Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

All the trails at EastFork are great, the only request I would have would to add more trail markers as some of the trails share common links and its easy to get off course.

This was our first time on the trail. We absolutely loved it. From the car down to the creek is just a few minutes. The views by the creek are just beautiful. We decided to go off the beaten path some to get to the playground for the kids. Some spots we had to climb over trees nothing too difficult. Plenty of places to wade in the water. Possibly our new favorite trail.

I attempted one single trek of this back on Tuesday May 1st. The weather couldn’t have been better!! Check out my most recent group of photos. Some portions of the trail were still soggy muddy from horse tracks, especially near the campgrounds area. That’s my only dispute on the trail as a whole- the perimeter should be strictly hiking only to keep from the large puddles and dips from lasting. There are plenty of horseback trails in the park: Cascade and Red Fox trails to name a few. I didn’t complete the entire trek on Tuesday. I stopped at the turnaround on the dam at Slade Rd. I had severe stomach and kidney pain on top of my feet killing me. It was tough! Lol I began at the park office at Bantam and went east, around the lake passed camps 2 and 3 and then to the campgrounds. I did deviate from the trail then and walked southwest on Park Rd 4 to the the North Shore boat launch. After resting the Sun had fallen over the trees with night approaching and I walked the lake shoreline around the north cove (a total bitch!!) of Slabcamp Run and then around to the Slade Rd turnaround where my girlfriend graciously picked me up. It was black night by then. Roughly 30 miles in all and 14 hours later! Next time I won’t be so stubborn and cut down on the pace and camp overnight along the way. I love Eastfork though and make it a must to take care of the trails and nature.

2 months ago

Great warm up trail. 8 miles from trailhead to Camp 2. Frequent water access along the way. Many vistas of lake. Very well marked with red blazes that are faded in most spots, but you also follow blue blazes almost the whole time.

We opted for roads on the way back due to time, burgeoning injury, and novel scenery. Saved A LOT of energy and time.

Pretty mucky in areas when we went this weekends. Last two miles (eastern half of loop) was big altitude swings. Camp 2 had tiki torches, fire rings, wood shelters, and easy access to water.

Enjoyable camping!

Well maintained and marked. Nice wooded area walk.

shred the gnar!

3 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.

4 months ago

I've been on this trail several times recently and find it to be ideal for working up to longer distances and/or overnight camping, or breaking in boots and new gear. The full out-and-back hike to campsite #2 (?) can be broken up into a variety of shorter loops and has several bail-out points to roads. It is not a remote wilderness experience of course but once you are familiar with it, becomes a go-to "backyard" walk/run/bike in the woods if you live on the east side of Cincinnati. It is one of the few longer trails in the area.

Pretty scenery and well marked. The trail was extremely wet and made it kind of slow and difficult, but I guess that’s what I get for going in February!

5 months ago

Slippery and slow but very technical for running.

8 months ago

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

trail running
8 months ago

Park at the mountain bike trailhead. All other documentation states this is a 14 mile trail. Most of the trail is poorly marked, especially the first section. Stick to the red trail markers, they were very faded and extremely difficult to see. The majority of the trail is single track. If you're running, watch out for tree roots, I found many buried under the leaves. Lots of thorns on the last bit before the loop and the loop itself, some where at head height, so watch out! It had rained for about 20 hours prior to my run but was not overly muddy. The leaves provided the most difficulty. I saw at least a dozen dear, maybe more! Overall it was a good run that was not overly challenging, exactly what I needed to try out some new shoes.

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

10 months ago

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

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.

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.

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

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

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?


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.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Hiked the perimeter trail(green) today. Started at mm 32 TH and headed west. First mile or two were scenic and enjoyable. After that the trail was rutted, muddy and much standing water. I turned back after it felt I had bushwhacked the next mile or so.

Many good trails at East Fork but recommend you avoid the multi-use trails that allow horses in the low-lying areas.

trail running
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ran both Topo Adventure Trail Running races here this year. Had a great time though it was REALLY muddy. Would like to come back sometime to enjoy the trails more.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

This is what I am primarily interested in...

I have hiked almost all of the foot trails - Steve Newman (32 mi) someday my friend, someday. I have attempted the SN - perimeter trail - several times now. It has been an uber wet season until now and uber hot season!!! Grrrr...

Anyhow if you are into backpacking and can't manage a trip far-far-away then hit up old East Fork State Park (EFSP). It is a good place to safely dial in all of your gear and really put you through your paces. I have hiked out in WV and there are spots on the Steve Newman trail that could really put a hurting on you (I am a big wuss bag tho)!!!

The sights are minimal at best (although Ridge Rd. offers some nice overlooks) the horse divots (understated) and horse poo are pretty ridonculous!!! Make sure you take water purifier (camp 4 during dry seasons has basically zero water)! GET A GOOD MAP TOO ($2 from ranger station or print off USGS topos - but u'll still need the trail map)!!! Wanna go - hit me up!


Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Did the Red Fox Trail (orange blazes). This is primarily a horse trail (so watch your step), but a good length for those on foot looking for something longer. Excellent overlook of Harsha/East Fork Late about halfway through the hike. After the dry late summer, the trail was extremely dusty.

Starts and ends at horse day-use parking lot.

mountain biking
Friday, October 22, 2010

I'm giving this an absolutely uh-maiz-ing ranking! While it isn't too technical - and all that jazz - I think for the newbie your gonna have a great time getting your feet wet out here! It does get difficult in places - what's an adventure with out struggle-tuggle.

As far as the whole park system goes; they have plenty of trails out there to hike or bike - and there is also the chance to go equestrain. They have short hikes less than a half an hour or bike hikes varying in difficulty. They also have hike hikes that can go for a few hours to a few days. So, what do you prefer??? Get there and grab some tree time!

You're gonna run into a few grumpy vets who just like to groan and moan because they want the woods to themselves. Sorry butt-faces, it's EFSP, smack dab in between Bot-uh-via, Ahm-el-eeuh, Befell, and Burg - you can barely escape the sounds of traffic and poo.

So, if you wanna grab yer Wal-Mart bike and start hitting trails right away - this is the place to do it! Buyer beware; I started with the good ole Walz-mart special, it lasted about ten trips out (I couldn't keep from traversing the obstacles ;) ) - but totally werf it! :) May wanna bounce up a bit and go with the Dick's ride - maybe you'll get a season out of'er!

Good luck and have tonz uv fun! Life's too short to let the enitiled flippin trail grumps bump you outta the woods!

trail running
Thursday, September 30, 2010

The trails are designed mostly for mountain bikes, but running on them is fine. Get a view of the lake and get lost in the woods. beyond their 3 shorter trails, there is also a 32 mile perimeter trail that I have done bits of. I would recommend it, although I always seem to go after it rains.

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