Sidewinder Trail

moderate 6 reviews
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Sidewinder Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mc Arthur, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 554 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers

Heavy rains a few days earlier pretty much wiped evidence of the trail away in a few places. Just follow the ribbons and they'll keep you on track until the trail gets beat back in. Not a whole lot to see on this trail but having to pay attention to figure out the right to go made it more challenging and fun to me. Four decent size trees down across the trail but they're easy enough to get around or over. A few creek crossings that on this day were over tennis shoe deep.

off trail
washed out
4 months ago

Great trail but a bit tricky. AllTrails map not 100% accurate. Download Lake Hope State park map. Park entrance trail head only indicates bike trail but a half mile in you find split between Sandy and Sidewinder. At bottom of hill sign indicates left or right. Left takes you 0.4 mile to end at 278. Go right. About a mile further trail is lost to a swamp likely the result of a busy beaver who damned the creek. Lots of felled trees with beaver evidence. Thanks to someone, follow the ribbons along adjacent hillside for a work around. Trail ends at Sidewinder which takes you back to point of beginning. Great 6.5 day hike in the woods.

5 months ago

8 months ago

Sat May 26 2018