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Athens, OH: Zaleski Backpack Trail (South & Middle Loops)

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Distance: 19.8 miles


Escape into tranquil, rolling woods in the foothills of the Appalachians.
  • Pawpaws
  • Rocky outcrops dot the trail
  • Rock outcropping look like faces
  • Trail sign
  • Registration Kiosk

Think Ohio’s all corn farms and soybeans? Think again. Zaleski’s 27,000 hardwood acres offer a dose of true wilderness. This mellow, two-night, 19.9-mile loop—with sandstone outcrops and wild edibles—is perfect for beginners or quick getaways. 

Gear up The Pedaler & The Packer, 432 Richland Ave., Athens. (740) 592-4630; pedaler.com

Season
Year-round, though trails get muddy in wet weather.

Permit
Register for first-come, first-serve campsites at the parking lot kiosk.

Contact
(740) 596-5781; ohiodnr.com

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