The Ridges Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile loop trail located near Athens, Ohio. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.
There is so much more to this trail than this map outlines. You can pick the trail up from multiple places ( Dairy Ln, SR 682, and the Ridges hospital. Lots of wildlife, great year round! Not to strenuous, although there are some ups and downs along what it call the nature walk.
Nice trail and well maintained. Take time to educate yourself about the hospital and graveyard. Supposedly in the top ten haunted places in the US. Spend some time reading the headstones in the graveyard, many only have a number, no name. Sad.
The first hiking experience on this loop is spooky if you take the time to learn the history of the area. After that, you learn it's a pretty good trail that is very well maintained. Spots like Radar Hill, the cemeteries, and the campus area makes this a fun hike.
Nice trail around the grounds of an old mental hospital that was built to treat shell shocked civil war veterans. The trail is not very long and windes through hills, graveyards, hospital buildings, and ponds.