Columbus: Paint Creek North Loop

Hike 4.9 miles into wooded pockets colored with summer wildflowers along the hills of Paint Creek, where white-tailed deer congregate at sunset.
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Hike 4.9 miles into wooded pockets colored with summer wildflowers along the hills of Paint Creek, where white-tailed deer congregate at sunset.

Mapped by Steve Bangs

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.0

Waypoints

PCN001

Location: 39.2704811096191, -83.3805236816406

Follow North Loop Trail from NE corner of lot; gentle descent on wide, grassy path leads through mixed forest

PCN002

Location: 39.2722587585449, -83.3754806518555

Step over small stream trickling across path. Trail veers L for brief ascent

PCN003

Location: 39.2797317504883, -83.3743896484375

Turn R @ unmarked T onto outer loop; head N on singletrack through woods

PCN004

Location: 39.281421661377, -83.3743133544922

Turn L @ 4-way with paved road onto worn, grass-covered lane

PCN005

Location: 39.280818939209, -83.3788070678711

Bear R @ Y, looping through shady stands of
maple trees draped with grapevines

PCN006

Location: 39.2808303833008, -83.3792114257812

R @ T for short descent. In 60 ft., turn L near edge of Paint Creek, following red blazes; look closely for great horned owls perched on hardwood branches

PCN007

Location: 39.2801399230957, -83.378791809082

Cross narrow, mellow stream, then head S

PCN008

Location: 39.2777099609375, -83.3784332275391

Follow dirt singletrack E, then S along edge of small ravine

PCN009

Location: 39.275089263916, -83.3782730102539

Bear R @ white trail marker

PCN010

Location: 39.2737808227539, -83.3818435668945

Trail curves R. In .3 mi., traverse wooded ridgeline above Paint Creek Lake; prime deer-sighting spot

PCN011

Location: 39.2747497558594, -83.3844833374024

Trail continues to R; follow back to trailhead