The Best Outdoor Activities in Ohio
Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.
Hike & Camp in Hocking Hills, Ohio
Ohio / Hocking Hills Visitor Center
If you find yourself in Ohio, you must stop in Logan and visit the Hocking Hills. This place seems to consistently find itself on lists for the best hiking in the country - and for good reason.
Hike to Brandywine Falls
Ohio / Towpath Trail
CVNP only has one designated camping area with five sites, located behind the Stanford House.
Hike to Blue Hen Falls
Ohio / Blue Hen Falls Trailhead
Within Cuyahoga Valley National Park lies an amazing little waterfall known as Blue Hen Falls. There are few parking spots at the given address but there is an overflow lot right across the street.
Hike to Old Man's Cave
Ohio / Hocking Hills State Park Visitor Center
Take the Rim Trail in Hocking Hills State Park, which descends into the deep gorge and takes you alongside a stream as you head towards a number of cascades and interesting rock faces.
Hike the Ledges Trail
Ohio / Ledges Trailhead
Drive and park in the area shown on the map. If you are in the parking lot near a big open field, you made it to the right place. There are two ways to take the trail from here, south or north.
Camp at Kiser Lake
Ohio / Kiser Lake State Park
This pet-friendly park has some great sites for lakeside camping, all on the east-end of the lake, giving campers a great view of the sunset.
Hike to Cedar Falls
Ohio / Cedar Falls Trailhead
Located on Queer Creek in Hocking Hills State Park, the popular 50 ft-Cedar Falls still tends to be less crowded than Old Man's Cave.
Hike the Gorge at Conkle's Hollow
Ohio / Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve
Starting from the parking lot, cross the small foot bridge before coming to where the trail splits. You will have 3 options (straight, left or right).
Hike the Bridal Veil Falls and Tinkers Creek Loop
Ohio / Bridal Veil Falls Parking Lot
This popular waterfall and gorge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are linked by an easy, well-maintained trail.
Hike the Scout Trail at Oak Openings Preserve
Ohio / Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
The Scout Trail at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark in Swanton, Ohio is an easy hike that covers a lot of beautiful ground! I love this hike and do it several times each season (REALLY recommend the f.
Hike up Brandywine Creek to Brandywine Falls
Ohio / Brandywine Falls Trailhead
You first park in the Brandywine Falls picnic area shown there on the map. There are three ways you go can go right off the start. You want to take the trail to the left named the "Stanford Trail.
Explore Ohio Caverns
Ohio / Ohio Caverns
Ohio Caverns is a locally owned private establishment with guided tours through the cave system that lies beneath the rolling farmland of Central Western Ohio.
Hike Towpath Trail, Cuyahoga Valley NP
Ohio / Towpath Trailhead
The trail starts just south of Indigo Lake along the Towpath Trail near Akron. Head north on the cinder towpath towards Indigo Lake and past the beaver marsh all along the Cuyahoga River.
Hike the Gorge Trail Loop
Ohio / West Gorge Trail
This is a lovely 2 mile hike along Mill Creek. We parked by Lake Newport and started off on the West Gorge Trail toward the Mill.
Hike the Pleasant Hill Lyons Falls Loop
Ohio / Pleasant Hill Trailhead
To get to this trail you can go to the Dam that is a part of Pleasant Hill Lake and there is a parking area across the street.
Explore Ash Cave
Ohio / Ash Cave
Getting to Ash Cave is extremely easy with a short quarter-mile hike from the parking area; there's also a rim trail above the cave that adds 90 feet of elevation and some extra distance.
Hike to Cedar Cliff Falls
Ohio / Indian Mound Reserve Parking Lot
Starting from the Indian Mound Reserve parking lot, follow the private drive back until the signs indicate to follow the trail through the woods to the right, about 1/4 mile.
Hike the Shawnee Ridge Trail
Ohio / Great Seal State Park
Starting at the northern parking lot, head south along the Shawnee Ridge Trail. Several spur and loop trails intersect the trail along the 10 mile out-and-back hike.
Hike to Irish Run Natural Bridge
Ohio / Archer's Fork Trailhead
To begin, park next to the cemetery located on T-411 in Wayne National Forest. The trail begins on the north side of the cemetery and leads into the woods from there.
Hike Clifton Gorge
Ohio / Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve Parking Lot
The entirety of this hike is within the Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, a protected park with strict restrictions on off-trail travel with pets prohibited.
Hike the Salt Run Trail
Ohio / Salt Run Trailhead, Pine Hollow
The Salt Run Trail, which passes through alternating woodlands, meadows, and hills, tends to be less crowded than other popular hikes in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Hike the Cantwell Cliffs Loop
Ohio / Cantwell Cliffs Parking
Cantwell Cliffs is one of the more northern units of the overall Hocking Hills State Park Region. Located off of OH SR 374, a short 0.
Explore the Rock House
Ohio / Rock House Parking Lot
From the Rock House parking lot, follow the trail for 0.
Hike Chippewa Creek
Ohio / Chippewa Creek Gorge Overlook
Park at the Chippewa Gorge Scenic Overlook and then take the trail south into the woods. About 1/4 mile in just past the covered picnic tables, there will be a slope to the left.
Ohio / Oak Point State Park
This is a fun, short trip. Could be completed in about 30 minutes and rentals are available if you cannot supply your own kayaks. The island is small, with adequate cliffs.
Hike the Sagamore Creek Loop
Ohio / Alexander Bike Lot and Trailhead
This hike features a small waterfall, as well as views along and above the creek. The trail involves one creek crossing. A trail map is available here. Photo Credit: Ken Lund
Hike to Linda Falls
Ohio / Alexander Bike Lot and Trailhead
Start out on All Purpose Trail, then take Buckeye Trail to the falls. The trail will lead alongside the ravine before reaching Linda Falls.
Hike through Scioto Grove Metro Park
Ohio / Scioto Grove Metro Park
New in May 2016, the Scioto Grove Metro Park has about 600 acres of land in Grove City, OH. There are more than 7 total miles of connecting trails as well as picnic areas and jungle gyms.
Hike the Overlook-Dripping Rock Loop
Ohio / Highbanks Metro Park
Starting at the nature center near the entrance of the park, the 2.5 mile long Dripping Rock Trail heads off in two directions, to the south and to the west.
Hike the Buckeye Towpath Loop
Ohio / Boston Store Visitor Center
Plan to park at the Boston Store Visitor Center.
Hike Nelson Kennedy Ledges
Ohio / Nelson Ledges Parking
Starting at the the parking lot off of OH SR 282, cross the road and you'll arrive at the base of the conglomerate cliffs that give the park its name.
Explore the Teegarden-Centennial Covered Bridge
Ohio / Teegarden-Centennial Covered Bridge
History behind Teegarden-Centennial Covered Bridge: Teegarden-Centennial Covered Bridge was built in 1876. It was in use until 1992 and then later restored in 2003.
Fossil Hunt at Caesar Creek
Ohio / Caesar Creek State Park Spillway
The location of the fossil hunt is within the emergency spillway of the Caesar Creek Dam. Once there, simply look at the ground and at any rocks in the vicinity.
Hike the Headland Dunes
Ohio / Headland Dunes Parking Area
From the parking lots at the far eastern end of Headlands Beach State Park, head to the sign for the Headland Dunes State Nature Preserve, and follow the trail marked with white painted T-posts.
Hike the North Rim of the Little Miami River
Ohio / John Bryan Lower Parking Lot
Starting at the lower parking lot, follow the signs that direct you to the trails near the shelterhouse. Within 0.
Hike Lake Hope's Peninsula Trail
Ohio / Lake Hope Parking
Situated in the long-forgotten coal and iron country of Ohio, Lake Hope is a beautiful combination of Ohio's rugged Appalachian foothills and tranquil shoreline.
Hike the Darby Creek Trail
Ohio / Prairie Oaks Metro Park
Parking at the Whispering Oaks Picnic Area on the west side of the park, start on the Darby Greenway Trail and follow it north across the river until you reach the beginning of the Lake View Trail.
Camp at Morgan's Riverside Campground
Ohio / Morgan's Campground
The camping spots at Morgan's are right along the Little Miami River, making it a peaceful and beautiful place to camp. There are more than 50 sites to camp at.
Hike into Hell Hollow
Ohio / Hell Hollow Parking Lot
From the trailhead, follow the Beech Ridge Loop Trail to the stairs for a 1/4 mile to the stairs that descend down into Hell Hollow.
Hike to Ansel's Cave
Ohio / The West Woods
The beginning of the hike to Ansel's Cave starts at The West Woods parking lot next to the visitor center. From there, follow the signs noting the Ansel Cave Trail.
Photograph Honey Run Waterfall
Ohio / Honey Run Parking Lot
Getting to Honey Run Falls is incredibly easy! There are two parking lots for the park, one on the west side of the road for the Honey Run Highlands, and one on the east side of the road in the fores.
Hike the Darby Creek Greenway
Ohio / Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
Starting your hike from the Cedar Ridge Picnic Area, head north along the Darby Creek Greenway, a well-maintained gravel path that is a multi-use trail alongside cyclists and trail runners.
Bike along the Cuyahoga River via Lock 39 Trailhead
Ohio / Lock 39 Trailhead
The best way to tack the Towpath Trail along the remains of the Ohio and Erie Canal is by peddling it.
Photograph Clear Fork Gorge
Ohio / Mohican State Park Gorge Overlook Parking Lot
The hardest part of this adventure is finding parking, especially on a late October afternoon.
Rock Climb at John Bryan SP
Ohio / John Bryan State Park Climbing Parking
If you are new to climbing, someone who really enjoys toprope climbing or if you live in west central Ohio and are looking to climb somewhere within a reasonable driving distance, John Bryan State Pa.
Hike the Shoreline-Lakeview Loop
Ohio / Lake Erie Bluffs Parking Area
Starting at the parking lot next to Lake Erie Bluffs brand new 50-foot tall lakefront observation tower, follow the yellow signs noting the Shoreline Trail, a 0.
Hike to Rose Lake
Ohio / Hocking Hills Visitor Center
Starting at the main parking lot for Old Man's Cave and the Hocking Hills, follow the Gorge Overlook Trail from the Visitor's Center, staying on top of the rim. About 0.
Hike the Quarry Rim-Chestnut Trail
Ohio / Blackhand Gorge Parking
Starting at the eastern trailhead off of Gratiot Rd, follow the paved Blackhand Trail for 0.2 mile till you arrive at the sign of the Quarry Rim Trail, a 0.
Photograph Mt. Jeez
Ohio / Mt. Jeez Overlook
While it might not seem like much, Mt. Jeez stands 1,310' feet above sea level, making it one of the higher "peaks" in Ohio.
Bike the Blackhand Trail
Ohio / Blackhand Gorge Parking
Both the eastern and western trailhead have ample parking and access to the Blackhand Trail, which winds its way along the banks of the Licking River for a 4.3 mile one way trip.
Hike to Ramona Lake
Ohio / Creekside Meadows Parking Lot
Starting at the Creekside Meadows Parking Lot, follow the Creekside Meadows Trail for 0.3 of a mile until it forks into two trails.
Run the Ironweed Trail in Glacier Ridge Metro Park
Ohio / Glacier Ridge Metro Park
From the main entrance on the north side of the park, the Ironweed Trail connects the northern, more wooded section of the park with the wetlands to the south. This 2.
Visit Campbell Hill
Ohio / Campbell Hill Parking Lot
One of the easiest of the 50 State Highpoints in the United States to visit, Campbell Hill sits just outside Bellefountaine (pronounced Bell-fountain), Ohio.
Hike the Pew Island Trail, Indian Lake
Ohio / Pew Island Trailhead
I hiked this trail on a very cold, blustery day. A winter storm was blowing in across the ice and temperatures were downright frigid.