Explore the most popular trail running trails near Waynesville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice family friendly trail that is easy enough even if you have small children. Our family had a great time hiking the trails and then reaching the falls and cliffs. There are lots of rocks out in the creek and the kids had a great time skipping across them to get to the other side. The falls were nice, not really big so don't set your expectations too high, but still a nice feature at the end of the trail. There are lots of other nice trails in the area too, the entrance to this location basically allowed you to go on one of three or four trails. We are looking forward to tackling the others as well.

Great park with a lot of amenities

Very nice trail, one of the better ones I've been on. Great views and a couple nice water features. Trail maintainers have done a great job, you can tell they are actively to working to repair the few washed out bridges and blow downs from the flooding this winter/spring. I started at the trail head at the Visitors Center and went south. Next time I will go north 1st and get the hilly section done with fresh legs. The road walking was a little unnerving, but only lasts a short while. Trail was very well blazed, would be tough to get lost.

good trail cliffs, water falls, little bit of road walking, greats views of the lake. trail is more like 12.7 miles. 4-21-18

Took our grandson who is 22 months old today. We had a blast. would recommend this trail.

Just did this trail today was a little muddy due to the high water in flooding. But a great trail. A beautiful trail would recommend it to anyone

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.

Really nice trail. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do all of it due to all the flooding. I would recommend waiting if it’s been raining a lot during the week or checking the water level before you go. Because, a lot of the trail is right next to the lake.

Be Gentle to Mother Nature

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed Snow fall on the trail

hiking
3 months ago

Great for hiking with a toddler! Lots of little bridges and good views.

hiking
5 months ago

Perfect trail and scenic.

Fun hike! There is a spur off to the creek to look for fossils and the kids loved looking for them!

Great trail, kinda reminded me of the Burr Oak Backpack Trail but half the distance, lots of views of the lake, a little sketchy hiking along route 73 and on the bridge, the whole trail was challenging yet fun due to the week of on and off rain prior and a layer of leaves which then turned it into a "slip n slide", all in all I enjoyed it and will return

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike! Quiet, not too crowded, easy enough to do while wearing a 9 month old. Will definitely be back!

was hiking there today with two dogs.wonderful place!

nature trips
6 months ago

beautiful views

This was a beautiful fun hike for the fall with my 4 year old. Different walking paths with stairs, rocks, pavement and lots of different trees, bushes,flowers,streams, lakes and rocks. We loved it and highly recommend it for little legs. Perfect length!!!

Best hike I've done in Ohio! Challenging in areas, I loved that it got hilly and narrow. However, didn't like that parts of it were on the main road. Make sure to pay attention to signs because it's easy to get off track to other trails at some parts (I recommend taking a phone picture of the trail markers to refer to). Also, according to the maps the trail is actually 13 miles not 11 and takes roughly 5 hours.

Great hike! Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because of the slightly sketchy highway walk.

Beautiful my kids love and i love it❤

It's a good trail maintained pretty well if you do the whole loop bring lunch

this trail has what all different ohio trails have combined into one trail. it was exhilarating running a quarter mile over the interstate bridge, while it was down pouring. yes it was a torrential down pour for 80% of the hike. I recommend this trail for anyone who really enjoys what secluded hiking is.

Really nice trail. Best in Ohio I've seen, perhaps second behind Hocking Hills. worth a trip

Hiked the trail with kids 9 & 12 they enjoyed including the concrete channel to the left of the dam outflow and across the top of the dam along the road over to the spillway that connected back to the gorge trails. The far west trail was posted "closed due to erosion" but still passable on 7/14. About 6 feet of trail is eroded into the creek but stable to walk on if you are careful. 2 mile total this route.

Signs say closed but you can make it all the way around with no issues. Just a few slippery spots on one of the downhills. And a few nice shallow easy entry spots for the puppy to swim in the creek

10 months ago

Ok flat trail. Had a place we had to go off trail go across a parking lot and also along a road a bit. Tip ballot of signs for main trails but keep a close eye on orange blazes to ensure you are still on the trail. A lot of little side trails to easily go off on.

It was a good trail but you are not able to complete the loop because it's close at one point due to erosion.

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