Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

on East & West Rim Trail

2 days ago

This was a great trail. We did it in mid-March. The trail is clearly marked and easily accessible. There are some steep edges and drop-offs so no kids. It is an easy hike but with it for the beauty.

My favorite trail in all of Hocking Hills. The views are amazing on the east rim trail. It's a bit of work to get up it, but more than work it. My recommendation is to start on the east and follow the trail counter clockwise. The west side of the rim is okay, but nowhere near as amazing as the east.

I can't understand why this isn't visited more. This is one of my favorite hike of all the trails in Hocking Hills (the rim is even better). The gorge is amazing with the massive cliff faces surrounding it. There are multiple caves along the trail as nice as Whispering Cave and even close to Old Man's Cave. For some reason, they paved the trail for most of the way. As soon as the pavement ends, the trail gets really good.

The outer loop is very neat with scenic spots along the way. Take your time and enjoy the easy trail.

Very nice trails, my dogs enjoyed the Orange Trail.

Hard, but well worth it!

Great hike and the twin sisters were great. The smaller stream in front of the mudcatcher was pretty high so I had to cross it closer to the 82 bridge just off the unpaved section of the towpath trail that veers off of the paved trail. The crossing was right before the iron walking bridge before the un paved trail connects with the paved trail again.

12 days ago

beautiful scenery for the area with plenty of history to accompany the views! Lots of areas to enjoy and change up for additional visits.

13 days ago

Decent trail to hike with your dog.

It’s good for Columbus - however, if you’re looking for real hiking and views, you’d prolly be best to hike another trail outside of Columbus.

mountain biking
13 days ago

Trail was closed even though the ranger said it was open yesterday. What’s changed? Very disappointed.

great trails

just visited 2/26/18. Had a lot of rain couple days before and most of the trail surfaces are not built up with gravel so trails where very muddy. Sign posted at parking lot stated dogs allowed on leash which was different then what was stated in the trail description tags. Beautiful scenery with views of the river. lots of up and down elevation changes so got a good workout. trails were well marked with blazes. Our first time visiting and would definitely come back.

short but nice

a very nice Trail for in this area.

Awesome place. Well marked and very well maintained.

One of my favorite trails

23 days ago

The trail is in good shape for as much rain we have had. A decent about of steep up’s and down’s to get on and off the main trail.

Edit: before leaving I went to the opposite trail head where I found the woodland trails I was looking for. The paths take you on an immediate climb uphill where you get a view of the gorge from above. Stunning. Well worth a regular visit

Was expecting more from my first time trip to a highly rated licking county trail. The whole path appears to be paved. I was looking for something more woodsy. Recent flooding and storms have created severe washout on lowland sections of trail; slick mud over blacktop make walking very tedious. About one mile into trail encountered total river washout over the path and was unable to proceed. This trail seems to offer a promising partial day hike with young or inexperienced hikers maybe to picnic farther out. Best to wait until flood waters recede. Will revisit later in summer.

Nice quiet walk. We will be back. Had the place to ourselves.

little confusing to find where to start. pretty simple though. I'll try to help.

leave the parking lot, cross the iron bridge, walk towards and under the 82 bridge, come to the mudcatcher on your right. cross the river go up that valley... walk the river, the hillside, what ever, till you get there.

I did it in the snow with no visible trail. but very worthwhile.

I loved this little hike, I did a few loops around and made it into about 6.5 miles in all. Definitely some steep parts, but overall very easy. I agree that you can still hear the sounds of the road and trains, but that didn’t really bother me. I thought the paths were very well marked, and my dogs loved it!

Didn’t do the 8 mile. Took in most of the Fern Trail for ruggedness and scenery. 6.3 miles total.

It muddy n not marked very well

Excellent in any season. Well maintained primary and side trails. Excellent views of marsh and Lake Erie. Key segment of the Bedford Section of the Buckeye Trail. Many birds to observe. Spectacular sunsets.

Dogs are prohibited on this trail. Otherwise a good time :)

1 month ago

Very nice.

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