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From the Field: BACKPACKER trail scouts’ top Central local hikes

Try a 9-mile out-and-back in Ohio's Hemlock Gorge or hike through history in Per Marquette State Park or on the Saddle Rock Trail in Nebraska.

Hemlock Gorge to Lyons Falls, Mohican SP, OH
Mike Moore, Columbus, OH

On this nine-mile out-and-back, follow the Clear Fork of the Mohican River as it winds through a 200-foot-deep gorge. Cross the river via a 50-year-old covered bridge at mile 2.5, then continue a mile to the base of Big Lyons Falls, where the stream plummets 80 feet from a concave sandstone cliff. Visit trickling Little Lyons Falls at mile 4.6, then loop back from there. Option: Continue .5 mile to the Pleasant Hill dam, which offers the route’s best view, up a reservoir. Trip ID 12341

“Start at the nature center to add two rugged miles.”

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