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We went while it was snowing... so a handful of places were icy. It was beautiful, very quiet and a fun adventure to start our day! It was marked very well. I can only imagine how beautiful it is during the fall!! We only did the big/little Lyon Falls. Then back to the cover bridge and down to hog hollow! Can’t wait to come back.

This was a beautiful trail! We went while it was snowing which made the many steep inclines a little tricky. Totally worth it and so fun. Loved the portion that went through the pine trees. Good trail marking as well! I can’t wait to go back during spring and fall.

Good hike almost 4 miles. Always like seeing the falls. First time taking this trail.

I’d rate this a 3.5. The back half of trail by the river was lovely. Nice opportunity for pics. We also enjoyed a few off trail adventures out on the bluffs. Perfect for dogs. Not too many people. A lot of trash near the river. We made this a 3.6 mile hike by exploring the bluffs and river. I’ll be back.

17 hours ago

Lovely, lightly used trail. But I'd classify this trail as "easy"; graveled, flat path with little elevation gain/loss.

Good views and hills. Hard to believe your only an hour from Columbus.

First time at this trail and was happily surprised by how nice it was. Ended up being around 4 miles with nice elevation changes. Took our 9 month old border collie with us and she had no troubles. We went counter clockwise and enjoyed the small waterfall at the end of the hike - for where we parked at. Really enjoyed this hike & I’m looking forward to going back in the summer!

Best hill in lancaster!

on Ash Cave

2 days ago

Absolutely my favorite trail in Hocking Hills. We went in mid-March and it lightly snowed making everything even more beautiful. It is an easy trail that is paved about 80% of the way. The upper rim trail is not paved but is easy as well.

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.

Well maintained and fantastic hiking with plenty of variety in terrain. Will definitely do again.

Decent overall, but trail could use some maintenance. Also, I went today (March 12, 2018) and two significant portions of the trail were completely underwater.
Two stretches are along roads, one of which is quite busy.
Some nice secluded stretches and a pleasant stroll through Pioneer Village.

Very nice trail as it’s mostly shaded (nice in summer!) and runs along a stream. I’d recommend parking/starting at Given on this out-and-back trail so you’re walking UP hill on the first leg, then hiking downhill on the return. Most people have dogs (which only have to be on leash for 1/3 of the trail) so if you’re annoyed/uncomfortable with sniffing/jumping/obnoxious/pooping dogs this may not be the trail for you. I disagree with other reviewers who indicated that it’s “low traffic.” That’s a relative term, but I hike here every weekend and unless it’s pouring down rain or below 20 degrees, I always pass 10 parties or so on this hour and 10 minute hike.

Great for a quick loop or two! Beautiful pond off of one of trails!!

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

Trees down everywhere blocking many parts of the trail. Some apparently for months. Truly sad that park maintenance staff haven’t done their jobs. I probably could be a nice trail but not in its current state of disrepair.

Lovely. Muddy today but we only saw one person in five miles. Perfect for the dogs. Several stream crossings. Some good hills. Not for when the knees hurt.

Trail is beautiful and easy, stair cases and a beautiful view of the waterfall make this a treat to see. Easy for kids, so good as a family outing. Would see this again.

We hiked 5.25 mils combining the Beech, Meadowlark and Heron Trails. A downed tree had not been cleared just east of the large pond and landslide had occurred on the South Heron Trail. Though signs redirected in both locations, each were disappointing in their execution. Overall the park is pleasant and the hikes relatively easy with a few locations having stairs. There are plenty of benches to rest with a snack. Trails run parallel to Wolf Creek and offer opportunity for photos. The Meadowlark Trail runs through hunting grounds and what we later learned was the site of a popular public swimming pool. The western side of this portion of trail follows deteriorating driveways and parking lots of that pool, giving it an eerie neglected feeling. Trails were well groomed, though some were torn up a little due to horses and wet ground. Though horses are not to be on the hiking trails, we spotted at least one sign that could have been interpreted pointing to the horse trail though it had an X through the horse and rider symbol. This park is a rough gem. Just avoid in hunting season.

Wide clear path gravel. Great scenery. Can get buggy in summer.

Can combine with the other out-back trail to make as much as 8 Miles. Be careful after heavy rains or snow melts...trail is pretty low and can have areas flood. Very well marked. Lot of wild life, deer are nearly tame. Clean bathrooms and lots of parking. Highly recommend

We’ve done this hike a couple of times and my dogs enjoyed it as well.

Very nice trails, my dogs enjoyed the Orange Trail.

7 days ago

Easy 1.5 mile hike/walk. Very quiet, light traffic, clean grounds.

7 days ago

Very scenic! Was pretty greasy because of all the moisture so was fairly difficult throughout most of the hike! Will definitely revisit when it dries out!

7 days ago

Excellent winter hike! Little muddy, but trail is well maintained so not a huge deal.

This is a beautiful place.

Beautiful, awesome trail !!!

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