The Buckeye State is the home of the American Football Hall of Fame, the birthplace of seven American presidents, and some of the most incredible places to load up a pack and blaze a trail. The temperate climate and small rugged hills beckon to those who have a thirst for nature. A hike enjoyed in one of Ohio’s many state parks or nature preserves is sure to awaken the senses and leave you begging for more. Here is a list of 10 of the best hikes found in the state of Ohio.
Lamping Homestead Trail in Graysville
This is a loop trail that is comprised of two separate paths and it may just be one of the best hikes in the state. It is a secluded and history drenched excursion. The trail begins at the two-acre Lamping Pond before winding through a white pine plantation and a beech maple forest. It has a 300’ vertical rise that passes caves and rock outcroppings. You don’t have to veer far off the trail to see the history in the site, including the Lamping family cemetery that dates back to the 1800s.
Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills State Park offers approximately fourteen miles worth of incredible hiking among some of Ohio’s most intriguing geology and scenery. Ash Cave is the must-do hike in the area. The terrain is rugged, but not enough to be classified as difficult. There is a high trail and a low trail, both being approximately one-half mile long. The low trail is handicap accessible. Ash Cave is the largest recess cave east of the Mississippi and flows into a runoff waterfall.