy
1 day ago

5 days ago

One if my favorites in CVNP. Nice scenery. Pretty easy terrain overall and relatively well maintained.

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7 days ago

Good basic trail with little up / down slopes .. some spots muddy but easily passable

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7 days ago

great trail! have the map up when walking to make sure you don’t accidentally go onto to the other shorter path. Different scenery along the way. Mildly muddy due to the rain the day before but was a lot better than i thought it would be! didn’t see too many people Saturday mid day. overall would recommend for beginners to moderate hikers. Also, took my dog and he enjoyed it!

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bugs
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11 days ago

Awesome trail. Probably my favorite so far

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muddy
11 days ago

This was a great trail. Only has one to two spots of high elevation so I didn’t think it was too difficult. It offers a lot of different scenery (wooded, greenery, open field, small pond, etc). It has a few different paths and trails you can venture off on. Make sure you follow the signs carefully if you want to stay just in the Plateau Trail.

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12 days ago

Plateau Trail is a really nice path, but didn’t see a waterfall.

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muddy
14 days ago

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14 days ago

If you take the off the grid trail, you will enjoy several creaks and elevation contours that are not available on the mark trail. Follow my map to finish the unofficial loop and reunite with the regular trail. Enjoy Amigos!

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20 days ago

It was a nice trail overall, but make sure you follow the signs. I made a wrong turn and ended up doing a small loop on Oak Hill trail back to where I was and I was a bit disoriented by it.

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20 days ago

Nice trail, but I prefer single track dirt. Wide, compressed dirt/gravel trail. Some decent elevation gains but pretty moderate for experienced hikers/runners. Not a lot of people on my Wednesday afternoon run during Covid. Recommended, but make sure to follow the Platue signs

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26 days ago

Awesome Mother’s Day hike. The trail was easy, dry and not crowded. A few elevation changes but pretty level for the most part. You pass by two small ponds, several bridges and streams.

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27 days ago

Nice trail! When starting from plateau trailhead the majority of the beginning of the hike is flat and easy. Enjoy seeing a little pond on the trail. Be careful to follow well marked trail signs in areas to not enter closed areas and to stay on plateau trail and not cross over to the oak hill trail. There is also a place where you can do a short out and back along the ravine. The trail does have a steep descend and ascent over halfway in but it wasn’t too hard. Though there are a couple places you can hike to Sylvan pond. We opted to wait until the second opportunity to hike to it and then back track to the plateau trail instead of finishing on the oak hill trail. Lastly you will come to chestnut pond before finishing up exiting the trail system at one of the oak hill trailheads. Overall lovely and fairly easy medium length hike that can be made longer if desired. Saw some nice spring blooms, ponds and trees along the way! Very seldom trafficked during a weekday when we went.

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27 days ago

A nice long hike. The second half was a bit more interesting. Not too crowded with most people following the signs to travel clockwise.

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1 month ago

Nice trail away from all the crowds. It was mostly dry throughout.

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muddy
1 month ago

Unfortunately my phone died during the hike, however this has been my favorite in a while. Why 5 stars? Not sure if I got lucky but this was the first trail in 2 months I haven't encountered over 30 people on! Extremely refreshing to finally hike a trail that wasn't overcrowded. Highly recommend. Plenty of scenery and nice embankment to hike down to a stream to sit and have a breather.

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1 month ago

This was relatively dry. We enjoyed the hike, mostly open path, & it is closer to 5 mi. I would rate it as easy vs. moderate.

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muddy
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Somewhat muddy but the trail is easy to follow and has some challenges going up and down. Glad I chose this for today!

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1 month ago

Nice trail. Not too busy. There are signs to go clockwise around trail which few people seem to read. Some slightly muddy areas. Some bugs, but they only come when you stop. A few trees down, but all are easy to get over / under. Much nicer once the trees leaf up. Still, a good option for getting a decent hike in the current conditions.

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muddy
1 month ago

Nice dog friendly trail. Well marked. Pretty views.

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1 month ago

Good trail. Needs a little maintenance, much of the gravel is displaced with some washout and muddy spots. Also several trees Dow across the path. Generally light traffic in the early afternoon.

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1 month ago

the trail was outstanding. Not very muddy and well marked. Nice secluded walk through the woods. By chestnut pond there is a really cool picture opportunity with a row of pine trees. I definitely will visit again.

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muddy
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

Nice less traveled hike on north end of the CVNP. Moderate hike with great views. Can get a good five mile hike.

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