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Ohio



Easy Winter Hikes

Stop hibernating and start hiking with these low-risk, high-reward trips.

From the Field: BACKPACKER trail scouts' top Central local hikes

Try a 9-mile out-and-back in Ohio's Hemlock Gorge or hike through history in Per Marquette State Park or on the Saddle Rock Trail in Nebraska.

Rip & Go: Zaleski Backpack Trail, Zaleski State Forest, OH

Escape into tranquil, rolling woods in the foothills of the Appalachians.

Local Hikes

Jump-start your hiking season on these spring-ready trips from around the country.

Readers' Choice 2012: Your Neck of the Woods - Midwest Hikes

Climb dunes, find instant solitude, camp atop riverside bluffs, ascend to surprising above-treeline views, and hike along the St. Croix River.

Local Hikes: Midwest

Hike these long trails in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and head south to Texas to see Horned Lizards.

Rip & Go: Twin Valley Trail - Five Rivers MetroParks, OH

Ramble along a wide river to quiet, old-growth hollows.

Local Hikes: Midwest

Discover east Texas's longleaf pine forest; see the Boundary Waters on foot.

Trip Finder: Great Lakes

Your favorite Great Lakes hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.

Best. Hikes. Ever.

We've covered 245,591 miles of trails in our 37-year history. Here are our 20 all-time favorite trips, plus—shocking!—20 routes we never covered.

Best Hikes Ever: Burr Oak State Park, OH

Traverse rolling hills to star-gazing meadows.

Local Hikes: Columbus, OH

The best hikes near Columbus, OH.

Local Hikes: Midwest

The best hikes in the Midwest, as recommended by the region's best hiking clubs.

Free Maps! Our Contributors Favorite Local Hikes

Online or via your cellphone these trips are ready to be downloaded and explored.

MIDWEST
Special Survey: Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid

Being bordered by the Great Lakes, the Dakota Badlands, and the rivers of the Mississippi Valley gives Midwesterners plenty of land and water for hiking and camping adventure–even if the local high point is still lower than a Colorado knoll.

High Points: Campbell Hill, Ohio

Time it just right to get to the top of this one.

Best Backpacking In Ohio

Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Ohio.

Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

Lose yourself in the past on part of the Buckeye, America's longest loop trail.

Ohio's Shawnee Backpack Trail

When the footpath is named the Backpack Trail, you know what to do.

Ohio's River Ramble

The Marietta Unit provides some of the greatest river trails in Ohio.

Zaleski State Forest Backpack Trail, Ohio

An Ohio trail that reclaimed land from the ore era.

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