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Great views. In addition to the carvings

If you get to the meadow, you’ve gotten off trail. I saw another review that said once you get to the meadow it gets confusing/is no signage. I made the same mistake while talking and hiking, just flying through.

Very beautiful trail, only thing is it was very muddy and a couple trees fell on the path.

Surprisingly hard. I wasn’t expecting that from OH.

Great trail that changes scenery pretty often. Would recommend going counter clockwise when you get to the loop about .5 miles or so from the trailhead.

Had one of my best hiking experiences here. Yesterday was my first time there and I cannot wait to go back. So serene and the trails were definitely moderate which I enjoy. I only did 6 miles but it was great! I highly recommend this place for some great spiritual hiking.

These falls are very cool ... from the parking lot there is multiple trails you can take, so you could hike for a couple hours or just hike the 5 minutes to the waterfalls.

22 days ago

Great place to take a dog for a walk! Make sure to pick up after them. Absolutely lovely views of the lake. Wish there were more trash receptacles for pet waste.

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. The trail was well maintained, and we enjoyed the scenery- lake, 2 waterfalls, limestone cliffs, a beautiful visitor’s center and the pioneer village. We encountered just a few hikers/runners, and most of the trail was away from road noise. The hills were moderate and the trail was easy to navigate. We decided we would like to do this loop again in the spring and enjoy the wild flowers.

What a cool area! The small section of the trail with all of the carvings in the ledges is amazing. Definitely worth a visit. It’s like a mini version of the ledges trail in Cuyahoga or some sections of Hocking Hills. It is very small though. And the rest of the trail simply resembles a normal hike with small rolling hills. Would love to visit again.

Great hiking experience. A few muddy/slick spots after a rain overnight. Nice moderate rated trail. Recommend hiking the loop counterclockwise as reviewed in other posts.

1 month ago

Helo twins =)

Beware that this a hard trail even thought it is rated as moderate. I would say definitely go for the conditioning. The uphill section is very steep. To make this even more challenging the terrain is extremely uneven and there are loose rocks/nuts on the ground, making steep elevation changes a little tricky. The only drawback to this trail is that I found the scenery extremely monotonous. And also watch out for horse poop on the trail.

Tough initial hill, smooth sailing after that.

This was a very scenic and well marked trail! We finished it yesterday and with the leaves changing, made it a beautiful hike!! I would do the Lakeshore Trail again!!!

One of my favorite hikes in Ohio. The views of the lake do not disappoint. The landscape changes various times to keep the hike very interesting. I hiked the trail counter clock wise.

Of all the trails I’ve done, this one here is my absolute favorite. How cool to go searching for the carvings of the Worden Family from the 19th century! Great hidden gem in Ohio. Very under-rated

Absolutely fantastic scenery, was continuously surprised all the way around. At times you are right up next to the water, and other times in the thick of the woods. The eastern half felt more remote. Can link up this route with the George Loop trail to avoid some of the road travel. Very well maintained route - quite possibly the best day hike in Ohio.

This is the blog post and review written by my wife4.

1 month ago

Great place to go. Some of the hills can be challenging for inexperienced hikers. All the Lake Metro Park are very good.

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:)

1 month 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.

1 month ago

constant elevation change and a variety of terrain

Highly recommend this trail. Walked further than the 2.1 miles. Other trails to explore beyond this. Best this time of year. First day of fall!

1 month 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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

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

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

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.

This is a long hike (13.4 miles for me) with some short uphill sections. The trial has lots of tree roots so watch your steps.

I was there on a very warm Saturday in mid-September and there were NO bugs the entire 13 miles! This was HUGE plus!

The South part of the lake is much prettier than the north-east side.

There are no functioning drinking fountains at the restrooms so I had to drink from the sinks. That was a negative.

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