Plateau Trail

MODERATE 162 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

backpacking
1 month ago

First time and loved it. Took a couple of hundred pictures and finished in 2-1/2 hours. Well maintained trail.

1 month ago

This is one of my favorites in the CVNP. It’s never busy, is fairly remote, and takes you through several different ecosystems. It’s great for dogs too.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. I met a group of volunteers who maintain and cleared the trail :) which was very nice. Signs are a bit confusing at times - no biggy. Love the trail and will come back.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is pretty easy 80% of the time, but the dip in the middle can sneak up on you. I’d like to stop by the lake in the middle next time, but other than that there isn’t much to this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect trail for a 94 degree day. This trail is 80% flat and in the shade of some of the oldest forest in the valley. The trail is well marked with a lot of cut backs to shorten the trail if needed. Lots of birds in the area, scarlet tanagers and pileated woodpeckers can be heard and seen if patient. I will be back to run this trail since it is more like tow path with it's condition, maintenance and few things to trip over.

3 months ago

I expect the distance is the reason for the moderate rating...but this is a pretty flat, easy hike with only one steeper hill midway. Well marked and maintained.

walking
3 months ago

The trail is almost 100% shaded. It’s longer but an easy trail to walk. On Memorial Day found very few people who were hiking.

3 months ago

Extremely well maintained trail with many water features to enjoy. I’m a sucker for pine groves and there’s a nice one on this trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail for running/training. Nice few sceneries to be seen on the 4 seasons of the year!!

hiking
4 months ago

One of my all time favorite trails. It’s quiet and peaceful and so beautiful. There are lots of photo ops here. There are 2 rows of trees that are perfectly aligned. Everyone loves taking photos here. There’s also a mysterious home hidden in the woods. You will have to go off the path. There’s a beautiful pond as well with some beautiful wildlife. This trail isn’t too hard but it’s a little longer than most so just make sure you have the time to do the whole thing.

4 months ago

Great trail for runners! Numerous options for side trails to add on to your run/hike. Minimal mud and hills.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

hiking
10 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.

11 months ago

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

hiking
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Really nice well maintained trail

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

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
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

hiking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Kid friendly flat surface runners trail

Saturday, June 24, 2017

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;)

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