19 Best Hiking In Central Ohio

Updated on: February 2023

Best Hiking In Central Ohio in 2023


Hiking Ohio: A Guide To The State’s Greatest Hikes (State Hiking Guides Series)

Hiking Ohio: A Guide To The State’s Greatest Hikes (State Hiking Guides Series)
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50 Hikes in Ohio (4th Edition) (Explorer's 50 Hikes)

50 Hikes in Ohio (4th Edition)  (Explorer's 50 Hikes)
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cincinnati: Including Clifton Gorge, Southeast Indiana, and Northern Kentucky

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cincinnati: Including Clifton Gorge, Southeast Indiana, and Northern Kentucky
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  • 60 Hks/60 Mi-cincinnati,2nd Ed

Best Hikes Columbus: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls (Best Hikes Near Series)

Best Hikes Columbus: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls (Best Hikes Near Series)
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Hocking Hills Day Hikes

Hocking Hills Day Hikes
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Follow the Blue Blazes: A Guide To Hiking Ohio's Buckeye Trail (Ohio Bicentennial)

Follow the Blue Blazes: A Guide To Hiking Ohio's Buckeye Trail (Ohio Bicentennial)
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  • FOLLOW THE BLUE BLAZES

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cleveland: Including Akron and Canton

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cleveland: Including Akron and Canton
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Hiking Ohio: A Guide To The State’s Greatest Hikes (State Hiking Guides Series)

Hiking Ohio: A Guide To The State’s Greatest Hikes (State Hiking Guides Series)
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50 More Hikes in Ohio (50 Hikes Series)

50 More Hikes in Ohio (50 Hikes Series)
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  • 50 MORE HIKES IN OHIO

Ohio Nature Set: Field Guides to Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers of Ohio

Ohio Nature Set: Field Guides to Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers of Ohio
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Best Hikes Cincinnati: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls

Best Hikes Cincinnati: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls
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Hiking Ohio: Scenic Trails of the Buckeye State

Hiking Ohio: Scenic Trails of the Buckeye State
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Best Hikes Near Cleveland (Best Hikes Near Series)

Best Hikes Near Cleveland (Best Hikes Near Series)
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50 Hikes in Ohio: Day Hikes and Backpacks Throughout the Buckeye State (Fifty Hikes Series)

50 Hikes in Ohio: Day Hikes and Backpacks Throughout the Buckeye State (Fifty Hikes Series)
BESTSELLER NO. 14 in 2023
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Best Hikes Cleveland: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls (Best Hikes Near Series)

Best Hikes Cleveland: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls (Best Hikes Near Series)
BESTSELLER NO. 15 in 2023

Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes in Ohio: Day Hikes & Backpacking Trips in the Buckeye State (Third Edition) (Explorer's 50 Hikes)

Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes in Ohio: Day Hikes & Backpacking Trips in the Buckeye State (Third Edition)  (Explorer's 50 Hikes)
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  • 50 HIKES: OHIO

Ohio Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species (A Pocket Naturalist Guide)

Ohio Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species (A Pocket Naturalist Guide)
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  • Used Book in Good Condition

Trail Guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Trail Guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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Walks and Rambles in Ohio's Western Reserve: Discovering Nature and History in the Northeastern Corner (Walks & Rambles)

Walks and Rambles in Ohio's Western Reserve: Discovering Nature and History in the Northeastern Corner (Walks & Rambles)
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  • WALKS & RAMBLES OHIO'S W. RES

The Haunted Hocking Hills Ohio

Hocking County is a great place to explore the supernatural. The area including Rockbridge, Gibisonville and Logan Ohio are known for terrific tales of haunting. Any ghost hunter in Ohio will want to check out a few spots that are best known for their hauntings.

In Rockbridge Ohio, near Gibisonville you will find a hotbed of strange activity. Many area residents have reported bigfoot sightings in the area of State Route 678 and Keister Road. These Bigfoot sightings are nothing new. Residents have been making these claims since around 1880, and to the present day young and old alike report seeing Bigfoot at night, and he is always near the woods. A man, who has recently passed away Mr. Voorhees, told of a footprint embedded in the caves near his home that had to belong to this Bigfoot creature. It is fun trying to spot the creature, whether or not it is true.

A few miles away from the famed Bigfoot spot you will find a sleepy village called Gibisonville. Upon first sight, you would not believe it is possible for any scary event to occur in this lovely village. However the locals tell of several uneasy spirits who rest here. My favorite stories include a story of a young woman, her name was Lorna and she was mentally ill. Old timers will tell you she was a witch, but I found no evidence to support this. The legend goes that on a cold night in January of 1950, Lorna Racket's was walking home from the General Store. She had gone in to the village to purchase a few items. As it was very dark outside, and cold Lorna was hurrying home. It was a two-mile walk out Cream Ridge Road from the store. Lorna was walking home and stumbled into a ditch. Lorna fell and broke her leg. She tried to walk, and could not. She tried to crawl and drag herself home. Lorna must have known that it was very unlikely for any one to pass by this route, as her home was quite desolate. Unfortunately she did not make it home, she was found two days later. Lorna Racket's had frozen to death. Her small sack of groceries found by her frozen body. On a snowy night Lorna is seen on Cream Ridge Road, she is hurrying to make it home. She never arrives. Several people claim to have stopped and tried to give this mysterious woman a ride, for her to vanish before their eyes.

In Logan Ohio, you will find a dilapidated house on Church Street. It is presently lived in, for reasons unknown. This house is located in the 1100 block and is a duplex. This house was built in the 1800's and should have been torn down many years ago. This house is scary and sinister. In the year of 1999 I spent one terrible night in this house. Unexplainable noises came from the third floor. I could hear piano music, and it unnerved me .The bathroom is in the basement, and as I made my way down to the basement I was shocked to see a young girl standing in the corner dressed in black. I was so scared that I turned and ran back upstairs and informed my hostess of what I saw. She laughed. Winnie told me " So you met Melissa? She has been in that corner every night since I have lived here. She is a bad girl, she opens the doors of the house." Apparantly this ghost called Melissa opens all doors in the residence and has been doing so since the family got a dog. Winnie explained" At first Melissa just moved things, and we could not throw away this dinosaur we found upstairs. Believe me I tried and every morning it was back in the upstairs bedroom. When we adopted our dog she started opening doors. Melissa told my daughter she is afraid of the dog." How creepy!

Hocking County will appeal to ghost hunters and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

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