Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Bethel with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Started out on this trail and somehow ended up on the Buckeye & Perimeter trails. The trail marking at East Fork could use some upgrading. Other than that, was a great relatively easy hike.

One of the nicest trails to get out on. The falls can usually be busy with people but the other area trails are always peaceful.

hiking
1 month ago

Not a bad hike. Minimal views of the lake, mostly just woods. The path isn’t very clearly marked. We would have gotten lost had it not been for our map. Overall, just OK. Probably won’t be doing this one again.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice hike. more traffic than I expected. the trails were clear. it was about a 2 hour hike with our dogs

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very good area for a quick hike or walk. The brochure indicates there are 3.74 miles of hiking trails. We went back to back days after a rain and the falls were flowing a decent amount. There is a nice picnic area with four picnic tables close to the trailhead. Most of the trails are covered by a canopy of forest trees.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was a disaster. I'm nonetheless giving it two stars because it would be a very nice trail if the ODNR expended any time or effort improving it or at least properly maintaining it, and also because I wasn't able to finish and can't fairly judge that part which I didn't hike (see below.)

I recently went for a day hike on this trail, on a hot summer day, after it hadn't rained for several days. I parked in the lot just north of the park office and set out eastbound on the section that runs concurrent with the 28-mile perimeter ("backpacking") trail, counterclockwise toward the lake.

The trail immediately seemed a bit muddy and not particularly well-traveled (except by horses apparently, because there was sh*t and indentations in the trail everywhere.) It was intermittently so overgrown that it was difficult to discern where the trail even was in spots, but I made do and thought little of it at the time--these things aren't exactly unheard of.

Approximately two miles in, the trail became a literal swamp. Not just mud, but six-inch deep standing water, twenty or thirty feet on each side of the trail, covering thick layers of muck. At my own peril, I declined to turn back, figuring this had to be a passing phase and I could work my way around it. Nope. The swamp lasted a good half mile. My waterproof boots were simply no match and my feet were absolutely drenched after a few misplaced steps on seemingly solid ground put them down in the muck. I concurrently scratched the living hell out of myself on brambles while walking off the trail to avoid the mud as best I could.

Soaked and literally bloody, I finally came to a four-way intersection with a more groomed, gravel trail approximately three miles in. The problem, of course, was that there were no markers aside from spray painted arrows on trees marking the various directions I could travel, and the utterly useless trail map I picked up at the office provided no additional context concerning my location.

I eventually managed to finagle my way to a road; I also found what I'm assuming was the back end of the trail, but my good sense finally got the better of me. I decided to forgo the remaining five-ish miles-- because not being able to walk for a week simply isn't worth the low-impact workout--and guessed my way back to my car.

love this trail for a short local trail. beautiful waterfall!! gravel path makes it nice for when most places are swamped with mud.

trail running
4 months ago

Easy trail with primarily gravel surface. Good option if you're trying to minimize mud while seeking a trail/nature setting.

Well maintained and marked. Nice wooded area walk.

Went there after a good rain and the falls were flowing well. The path was dry and good to use. Family enjoyed listening to the water and exploring :)

backpacking
5 months ago

Easy hike. Takes about 2 hours give or take. Was sloppy but I expected as much. Not very well marked, but that’s what gps is for. I will be frequenting as it warms up.

hiking
6 months ago

We’ve done this hike a couple of times and my dogs enjoyed it as well.

7 months ago

Slippery and slow but very technical for running.

trail running
8 months ago

Love this little place for an easy run. Well kept and beautiful.

Decided to go while everything is still frozen. It was amazing. Trail was easy even snow covered.

hiking
9 months ago

This is not a very challenging and somewhat boring trail. The loop is Back pack trail out (blue markings) and return via the green markings. The map printed off the website not very helpful.

hiking
10 months ago

Love this trail hiked it a few times, can get muddy during the wet seasons.

Not bad. I wish there was a decent map for the perimeter trail on here. I think it's 28 miles long.

hiking
11 months ago

One of my favorite close to home short hikes. Great to take the dogs also.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Nothing to write home about, but some decent views. trail is poorly marked and a lot of horses and mountain bikes as well.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

This is a very nice spot to o for a nice hike with options for several different pathways. Areas to rest with streams along the trails.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Good moderate difficulty trail. Not very scenic. Mostly woods - you do get a peak of the lake occasionally.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

This is actually a mountain bike/hiking trail--a good long hike, with lots of twists, turns, dips and rises. It's actually a lot easier to walk on than the putative horse/hiking trail, which is all torn up and almost totally reduced to mud after it's rained; not so the bike trail, which keeps tolerably firm through most weather conditions.

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Very good trail for casual hiking in the woods. Beautiful area with great opportunity to see wildlife. The route marked on AllTrail here is NOT Hopewell, rather its called Adena, which is more intermediate. Hopewell is marked white. Adena is marked blue.

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Good easy trail. Shared with bicyclists and a small portion is also a horse trail. But well worth it.

mountain biking
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Good mountain bike trails. although was a little difficult maintaining bearings. First time trail riding may have been a factor

hiking
Sunday, July 13, 2014

This is probably my second favorite area to hike near Cincinnati after Caesar Creek! I'd have to look up all the trail names on their website, but there's a slew of them to get lost on heading east away from the Hopewell that eventually take you to the road that connects to the "beach". The backpacktrail continues over a road and several bridle trails while never retreating far from the lake, then curves south to a loop running near a few campsites. South side of the lake is definitely better than the north (no horses) and part of it includes the famous Ohio Buckeye trail (blue blaze) that circles the entire state. I'd recommend staying away from the Steve Newman perimeter trail as it's always muddy, overgrown and and nowhere near the lake when I've tried portions of it (green blazes). The PDF park map seems to suggest those two trails are the same but I know that isn't accurate.
Anyone know where the trail crosses Sugartree creek on the southeast corner of the park? It actually ends at the lake's edge haha...

mountain biking
Monday, June 23, 2014

I just got back into biking and I biked the Hopewell Trail to have an easier start to acclimate to my new equipment. I punctured a tube my first lap. I had a spare tube...no device to put air in it. I returned the next day, with levers, spare tube, AND air pump in case my unfortunate event should catch me again. Prior to my bike issue, and the entire second day, I had a blast. Rode it again today and cut 8min off my time.

on Adena Loop Trail

walking
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Visited East Fork Lake Park for the first time over the weekend ... nice place in general. I only had time to walk the li'l' ol' Whippoorwill and Fern Hill trails. I like scenery and these didn't have much, but they were nice enough.

Looked up the park on AllTrails.com and it refers to a 4.4 mile trail. Sorry if I'm not using this website correctly, but exactly to which trail at the park is the website referring?

Also, has anyone walked the Backpack trail ... how is it?

Thanks.

mountain biking
Monday, July 30, 2012

Love the trails for mtb good flow at times takes u by the lake, could be marked a little better trail.wise but I love it go there atleast 3 times a month.

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