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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.

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To Trailhead

US 33 E to Nelsonville; L onto OH 78. L onto OH 13 in Glouster; R onto Burr Oak Rd. Take 2nd L onto Township Rd. 299. R @ stop sign onto CR 58. Trailhead sign on L after .9 mi.


  1. sweerekgmail-com

    As of Apr 16, its the best-built, best-marked, best-maintained 15-miler in Ohio I’ve found. Very clean too. Ample, pretty campsites and an overall pleasant hike… just nothing to exciting to see nor treat-able water to drink. There’s even a few sites big enough for ~10 tents.

    In Spring, the creeks run well & clear and a couple ponds likely exist year-round but given the spiderweb of old oil well lines and easy finds of surface petroleum, it doesn’t appear the water is treatable. (Anyone have actual water test results?)

    Ample trail-road crossings make stashing gallons of water easy … and you’ll find old, abandoned, still-potable bottles at most crossings.

    A request — Trash exists at most trail-road crossings. Please pick up a bag worth on your drive out.

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  2. michaelglenwarrengmail-com

    First, is in the middle of nowhere and is a two-hour drive from north Columbus. You have to love long hikes to do this trail. I was surprised that there were a few other cars parked at the trailhead. The scenery on this hike is basically non-existent -just forest for the most part. Outside of the 15-mile distance, I don’t remember any challenges regarding elevation gain; it’s fairly flat and well marked. There were a few spots early in the hike in which the trail was in very poor condition, but the last 12 miles or so I had no problems.

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