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Columbus, OH: Old Mans Cave Loop

This beautiful 5.1-mile loop in Hocking Hills State Park runs along a tight sandstone gorge to waterfalls, caves, and funky rock formations.

Cincinnati: E Trail

This 8.4-mile out-and-back–just 10 minutes from downtown–connects a handful of wooded hills and stream-carved valleys in Mt. Airy Forest.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Ledges and Pine Grove Loops

Enjoy a quick escape from the urban jungle any time of year on this 4.1-mile figure eight with calming views of the park’s rolling meadows and hills.

Cleveland, OH: Hemlock Gorge to Lyons Falls

This 9-mile out-and-back slices across Mohican State Park along a 300-foot deep sandstone gorge to the launch pads of two impressive waterfalls.

Columbus, OH: North Zaleski Loop

Dare to hike here: On his 18.4-mile overnight, you’ll pass vacant mines and farms to enter land allegedly guarded by a ghostly brakeman.

Columbus: Scioto Trail State Forest Loop

This 11.2-mile loop traces an old Shawnee trail over ragged foothills, across view-laden ridges, and into quiet, wooded hollows with darting streams.

Columbus: Clifton Gorge

Watch the Little Miami River transform from calm to violent in a deep limestone chasm on this 5.2-mile dayhike in John Bryan State Park.

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.

Cincinnati: Redwing Trail Loop

Flowers? Check. Wildlife? Yep. Good trails? You bet. This easy loop in Rowe Woods packs a lot in 4.9 miles, and it’s just a short drive from the I-275 loop.

Columbus: Ridge-Creekside Loop

This 5-mile circuit hike offers rugged cliffs, gentle creeks, and the chance to see dozens of the 900-plus species within Clear Creek Metro Park.

Columbus, OH: Wildcat Hollow Hiking Trail

Roam wild hollows and hills to cozy campsites strewn with pine needles on this little-known 15.2-mile loop in Wayne National Forest.

Cincinnati: Taylorsville Loop

Get far away from it all on this 4-mile loop through wooded ravines and giant rock outcroppings abutting the Great Miami River.

Cleveland, OH: Tappan Lake Loop

Walk among beech and pine on this easy 3.6-mile hike to views of the 2,350-acre reservoir. Bring your swimsuit.

Cincinnati: Trail Ridge Loop

City life getting dull? Just minutes from downtown, this 3.8-mile rollercoaster loop follows the steep ravines and trickling streams of Mt. Airy Forest.

Cleveland, OH: Hemlock Gorge Ridge Loop

On this 11.9-mile loop in Mohican State Park, stride past waterfalls, up ridgetops, and along streams to a water-carved gorge with 300-foot walls.

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.

Cincinnati: Caesar Creek Loop

String together two loops on this 8.3-miler along the streams and young woodlands near Caesar Creek Lake–a 2,830-acre reservoir.

Cincinnati, OH: Waterfall Circuit

String several wooded paths and waterfalls together on this 3.5-mile dayhike located only minutes from downtown.

Cleveland, OH: Slippery Rock Gorge Trail

Cross rushing creek, natural rock bridges, and a rugged gorge on this challenging 11.4-mile daytrip in McConnell’s Mill State Park.

Atlanta, GA: Blood Mountain

This 5.5-mile loop in Chattahoochee National Forest follows a leg of the Appalachian Trail and provides long views across the Blue Ridge peaks.

COLUMBUS: Overlook Trail, Highbanks Metro Park

Take this gravel and hardpack trail 2.3 miles to an observation deck 100 feet above the slow, snaking Olentangy River. “You’ll climb steep grades through dense maple forest with rarely too many other hikers,” says Kathy Lince, president of the YMCA Columbus hiking club.

Dayton, OH: Twin Valley Trail

Ramble along a wide river to quiet, old-growth hollows.

Best Dayhikes Atlanta

Get three hikes within the metro area and a waterfall-filled trip in north Georgia hills in this Atlanta dayhike bundle.

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

Escape into tranquil, rolling woods in the foothills of the Appalachians.

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Columbus, OH: Old Mans Cave Loop

This beautiful 5.1-mile loop in Hocking Hills State Park runs along a tight sandstone gorge to waterfalls, caves, and funky rock formations.

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Cincinnati: E Trail

This 8.4-mile out-and-back–just 10 minutes from downtown–connects a handful of wooded hills and stream-carved valleys in Mt. Airy Forest.

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Columbus, OH: North Zaleski Loop

Dare to hike here: On his 18.4-mile overnight, you’ll pass vacant mines and farms to enter land allegedly guarded by a ghostly brakeman.

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Overlook
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Columbus: Scioto Trail State Forest Loop

This 11.2-mile loop traces an old Shawnee trail over ragged foothills, across view-laden ridges, and into quiet, wooded hollows with darting streams.

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Clifton Gorge
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Columbus: Clifton Gorge

Watch the Little Miami River transform from calm to violent in a deep limestone chasm on this 5.2-mile dayhike in John Bryan State Park.

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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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Cincinnati: Redwing Trail Loop

Flowers? Check. Wildlife? Yep. Good trails? You bet. This easy loop in Rowe Woods packs a lot in 4.9 miles, and it’s just a short drive from the I-275 loop.

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Grassy Trail
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Columbus: Ridge-Creekside Loop

This 5-mile circuit hike offers rugged cliffs, gentle creeks, and the chance to see dozens of the 900-plus species within Clear Creek Metro Park.

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Taylorsville Dam
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Cincinnati: Taylorsville Loop

Get far away from it all on this 4-mile loop through wooded ravines and giant rock outcroppings abutting the Great Miami River.

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