Columbus: Zaleski Backpack Trail (South Loop)

This 11.7-mile loop is loaded with backcountry treats: an old mining town, Indian ceremonial grounds, abandoned roads, stellar ridgeline views, and several designated campsites.
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This 11.7-mile loop is loaded with backcountry treats: an old mining town, Indian ceremonial grounds, abandoned roads, stellar ridgeline views, and several designated campsites.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 16.7

Waypoints

ZBT001

Location: 39.3313522338867, -82.3399047851562

Hike S from parking lot to bridge crossing the creek

ZBT002

Location: 39.3309860229492, -82.3396453857422

Bear L at the intersection with Olds Hollow Trail

ZBT003

Location: 39.3310317993164, -82.3340454101562

Follow the orange blazes to the L and up a small hill

ZBT004

Location: 39.3332252502441, -82.3320465087891

This is where the trail will loop back to in 10.7 miles; Turn R up the hill

ZBT005

Location: 39.3253784179688, -82.3194351196289

First camp site on the Zaleski backpack trail; fire rings and privy

ZBT006

Location: 39.3182487487793, -82.3188095092774

Section of the Marietta-Chillicothe Rd., abandoned in 1870

ZBT007

Location: 39.3094596862793, -82.3117599487305

Scenic rocky outcropping looking down into the valley

ZBT008

Location: 39.3117408752441, -82.3008575439453

Remains of an old mining town, Ingham Station; Head L up steep climb

ZBT009

Location: 39.3154563903809, -82.2995986938476

Another scenic view with green pastureland in the distance

ZBT010

Location: 39.3207893371582, -82.3079223632812

Small, donut-shaped mound is ceremonial ring built by Adena Indians

ZBT011

Location: 39.3222885131836, -82.2969665527344

Nice campsite on a ridge

ZBT012

Location: 39.3257637023926, -82.2995910644531

Cross over Tar Hollow Rd.

ZBT013

Location: 39.3305549621582, -82.3167037963867

Enter turkey management area

ZBT014

Location: 39.337028503418, -82.3268585205078

Leave main trail to head back to trailhead on short spur