Plateau Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Peninsula, Ohio that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length4.4 miElevation gain318 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWaterfallWildflowers
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One of the most popular short hikes in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Mostly dirt trail with some gravel sections that run almost entirely through forest. Not long after the start going clockwise you'll reach several rows of pines near Chestnut Pond which have become one of the focal points of the trail. Bathrooms at trailhead and several other trailheads within two minutes of this one. Very large gravel parking lot which rarely fills to capacity.

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George Coghill
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A pretty unremarkable trail, not very scenic. But clean and maintained. Wide and mostly flat. Probably good for runners.

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Brandi G
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Nice trail. A pretty good running trail also.

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Troy Gawlak
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A very nice, peaceful, surprisingly DRY trail. Just enough hills to get your heart and lungs working. Do yourself a favor and check out the Hemlock Ravine that juts off of it too.

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Thomas Hughes
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Scott Friedman
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A nice long & peaceful trail

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Leah P
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An actual not-muddy trail!

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Andraya Reddish
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Great trail that has ravines and water for some nice views. I hopped trails to add miles and capture the beauty the April snow brought. Some pretty nice inclines and terrain.

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Carol Parker
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Interesting terrrain. Good hiking. Not too busy on a chilly Saturday.

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Michelle and Jeanne
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This is one of my favorite trails to run. It’s a great work-out but still really fun without being killer. There is one really big incline, but other than that it’s fun elevation change and fairly easy terrain. Some spots are a little rooty, so be careful for your ankles!

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Pablo Recinos
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Gorgeous day and nice variation in trail

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Bill Gray
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easy trail and friendly people

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Scott Sturgeon
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great trail! trails are marked very well and clear very enjoyable to hike with our dog

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Zach Flint
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Sean Gallagher
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Great combination of Plateau and Oak Hill trails.

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Samantha Cisco
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Great trail. Definitely a new favorite. Lots to see and take in. Mostly flat besides one big incline. Well marked. Not very muddy when we went.

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Jessica Van Lehn
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Great! A tad muddy in spots but everything is passable

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Mary Brotzki
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Great

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Todd Sulek
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Wandering with my wifey

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Ken Baciak
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Emily B
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Nice trail with a lot of variation & surprises (I loved the beautiful pond in the middle & am glad I took a detour to see it, so peaceful). I also loved the hemlock ridge overlook - it’s also worth the extra mile or so out & back. Also much less crowded than most of the trails I went on in CVNP this week.

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Scott McColl
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Ken Byers
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Geoffrey Navagh
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Michael Sterg
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Very well marked Trail and a beautiful sunshine day. Well marked there is a restrooms at the trailhead.

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Brian Crosson
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I loathe running, but I was directed to try trail running by some avid runners. Boy am I glad they suggested it. CVNP has the most amount of and the best trails for such adventures. And the Plateau Trail is one of the reasons my loathing for running is becoming subdued. It is well maintained/groomed, concise and visible signage at every turn and beautiful scenery. My favorite scenery here was the Hall of Pines. You'll know it when you step into it. Enjoy!

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Shelley Hudak
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Meagan Rodgers
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Samuel Salsbury
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Beautiful

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Howard Fox
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sunetra patil
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