Zaleski North Loop Trail

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Zaleski North Loop Trail is a 20.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mc Arthur, Ohio that features a lake 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: 20.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,414 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

washed out

Note: As of September 2019, trail is closed from point N to X however the trail is still accessible.

hiking
bugs
closed
over grown
3 days ago

Trail is closed from point N to X. We did not realize that and hiked all the way out to point N! Way overgrown more than 50% of the way. Hot and muggy!

backpacking
bugs
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Lots of spiderwebs and ticks. Trails are easy to find and follow.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
4 months ago

trail wasn't in bad shape well marked I stated at hop school house and went to camp 3 turning right when I hit the main trail.

backpacking
11 months ago

Has been a few years since I did this hike, but connected it with the south loop and managed to extend my stay for five days. The north trail was definitely less populated, but also the trails were less well maintained. Still an excellent hike, but I remember the south loop being more scenic.

backpacking
Sunday, August 26, 2018

Link below is the map provided at the trailhead with more descriptions. forestry.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/forestry/PDFs/SF/Zaleski_backpack.pdf According to this link the trail (which starts at at the Hope Schoolhouse) is 28.8 miles NOT 20.1. Definitely have this handy or pick up a physical map at the trailhead. AllTrail has you start at "X" or the Iron Furnace which still has a stand for maps and registration. Other than that, this really was a nice trail for getting my wife over fearing backpacking. Sections W through X have a lot of Creek crossings that get a bit confusing. This is where most of the overgrown parts and downed trees are concentrated. Nothing impassable of course. Campsites we're great as was the water availability. My only reason for a four star rating was the lack of solitude and the lack of scenic overlooks. If you like fairly brief climbs and descents in to forest creeks and lush hillsides this is a great hike.

backpacking
Thursday, August 09, 2018

Great trails and well maintained. Campsites have water and pit toilets available. great place to start backpacking.

backpacking
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

We hiked this trail in late July and enjoyed large portions of it. The portion of the trail north of campground 3 was disappointing though. There were spider webs across the path probably about every 100 feet so you couldn’t really enjoy the hike or sites without that constant distraction.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Did loop midweek and had trail and Campsite#3 to myself. Well marked. Water at campsite is nice. Some spots are muddy after a rain but passable.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

We've done the north loop, it was beautiful but pretty tough. Heavy rain can make the creek a little scary, but it's largely avoidable. the campgrounds are nice, especially having the access to water. Go early on weekends, the parking lot seems to fill up quickly.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Path was a bit overgrown. A decent amount of thorns. We would recommend pants and a long sleeve.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Beautiful area. However trail maintained poorly and blazing at roads and turns EXTREMELY poor! This could be a great trail if trail blaze protocol was implemented.

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Saturday, September 01, 2018

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