Explore the most popular camping 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
2 days ago

The hilly part of the trail provides a good workout and beautiful scenery. I saw only four other people on this trail during the entire time I was hiking. There are places where one can easily extend the hike by going into the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm or other extensions.

backpacking
3 days ago

This was my first time backpacking and was in fact the longest hike (did the long loop) I’ve ever taken in my life and I must say big mistake! It seems to me that I was a little too ambitious for my first time out and my leg gave up in the last two miles. Oh did I mention that I did this solo? Oopsie! I was able to limp my way out but lesson learned. I hope you like mud because there was a plenty of that and more. The trail was also pretty overgrown in mid July so expect plenty of brush and check for ticks often. I did encounter one but I caught it before I got bitten. Don’t get me started on the spider webs yuck! Even when swinging a trecking pole in front of me they’d still end up in my face.

I’d recommend getting some trail legs before attempting. I also managed to lose my Thermarest self inflating sleeping pad, I could have sworn I had it strapped down tightly but is still fell out without me noticing. Tried driving back to the campsite since it was about 1,000 feet from the road but nope, my cramping legs just weren’t having it. I didn’t find out till I got there but the board said not to drink the water due too activity (I assume agriculture byproducts?) in the area and you must pack in all water. Turned out 3 liters is not enough. To the people who left behind their extra water jugs, you are life savers! I’d say plan on 5-6 liters minimum.

Over all I had a good time and I learned some harsh lessons the hard way but if you’re up for the challenge I’d say go for it! Would I do it again? Yes but only after I get in better shape.

me and my son did it at night. whole new experience.

Enjoyed the scenery, glad we took the trekking poles. Various terrain, worth the hike.

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 trail provides one of the best payoffs in the Hocking region. Rockbridge is fantastic and might be the impressive geological feature in the area and it is well worth the hike.

trail running
9 days ago

pretty good hills throughout. nice and quite. good place for a forest bathe.

Nice overnighter. We started from the Iron Furnace trailhead and hiked counterclockwise. to campsite no. 2, got up early and hiked out the next morning. Follow the orange blazes until you get to waypoint K, then follow the white blazes back to the trailhead.
It was 90 degrees the day we hiked in, so it was harder than we expected. The forest was beautiful and there was some pleasant topography along the way.
Mosquitos were horrible, requiring multiple applications of Deet. Lots of Rambler Rose, blackberry and nettles line the trail, but these could be held back with trekking poles. Consider wearing gaiters or long pants and take plenty of water if you go in mid summer.
The campsites were well chosen and had ample space for multiple parties. No tables or fire rings, but privies are provided and, best of all, piped in water is available.

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail! Great views!

camping
17 days ago

We did this loop as a family camping/backpacking summer trip. Our 5 kids ages 16 to 1 1/2 enjoyed it most of the time although some of the terrain was pretty intense for the younger ones. We started going clockwise at 11am on a Saturday and only met 3 other hikers before we got to the halfway camp by 3. Trail was well marked and several campsites/water crossings along the way. Hiked out Sunday in 4 hours and saw nobody. Beautiful trail and private. Would not do this trail again in 95+ degree weather but it would be a great spring/fall trip.

Great hike. Went out on the Gorge Overlook and back in on the Buckeye trail. Just strenuous enough.

backpacking
19 days ago

This was a good hiking trail for a one-night backpacking outing. The trail is generally well maintained except for a handful of downed trees in some areas. There were not too many great views, but it was a good intermediate trail with some good elevation changes and only a handful of harder climbs. I would recommend at least two liters of water with refills available at either of the two campsites. Since this goes through some wetlands, it can feel quite humid on a hot summer day.

FYI, there are two trailheads. The trailhead at Hope Schoolhouse is designated for overnight backpacking and the trailhead at Iron Furnace / 278 is designated for dayhikers, but you can use either trailhead for either purpose. The Iron Furnace information board shows you the direction to the trailhead up the road (250 feet road walk).

backpacking
20 days ago

I read all of the reviews before I left and Nothing in those reviews prepared me for this trail. The hills on this trail are intense and you will spend miles at a time going uphill. If you go counterclockwise the beginning is nice and relaxing but once you hit mile 4 the trail gets intense. It was well maintained but muddy everywhere. Its a nice trail that was well maintained but it should be listed as hard not moderate. The views were also not as exciting as I expected after all of the hype. It was exactly what you'd expect to see standing on the side of a mountain but nothing special.

Great hike. Can’t wait to do it again.

Even after 4” of ran the previous day not really muddy. Creeks higher tricky to pass. Never saw a soul. Moderate. 2 mph possible for an out of shape old guy. Camp anywhere!

We were confused about where the trailhead started from the parking lot, but discovered you actually have to walk down the road a short distance and the trailhead starts there. If I had to do it all over again, I would've worn hiking pants instead of hiking shorts because the poison ivy can be pretty dense in some areas where the trail gets pretty narrow. Thankfully, I didn't end up getting any :) This hike definitely got my heart rate up at times. I brought trekking poles which I found to be helpful for both the inclines and declines as parts can be steep up & down. For the most part, the trail was easy to follow, blazes well marked. Using the app was incredibly helpful and we needed to refer to the map a few times when trails conjoined. I'd recommend bringing at least 2 liters of water to start off with and fill up along the way if needed. There is water access at a couple points along the trail, but we ran into several people who were almost out of water and asking us where the next water access was.

my wife and I were here about 3 weeks ago and the trail was really nice and enjoyable until the second day. we had camped about 6 miles in to the trail loved the campsite it was right next to the creek. upon us leaving the next day to finish the hike we noticed the trail markers strated to go away there weren't as many and the amount if huge trees down in the trail was ridiculous the trail at that time was not maintenance at all.

hiking
1 month ago

Lowlands are so muddy they’re almost impassable.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent trail, it was wider than I expected and most of it was the crushed gravel. I wasn't a fan of that but at least it wasn't all flat and the woods were beautiful. It's a good trail to take friends that don't have much hiking experience.

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail and one heck of a challenge if it has recently rained, this can be one of muddiest trails I’ve ever trail run and just bring sandals I ran the whole loop in my bedrock cairns!

1 month ago

Easy and beautiful. Mostly shaded and scenic.

Second time on this stretch of Perimeter Trail, spotted a Bald Eagle, an owl, couple of ground hogs, squirrels and plenty of birds. Another nice hike.

The main loop was well-maintained and well-marked for the most part. We didn't lose the trail at all but we did not have a good sense of when we reached some of the lettered points on the trail. There is some varied scenery, such as ridges, wetlands and streams. With the Hope Schoolhouse connector this is a tough trail. Not only do you add about 2 miles, but you immediately add a ton of elevation gain.

Great hiking trail! Be sure to have your Cardio ready to go as a few of the inclines are no joke!

1 month ago

Not a great trek. Close to road and trail was closed approximately 1.5 miles in. With all of the wonderful trails to enjoy, this one should be far down your list.

Plenty of places to stop to cool down and get wet! Fun!!

We stopped here on our way back to Columbus on a trip. There was good variety in terrain (if you are into that sort of thing) from grass to mud, roots, and rocks. Definitely one of the more rugged and steep trails we had done this weekend but the short distance kept it manageable. Great stop for me and my family! Everyone loved the view of the falls!

hiking
1 month ago

The scenery, the ambience, nature herself was top form, but these trails are horribly marked! I ended up fording streams, climbing over fallen trees and walking ten miles in 85 degree heat to get back. By the time I passed the park office I was bloodied, dehydrated and covered in mud. The ‘helpful’ staff told me how far it was to my starting point but didn’t ask about my condition, or offer to get me there. Not a great park, definitely a great workout.

Very pretty, well marked. not a fan of walking across the highway but have to get over the lake somehow

1 month ago

I hike this trail a lot with my dogs. A lot of up and down, good workout for me and the dogs.

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