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nature trips


Athens, Ohio Map
1 month ago

My happy place.

2 months ago

It's a bland trail. It does pass an abandoned and dried up beaver pond which is kind of cool. If you walk towards the feeder stream there is a cool little waterfall. My GSD really likes this trail. I let him off his leash so he can explore and frolic in the creek. This is a wet trail so expect a little mud if it's rained recently. Especially if you bring your dog. As a bonus there is a deep water hole under the foot bridge before the last hill at the parking spot to rinse off your muddy dog. It was plenty big enough for my just under 100 pound GSD. I essentially like this trail because it's great for an active dog.

I would say if you are going in the fall this is not the greatest trail, however the tunnel is something to see and it's a nice little trail walk to do and stop to have lunch or something. The reason it's not great in the fall is that the water levels are too high to cross the creek so the trail ends within a mile of its start. There is a huge log that you can cross "Dirty Dancing" style to keep going but it's slick and if your muddy shoes lose footing you are in some deepish water. So do this in the summer when the water feels nice. I took the alternate horse trail to make my hike longer and this was definitely more difficult and interesting, albeit incredibly muddy. It spits you out onto the road you drive in on and means you have a bit of a jaunt back to the trailhead via the main road.

Has a lot of trash, beer bottles and graffiti, trail was grown over some and if you go in the summer, lots of bugs, we had bugs swarming us almost the entire hike and I sprayed myself with anti-bug spray. Wasn't a lot of signs to give direction, had to ask people where it was located and other had to ask us when we were leaving

It was a great outing with the family. I hadn't been there for 20 plus years. Beautiful nature with facilities for just about anyone.

trail running
11 months ago


11 months ago

Great Hike! We took the short trail, and crossed the river on the rocks! Worth checking out, a lot of history!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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Monday, January 11, 2016

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.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

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.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Great hike! A lot of history. Get directions at lodge.