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

hiking
12 hours ago

Great scenic hike! Added in Sylvan Pond and Hemlock Ridge 6 miles but not difficult. Highly recommended.

Very pretty. Read the signs carefully. I doubled my length when I paired off on the wrong turn lol

Perfect little loop! You can take the nature trail off the loop and cross the road to link up with some other trails in the area if you want an extension.

This trail was quite the challenge! Started at X, the Iron Furnace, we did the full trail less the extended north loop in 3 days. 28.34 miles in full. Camped at sites 2 and 3. Drinking water is piped in at each camp site and was delicious! Privies were well maintained. Trail was well marked.

hiking
1 day ago

The hiking trail here is not a loop trail unless you take the tiny 0.6 mile loop close by. I turned this into a nice 3 mile loop by hiking east on the bike trail until it hit the hiking trail at the Archery Range and then followed the hiking trail back to the parking lot. This is a nice walk and there were no bikes out for me to be in the way. I dropped one star because this should be a hiking trail. Unfortunately, Dillon has a better bike trail system than they do a hiking trail system. Not sure I understand that.

walking
2 days ago

Walked the lake and spring creek trails. Nice scenery. Good for a 45-60 min nature walk. The spring creek trail is pet friendly.

A nice flat trail in a great park, but with long unshaded stretches.

mountain biking
3 days ago

not too busy, views are amazing and the trail varies a lot which is great. people there always seem extremely nice, too

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail, but trails need to be marked better.

a special waterfall and river access makes this one of my favorite .

I went as soon as the park opened and it was such a beautiful and peaceful place. I only did a few of the loops and it took me around an hour and a half. It was very hilly at some points so I got a good workout in, that’s for sure! The trail was well kept, there was even a ranger there mowing a field, and besides from him, I’m pretty sure I was the only one there. You DO need a
permit to see the waterfalls, which you can get online and I think it only takes a few days to get back. I stuck to viewing the ponds and it was nice enough for me.

I also saw a box turtle, hawk, and a deer, which were all good company. I can’t wait to explore more!

Would have been nice to know about the cost to get in. I don't bring my wallet to go for a walk... just frustrated.

The trail is a bit overgrown in some areas and you definitely need a map or gps application to stay on the loop. It's pretty rough with roots in some areas but overall it's a great trail considering it's in the middle of a city.

Great trail. Bridge across for loop is out at this time for repairs. I will soon return to check this out.

Nice short hike. Trail easy to maneuver but is marked very poorly.

love trail running here!!!

mountain biking
5 days ago

Decent trail even if on the short side. Surface is a mixture of dirt and gravel. Moderate amount of over head canopy. Trail better suited for a leisure walk than mountain biking due to length of trail. Didn't see any wildlife other than a variety of birds. Overall a decent outting worth your time if you live in the area.

This is our favorite trail, some horse buggy traffic, gotta watch a little for road apples & a turtle could be in your path, mostly flat & straight, Wal-mart just off the path in MBG, All paved, scenic. Enjoy the ride, we always do

Beautiful paved trail with numerous bridge crossings. In our (wife & I) short journey of biking, it's one of the best.

We enjoy this trail with our bicycles, one little area with loose small limestone pebbles that you have to watch, otherwise enjoy.

I found this trail to be challenging. We hiked from Lake Hope and spent the night at campsite 1, then completed the loop the next day. Great hike and beautiful forest. Some fallen trees, steep inclines and declines to create a challenge and get the heart rate up. We also encountered a large copperhead about a mile out from campsite 1, watching us closely only about 3 feet from the trail. Be careful and very snake aware in this forest.

Like others have said, the markings were a little iffy at times, but overall it was a good trail. The parts that aren’t near the road are really peaceful and there was a great spot to stop & read for a while. I’d definitely do it again someday.

trail running
5 days ago

This park is just up the street from my house and I run here weekly. This trail is marked as the ‘Black Bear’ loop on the park signs. It is nice to have a new space to explore. Trail is soft with pretty good footing (not many rocks or tree roots compared to the ledges trail). Nice and cool in the trees. Parts of the trail appear to be on the tops of slump rock that is buried in the hillside. Can also see the starting point of the stream that goes down to the ledges trail.
Less traveled than the other trails on this Saturday afternoon (either because it’s new or because it’s longer than what most people coming to the park want to do).
There is another branch of the trail that is not mapped here. I hope to explore it in the next week or two.

great hike! probably more moderate than hard, but there was a bit of up and down. fairly lightly traveled as well...only came across two other groups even on a weekend.

Great trail, but we got a little off track and the terrain got a little rough for our 3 and 6 year olds. Met a few other displaced hikers as well, and found our way out together. Beautiful scenery though, and we will be back.

Easy trail that is surfaced with dirt and gravel. Nice view of marsh but didn't see much wildlife. Not much overhead canopy, but it's a short trail so you won't be in the sun very long. Nothing spectacular but a decent outting.

Bikes not allowed! Found this out too late and still had a nice time on trail despite pushing bike. Surface has both dirt and gravel but has a boardwalk for a large portion of trail. Scenic view of marsh and surrounding woods. Some overhead canopy along with some wildlife. Scenic outting I'd definitely do again.

hiking
6 days ago

Scenic trail with some gravel but mostly a dirt surface. Moderate amount of overhead canopy. Plenty of side trails leading to the riverbed. A few inclines along the trail. Trail is part of Schoepfle Garden which is quite nice especially for nature lovers. Definitely not a leisure stroll in the woods but more of an easy hike especially if you take time to explore branches in the trail.

walking
6 days ago

Short paved trail that is a just one of a network of trails in the Black River Reservation. If you in for a short leisure walk and nothing more then this trail will meet your needs.

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