Best Hikes Ever: Burr Oak State Park, OH

Traverse rolling hills to star-gazing meadows.
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Traverse rolling hills to star-gazing meadows.

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Old Man’s Cave, Zaleski State Forest, and Wildcat Hollow attract our Ohio map scouts—pretty much in that order. Burr Oak is little known and hard to find, and that’s precisely why this Buckeye State gem’s miles of wilderness trails remain under the radar. Make tracks through the Appalachian Mountain foothills by linking the Backpack, Lakeview, and Buckeye Trails for an 18-mile circuit around the 2,593-acre park’s oak-and-hickory- lined lake. It’s a perfect site to see crimson autumn foliage floating down to earth, beavers swimming the shallows, wild turkeys, and a near-peerless (for Ohio) view of the night sky. Pick one of the primitive lakeshore campsites ($18, 866-644-6727) for a mirrorlike reflection of Taurus, Orion, and the rest.

Map USGS quad Corning

Contact (740) 767-3570; dnr.state.oh.us