Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

12 hours ago

This pleasant nature trail is well maintained and offers easy conditions for leisure walking. Trail is semi paved and offers access to the beach front of Lake Erie. Plenty of wildlife including squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, geese, ducks, beavers, turtles, and wide variety of birds which helps create a pleasant atmosphere as you enjoy a leisure stroll. Recommend going in the late afternoon so you may enjoy the sun setting over the lake.

love. its not 4 miles. much shorter.maybe 2.

Pretty diverse terrain and wildlife, the trails are in good shape, and some of the ridge top views are awesome!

Great for doggo walkin and bits of water splashin.

Pretty easy trail. A lot of trash where it's a party spot for local kids but the area is still pretty neat. Can find old foundations if you know what to look for. Trail is actually 16 miles from Zaleski to mineral but still some bridges missing that are supposed to be put in place in the next few years.

3 days ago

beautiful trail. saw some deer smoking weed in the woods. just the right amount of elevation change.

4 days ago

The campsite we stayed at had a trail that lead to Old Man's Cave so we decided that would be where our journey would start. We traveled downhill and through a small construction site where the new Visitors Center is being built and headed for the cave. It was like stepping into another world as the trail transitioned from dense forest to an open rocky gorge with running waterfalls and sandy pools. The stone bridges and steps that twist and turn through the gorge were fantastical. I had high expectations but these were quickly surpassed by the views and cliff faces.

The Gorge trail was mostly paved but disappeared near the end for some awe inspiring views and another set of falls.

Nice trail about 200 feet of elevation difference, river, waterfalls and old woods.

Pros: good distance for a quick, easy hike.
Cons: Trail is not well marked, there are numerous side trails, and in some areas the trail is so rarely traveled, it is difficult to tell what is the trail.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

12 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!

12 days ago

Was a nice walk. Pretty wet this time of year which makes it super muddy! A little bummed that there are houses so close to parts of the trail. Will hike again during a drier season.

This is a beautiful place.

12 days ago

This is a beautiful trail. My son (8) and I always choose the Gorge because it is definitely one of the prettiest hiking areas near us. We started going when my son was only 5, and he could keep up and handle it then. It definitely is a little tricky in some spots tho. The rock formations are amazing. You have to walk through two rocks that are split apart and that’s really cool for a kid (and me) to do. There is a huge rock that sticks out over the walking path and you are able to go underneath it and there are teeny tiny waterfalls that you can see coming off that rock in the warmer weather. It definitely worth taking a look at it!!! A lot of great pictures and memories were made there

12 days ago

Nice peaceful walk only saw a few other people. Wildlife is plentiful but I prefer a bit more seclusion. Several spots along the upper portion of the trail you pass very close to housing.

Great trail to run. Very difficult to run, lots of rocks and roots. Got lost a few times. This app was very useful to fin my way. Watch out for the stone steps.

16 days ago

fun short hike with the kids

There were many trees down on the trail but that was ok with me as this adds to the challenge and is nature at its finest! Would like to do the long loop one day! With that i may give it 5 stars.

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