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21 days ago

This is one beautiful trail that is right next to the beach. it is tight in some spots but I guess cozy would be a better word lol. Around July this trail has a large amount of chanterelles and is my go to for this delicious mushroom! the trail is easy to follow and the loop is just enough for a quick hike. sometimes the beach is closed and I feel uncomfortable parking in front of the gate, if better parking were available I would be happy but still 5 stars for the trail itself.

This trail is amazing and by far my favorite in East Fork. It is a muddy trail and difficult to get through at some spots but the views and scenery are gorgeous on the trail. If you like open trails in old forests then this is the trail you would want to do! I have to remember that this trail is used by horses and not be upset about the muddiness. this trail is very well marked and almost 1/2 way in there is an eagle's nest high up in a sycamore. You can spot it in winter and early spring... so cool! found lots of edible mushrooms on this trail. other than the mud pits I can't complain

Nice hike. I stretched it out to 15.9 with a couple of the side trails thrown in. Will definitely do it again possibly take the Buckeye Trail further north from the bridge to the north end of the lake and back. Lost my Fitbit in the last couple of miles before you get to the bridge on the west side if anyone comes across it:)

mountain biking
22 days ago

Good flowing trail. Phase 2 I would say is much better at 4.5 miles. If you’re looking for a well conditioned trail with good berms and a good workout as well, this ride is worth it.

Best hiking trail you can get without leaving town.

hiking
22 days ago

great hike.

Pretty trail along the river. The waterfall was pretty underwhelming when we went but I imagine it would be prettier in the spring or after a huge rain storm. Agree that it was moderate. There were spots with elevation change and scrambling over rocks, but nothing too difficult.

Great trail that's not too crowded. When you park you might see a ton of people, but almost all of them are going to the gorge trail. If you have the willingness to climb a little you will be rewarded with a trail with very few people and lot of great views. Take care though that there are some spots where you hike pretty close to the edge of the rim and you really need to pay attention to avoid tripping over tree roots or rocks. The initial climb is steep but it is mostly stairs instead of an actual trail.

Nice set of trails close to the Columbus area. Very few people on the trail when we were there. Nicely shaded all throughout. Note that if you park by the covered bridge there is a decent walk to get to the trailhead, maybe about .6 of a mile. Christmas Rock Trail was pleasant but really uneventful. More like a nice nature walk. Jacob’s Ladder is challenging in parts but the overlook at the top is worth the climb.

hiking
22 days ago

We did this trail along with the Lake Trail to get close to 6 miles in total. Both trails are rugged and have some pretty challenging elevation changes (especially the Lake Trail). Beautiful scenery in both trails. Chestnut Trail has spots where you can see the greenery going all down the gorge. The Lake Trail often has neat mushroom bunches growing along the trail. It feels like you’re in a magical forest or something like that. Highly recommend!

hiking
22 days ago

Most challenging hike in the central Ohio area for us so far. We started on the Cemetery Ridge trail, did most of the Fern Loop Trail until it got to the Hemlock trail head then we took the Hemlock Trail to the Creekside and back to the parking lot. Totaled about 8 miles. Cemetery Ridge is steep for the first .75 mile or so then is kind of boring as you are hiking on an access road. We loved the Fern and Hemlock trails. We didn’t see anyone on these trails. They are extremely rugged throughout and there are a number of spots where there is a drastic elevation change. But in spots, it felt like we could be on the west coast in the forest somewhere. Completely feel like you have been transported out of central OH. Highly recommend, just be prepared to do some steep uphill hiking.

Very nice trail in the Columbus metro. Well shaded, some elevation change. Some nice views of the brooks in the ravine and exposed rock faces.

walking
22 days ago

Very short trail on a boardwalk. The falls are okay. Recommend to go just to see it.

One of the nicest trails in the Columbus metro area. Parts of it can feel like you are far away from the city. Well shaded so that even in the summer it’s not too hot. Can get crowded during the weekends starting mid morning.

Great trails, pretty pond, amazing playgrounds, and very kid friendly. Took my 2.5 year old and she walked about a mile and we took a playground break then finished the walk. Easy trail and pretty scenery. I recommend and will return.

hiking
22 days ago

Loved this trail! Some nice ups and downs, great mushrooms along trail, several easy water crossings (water level average; imagine heavy rains could render crossing stones underwater), plenty of shade.

definitely one of my favorites. LOVE hiking here. And the scenic overlook is great for watching the sunset!

one of my favorite places to hike and watch the sunset !!!

hiking
22 days ago

Gorgeous easy trail. Beautiful in the fall or summer and very quick to complete.

backpacking
22 days ago

Nice trails
No trail markers

Beautiful trail. Well marked. If you’re going counterclockwise you could miss a couple turns but you will figure it out very quickly. Nice river view at the beginning or if you want it at the end go clockwise. A few nice heart rate increasing inclines but nothing anyone can’t handle if you have no health constraints. Go thru a few different types of forest, beautiful wildflower meadow with a vast landscape view and pass by a pond where catch and release fishing is allowed. I did this early as a Sunday sunrise hike and it was lovely. You do hear traffic and trains and that may be worse later in the day. That’s just Ohio trails though. Saw many deer, rabbits and different birds. Nothing not to like here.

Great trail and scenic views. See quite a bit of flora and fauna. The sheer value of fungi growth is intriguing as well. A nice short semi-challenging loop.

This has always been one of my favorite trails for runs. Usually not too many bikes out here. The trail is marked as 3 miles on the park map, and my Garmin showed that also.
Good hardpacked trail, pleasant woods. Saw a lot of deer and a red hawk today.

I did this trail so I didn’t have to back track through the south point trail. It has lots of different terrain. Waterfalls and wild fragrances are present along this route!

Beautiful waterfalls and views of Ohio’s foothills, along with a diversity of trails.. I plan on visiting this trail in all seasons!

hiking
23 days ago

There is a cemetery from the 1800s which I though was an interesting point in the trail. The pine forest is owned by the paper factory and is being cut down- I’m excited to see what the preserve does with the area. Lots of water features long the way.

hiking
23 days ago

This trail was far better than I expected. A cool Indian mound is just a small detour away, and you MUST take the "lower gorge trail" to the right when the trail comes to a Y. The cedar cliff trail would have you go left up a hill. I recommend ignoring that and staying along the water. You'll eventually hit some stairs that reconnect you, but on the way you'll pass through a beautiful gorge with some amazing rock walls.

good little trail for a family hike or a quick run. its a short trail so we ran it twice. the trail offers a very nice wooded scene and the potential to see wildlife. would recommend this trail. the trail level i feel should be rated as easy. if you are in even ok shape it may leave you wanting more. not a difficult trail but still very nice and enjoyable

hiking
23 days ago

My son and I enjoyed this challenging trail. It was hard to navigate in a few spots, and we spent quite a bit of time going over or under downed trees, but that adds to the fun. Thank goodness for the frequent red blazes.... otherwise we’d have been lost. Hiking poles helped on the super steep parts, and I used them to fight off all of the thorny bushes. We were disappointed that the fire tower was not climbable- the bottom flight of steps was removed.

I cant quite call it "as good as it gets" (which is a 5 star apparently), but this was a beautiful, easy hike. There was a fun rope bridge and a small waterfall, and if you take a detour to the pioneer village, there are some cool old buildings. One of my favorite trails I've found so far!

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