With warm weather approaching quickly it is time to start getting outside to do all the fun activities we have been waiting do to for the last 4 months or so. One activity that is family friendly and a great exercise is hiking. One thing that I have always found is that it is always such a beautiful thing being able to get out and see the natural landscape that surrounds us, it’s truly amazing. We have found a few hiking trails that might be of interest to you all, and the best part is that they are scattered all over the state of Ohio. We hope you enjoy these few trails and hope you will be able to get out and enjoy them!
Grandma Gate wood Trail
Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave is a 10 mile out and back trail located near Logan, Ohio that features a cave. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking. You are also able to leisurely walk with family and pets, but make sure you have your animals on a leash! There are beautiful sights that you can’t miss on this year-round trail.
“Only been on part of the this trail because it’s so stunning you are tempted to take it slow. Make sure you bring a camera. My favorite parts are the waterfalls, the Devil’s bathtub, the moss on the walls, the bridges and the “caves” which are really ledges deeply recessed into the wall of the gorge. This trip is a treat. Best for adults and older kids (8 and above).” – Birgit
Happy Days, Ledges, & Pines
Happy Days, Ledges, and Pines is a 2 mile loop trail located near Peninsula, Ohio that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking & mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
“One of the better trails in the greater Cleveland area. The ledges offer great views and caves to explore. However, it is a high traffic trail and doesn’t really feel like wilderness. If you’re looking for a challenge, this isn’t the trail for you. It’s perfect if you’re looking to get away for a couple hours and want a relaxing hike.” – Nick
Squire’s Castle at North Chagrin
Squire’s Castle at North Chagrin is a 5.2 mile loop trail located near Cleveland, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Some of the vast activities that are offered include horse back riding, mountain biking, running, and cross country skiing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
“I stop by North Chagrin every few weeks – it’s always peaceful, especially when it’s getting dark. It’s especially nice to have well-maintained paved (all-purpose and gravel (bridle) trails for walking in the dark… And there are plenty of other smaller trails – marked and unmarked – around the park. It’s easy to spend many hours without retracing your steps…” – Daniel
Little Miami Loop & Spur Trail
Little Miami River Loop and Spur Trail is a 9 mile loop trail located near Yellow Springs, Ohio and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until October.
“This is a beautiful hike. The trails are well worn in John Bryan, but the neighboring Glen Helen are much smaller and difficult to navigate. The border between the two properties are not well marked, so I ended up hiking farther than expected. Still, the Little Miami provides a nice view.” – Stephanie
We hope you enjoy this start on a trail list that we have put together for you. It is going to be a great spring and summer to get out and hike these trails, even in the fall when the leaves are turning and in the winter when snow hits the ground!