Wildcat Hollow Trail: Long Loop

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Wayne National Forest

Wildcat Hollow Trail: Long Loop is a 18 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Corning, Ohio that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length18.0 miElevation gain1,660 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBlowdown
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The water on this trail is not potable. There are ample creeks and small water crossings but no one should drink the water, even if filtered, because there is mine runoff. This trail offers two options; a 18-mile loop of scenic trail along ridge-tops and stream bottoms, and a short five mile loop for day hikes. Both trails will lead through tall pine forests, open meadows, quiet streams, rock outcroppings, and down old roads overlooking miles of beautiful landscape.

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SHANA HATFIELD
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Last weekend we only stayed 1 night and had 3 ticks on us. This time we treated with permetheryn and no ticks! Family of 4, not so much in shape so this was strenuous, but we like a challenge! Only saw one squirrel and one chipmunk, no other wildlife the entire weekend... because water is not good, I assume! We cached water and that worked out smooth, as well. Great trail, but very muddy, waaaay too many briars/thorns catching and snagging my husband's bare bloody legs, not much green yet and almost zero wildlife.

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Keith Coventry
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Trail was mostly Ok. Lots of downed trees and muddy areas but overall quite nice. We started with the short trail and decided to switch to the long trail.

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Lauren Freese
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BackpackingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

Pretty, decent challenge, and not a lot of people. A nice walk in the woods. Definitely muddy, but it’s the woods in spring, what’re you gunna do. When I called to learn about the trail I was told by park personnel NOT to drink the water due to mine runoff, cache/carry only. Lots of easy places to cache water as the trail crosses many roads.

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Zachary Sunderland
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James Romano
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Hiking

Right is much better then the left side. Runs along higher ground. Far less muddy and better views

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mark jones
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BackpackingGreat!Muddy

not clearly marked on some parts and with poor reception hard to follow from a phone, however, absolutely beautiful trail for the location. it can get muddy and some of the hills get rough. absolutely worth the trip though

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Garrick Cicero
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

Over all, it was messy. It starts messy with an unclear paths to reach the first fork where one can opt for the long or short loop. People have wandered all over the bottom land at the trailhead and have camped all over in that area, which has led to a network of paths, rather than a single trail in that area. There are a few confusing points in the middle where the trail intersects service roads. And there’s a messy, and smelly, area with oil or natural gas wells. With all the 4x4 traffic of trucks checking the wells, the trail in that area was nothing but mud. One hike around it was enough for me. I probably won’t hike it again, unless it is tied into a longer hike around Burr Oak Lake, since one can camp in the backcountry in Wayne National without registering or paying a fee.

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Shannon Mann
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we traveled counterclockwise and there were a few sections that need to be better marked. added a few extra miles to the trip due to following the wrong path.

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Nathan Longbrook
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Nathan Longbrook
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Jason Madasz
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Pretty muddy this time of year and very little flowing water. Campsites are plentiful on the south end, but sparse on the north side of the trail. Overall a decent trail, but not the most scenic.

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Nathan Longbrook
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luke galat
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BackpackingBugsMuddyOver grown

Overall, this is a fun trail and I recommend. I arrived Friday afternoon and hiked about 2.5 miles in and then set up camp for the night. Finished the remaining 15.5 on Saturday. I would recommend splitting the trail in half and doing 9 miles the first day and 9 the next. Trail itself is very muddy at parts and pretty overgrown as well. Campsites are frequent in the beginning, but then appear about every mile. However, if you're using a tent, I think some of the sites we very small and not on even ground. My only complaint is that once you've seen the initial 2 miles, you've seen it all, but I still had a wonderful time.

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Michele Spencer
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BackpackingBlowdownOver grown

Great way to get away! If you can avoid taking Sunday Creek road west side of trail head I'd recommend it. Having a car taking that way was to say the least "an adventure." Wasn't as muddy as thought to be but grown over in spots. Do plan to go back!

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Brie Cortelletti
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Bill Baskin
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HikingOver grown

Hiked this on 9/12/2020, 77 degrees and rainy. As others have stated, this trail is very overgrown and you will encounter a lot of spiderwebs/bugs, along with plenty of fallen trees. There is zero cell service where the trail starts and where my recording started is where I picked up service to start recording. There are a lot of campsites on both sides of the entrance and exit parts of the trail but we didn't see any at the midpoint or near it. Signs at the entrance warn of the woods having an active tick and chigger population but we didn't find any after completing. We did hear some howling towards the midpoint but never saw any wildlife. I didn't see it stated anywhere but the trail is marked by white diamonds, so follow those and you will be fine. The dead pine needles soften the hike and we clocked around 18.5 miles in a little over 8 hours. Gave this four stars as there isn't much to see once you are on the trail past the campsites. It was nice to complete but probably wouldn't do again.

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Ashley Novak
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Nathan Longbrook
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Anna Machovec
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BackpackingGreat!

Wear pants! Long sleeves if you want because there is some overgrowth, but it’s not that bad. Yes there are trees down, but just climb over them, no biggie. We just brought enough water for two days, because we heard there was no water. You don’t see too many people and used campsites are spread throughout the entire trail. Enjoy!

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Nicholas Sack
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HikingBugsOver grown

We hiked the long loop on Friday 8/21/20. The trail is pretty overgrown in areas and there's some downed trees, but it's not that difficult to navigate especially since the trail is well-marked. There's not a lot to look at, but it is definitely nice and peaceful and we didn't see anyone on the trail for the first 11 miles or so. As other reviewers have mentioned, I think the distance that AllTrails has listed is incorrect - I clocked just a shade under 19 miles on my Garmin and others have mentioned being in the 18.5 range. I wish I had seen those comments since I definitely ran out of water despite bringing about 3.5L in with me.

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Abi Engler
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyOver grown

Long pants, and bug spray! The trail is way overgrown in quite a few areas with lots of down trees. Not a particularly pretty hike, spent a lot of time hiking along or crossing roads. I saw only a handful of people which was a nice contrast to most of the more accessible hikes in Ohio. Would recommend for the more serious hiker.

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