The Best Hiking in Ohio

Looking for the best hiking in Ohio? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Ohio. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Ohio

  • Logan, Ohio

    Hike & Camp in Hocking Hills, Ohio

    4.9
    3 mi
    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. The forest and state park is vast, and it includes Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, Rock House, t...
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  • Peninsula, Ohio

    Brandywine Falls

    4.5
    3.66 mi / 600 ft gain
    CVNP only has one designated camping area with five sites, located behind the Stanford House. The Conservancy for CVNP runs the reservations, and they fill up quickly so plan ahead (I made my reservation about 2 months in advance, and it was the earliest I could get in). There is a parking lot at...
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  • Logan, Ohio

    Hike to Old Man's Cave

    4.9
    2 mi
    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. There is also a wheelchair accessible Gorge Trail (0.75 miles). Rim Trail can be linked to Cedar Falls, as well,...
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  • Peninsula, Ohio

    Ledges Trail

    4.8
    2.34 mi / 210 ft gain
    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. I suggest that you go North first (towards the shelter area). Follow this trail into the woods and ...
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  • Brecksville, Ohio

    Hike to Blue Hen Falls

    4.7
    2.87 mi / 518 ft gain
    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. After parking you will descend down a semi steep hill and arrive at a bridge. Once you cross the br...
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  • Logan, Ohio

    Hike to Cedar Falls

    4.3
    1 mi
    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. There are scenic views to be had year-round off of the stream-lined path, starting from the lower parking lot off of SR 374. For quicker access to the falls, start...
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  • Cedarville, Ohio

    Hike to Cedar Cliff Falls

    4.4
    2.6 mi / 250 ft gain
    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. Make sure you stay right of the painted yellow line on the road, trespassers on the private land surrounding the park are ...
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  • West Liberty, Ohio

    Explore Ohio Caverns

    4.8
    1 mi / 80 ft gain
    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. The caves were formed by the dissolution of the Devonian limestone bedrock below, giving way to some of the most phenomenal cave features...
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  • Logan, Ohio

    Hike to the Elusive Corkscrew Falls

    2.8
    1 mi / 35 ft gain
    I like to describe this waterfall as the "elusive" corkscrew falls. A couple years ago, only one or two people had blogged on the internet about these falls. They were not super, descriptive details, so most of the time I wondered around till I found the trail. There is no big official park sign ...
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  • Northfield, Ohio

    Hike up Brandywine Creek to Brandywine Falls

    4.0
    2 mi
    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." The trail consists of medium to large stones that are white in color. If you see this you are o...
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  • Walton Hills, Ohio

    Hike the Bridal Veil Falls and Tinkers Creek Loop

    4.5
    4.1 mi / 321 ft gain
    This popular waterfall and gorge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are linked by an easy, well-maintained trail. Both attractions are deserving sights – Bridal Veil Falls measures 15 ft tall, with multiple shale layers creating the veiled effect, while Tinkers Creek Gorge, at 896 ft deep, has ...
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  • Saint Paris, Ohio

    Camp at Kiser Lake

    5.0
    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. The sites are near a 'field' of lily pads, and the frog calls that emanate from the area make for a relaxing sound to sleep to. There are few trees lakes...
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  • Yellow Springs, Ohio

    Hike Clifton Gorge

    4.0
    2.6 mi / 200 ft gain
    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.Starting at the parking lot off of Jackson St, follow the trail northwest allow the narrows of Clifton Gorge. Here, the river has carved ...
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  • Rockbridge, Ohio

    Hike the Gorge at Conkle's Hollow

    4.6
    3 mi / 200 ft gain
    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). My personal opinion on route will be described below.Take the paved path that explores the valley floor first. It is an easy 1/2 mile out and b...
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  • Laurelville, Ohio

    Explore the Rock House

    5.0
    0.5 mi / 150 ft gain
    From the Rock House parking lot, follow the trail for 0.1 mile down the hill until you come to a fork in the trail, at which point follow the yellow marked Lower Rim Trail that continues downhill through a set of carved sandstone steps and then turns to parallel the cliffs. From there, it's less ...
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  • South Bloomingville, Ohio

    Explore Ash Cave

    5.0
    0.5 mi
    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. The cave is great for relaxing in the shade during a hot day, enjoying a spring picnic, or grabbing some imag...
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