|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Mansfield OH: Mohican State Park. This trip combines the Lyons Falls and Hickory Ridge trails for some back country primitive camping. I don't own a GPS, so these points are approximated where clear landmarks are not present. This park seems to be plagued by poor, outdated maps, confusing trail signs, etc so be alert for forks in the trail and make sure your compass matches your map. Don't count on blazes, because we didn't see any. If you plan to camp, start by filling out the reservation form at the State Forest Work Center. You'll find this on the state park map on CR-939. Now drive to the covered bridge and park. The Lyons Falls trail is very straightfoward and starts immediately to the west of the parking area. Aftering hiking to the dam, take a few minutes to relax at the picnic bench and take in the views. Now follow the trail from the south east edge of the dam, straight down the low-side of the dam. This trail continues back to the covered bridge along the north side of the river. Getting from here to the Hickory Ridge Trail can be a little tricky. Look at the individual waypoint notes in this trip so that you can avoid troubles. The next leg of this trip begins on the north west side of the road intersection, on the other side of the road from where the previous trail ends. There's a small unmarked path leading sharply uphill. Follow this trail to a group picnic area and hike along the road to the group camping area. Running water is available here from a faucet in the middle of the open space. This is the last time that water will be readily available. Begin the next trail near the road on the north side of the group camp area. It will quickly connect to a forest road. Turn right (east) and follow until you reach a fork. Take the small trail to the right. This next stretch is a beautiful ridge hike between two gorges. The rest of this trail serves a dual purpose as being a mountain biking trail, so stay alert for bikers coming down the trail. You walk down a ridge, then switch back on the other side of the ridge. A new gorge will now be on your right. You'll walk north west and cross the stream that runs through the gorge. You'll now turn back east. After a mile or so, you'll see the first camp site (8) to the right. I believe nine is shortly after although I didn't follow the off-shoot trail to verify that that's what it was. A mile or so later is a wide path that appears to be a forest road. Follow it to the right for about 200 feet to a narrow trail on the right with a sign for camp site 10. The site is about 100 feet up the trail. This site has several good locations for a tent, some sitting-logs, a fire ring and plenty of exploring area. There's a very sharp drop down into the gorge on the south side of the camp site, so don't wander too far at night! The next morning, we retraced our steps to the covered bridge, but if you're feeling more adventurous, you could also continue along the trail to the South East and wrap back around on the gorge trail.