Rolling Hills Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Sterling, Ohio that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.0 miElevation gain173 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingForestLakeViewsWildlife
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Michaela Dodds
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Walking

So so nice. Uphill so you burn more calories. Perfect for dogs who love to hike!

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Bryan M. Griffith
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Hiking

if you can ford the river, you can make a great loop out of the trail.

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Ryan Junior
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Hiking

Been coming here for 4 years every spring, but in the last year it appears that this park is slowing dying. Even the lake is drying up (possibly done on purpose via the dam)...though it was cool to walk on the lake on portions that are typically covered by water. Did see a few bald eagles and a bunch of blue herons. This trail starts next to the basketball courts near the lodge and goes all the way to the campground then back. You can take the Rich VanHorn Nature Trail on the way back, it goes around some ponds. Be weary that both trails do get muddy during recent rains. They both were bone dry today.

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Andy Richard
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Inque Remains
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Kyle Fischbach
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Hiking

rolled my ankle..screw it all

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Rocky Black
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Hiking

Excellent!

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Heidi Johnson
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kari Meyer
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Hiking

It was actually a 4 mile trail according to park signs, definitely more challenging than "easy" but a nice hike. I saw plenty of deer and a coyote. A little muddy as expected for this time of year. Nice if you want to get out on a trail with little traffic

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Donal O'Mathuna
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Jane Denton
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Hiking

Great trail with lots of up and down. Some trees across the trail. I would rate it moderate, not “easy”.

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Kurt Novak
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Brandyn Ragle
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Hiking

good rural trail, didn't see anyone else on the path. a few down trees but that made it more exciting

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Rocky Black
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Hiking

Great. There’s a foot bridge early in the hike that needs repaired.

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Tamara Parker
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Andrea Holland
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Hiking

This is a nice winding trail with good views of the lake.

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Carly Marino
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Krista B
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Hiking

I just hiked all the Deer Creek trails and this is my fave. Fairly maintained with some overgrowth. Lots of uphill downhill, 2 spots where they’re missing bridges and you’ll need to climb a wee bit. Beautiful views. Several benches along trail. Took me almost 3 hrs bc I stopped to rest and take pics a lot. Saw a snake, pheasants and about 4 deer before sunset.

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Rocky Black
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Hiking

Horse manure all over the trail. The park has dedicated horse trails but Rolling Hills trails is for campers or lodge guests. Sad.

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Will Mooney
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Hiking

Mostly free of people, especially beyond the halfway point. Couple of trees across the way. Some pretty views. 14 horse poops in the middle of the trail.

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Michael Sharbaugh
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Hiking

Needs some maintenance.

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Eric Fehr
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Nature trips

great trail, lot's of downed trees, a little overgrown. great for my 6 and 4 year old.

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Rocky Black
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Hiking

Perfect!

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Nathalie Thompson
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Hiking

Overgrown and several trees down. Looks like they don’t maintain very well. Dry for me but probably very muddy in the spring.

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Bridget Daugherty
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no people, nice views, full tree cover. jump in the water at the beach after and it's a great day!

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Linda Hansen
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WalkingBridge outOver grown

In some spots trail was wide enough for 2 people; in others single file only. Came across a few downed trees. Areas of trail need to be cut back due to poison ivy growth. Other than these things a very pleasant hike in very hot weather at 2:30 p.m. 7/1/2020

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Rocky Black
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Hiking

Excellent trail. Wooded with views of the lake and some challenging hills.

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Kendra Q
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Hiking

A nice trail to take the dogs! We go here often for a nice little hike. Would be a great beginners trail. Not too difficult but a few rolling hills. We have gone here during every season. If there’s a lot of rain beforehand I’d be prepared with boots. Water can be covering the trail in the dips of the hills. Our last hike here, 6/1/2020, a lot of logs and debris washed up on the trail. Usually not too busy either which is nice. You can see the lake a little from the trail. Also a bench around 1 mile. Overall a nice little hike that I’d recommend trying at least once!

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Danielle Coleman
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HikingBridge outMuddyOver grown

This trail was very muddy, a little overgrown, but had a nice creek view. Definitely bring hiking boots! I would recommend for someone wanting a water view, and to see animals.

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