20 Best Hiking Trails In Ohio

Updated on: February 2023

Best Hiking Trails In Ohio in 2023


Hiking Ohio (America's Best Day Hiking)

Hiking Ohio (America's Best Day Hiking)
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50 Hikes in Ohio (4th Edition) (Explorer's 50 Hikes)

50 Hikes in Ohio (4th Edition)  (Explorer's 50 Hikes)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2023
  • 50 Hikes: Ohio

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)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2023

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
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2023
  • 60 Hks/60 Mi-cincinnati,2nd Ed

Trail Guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Trail Guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2023

Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes in West Virginia: Walks, Hikes, and Backpacks from the Allegheny Mountains to the Ohio River (Second Edition) (Explorer's 50 Hikes)

Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes in West Virginia: Walks, Hikes, and Backpacks from the Allegheny Mountains to the Ohio River (Second Edition)  (Explorer's 50 Hikes)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 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)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2023

National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States, 8th Edition (National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States)

National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States, 8th Edition (National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2023
  • Soft cover. 496 pages. Covers 59 national parks.
  • 300 photographs. 80 colorful maps. Park descriptions & brief history.
  • Travel planning tips. Itineraries. Directions.
  • Activities. Camping information. Weighs 1.5 lbs..

Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic: The definitive guide to multiuse trails in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia

Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic: The definitive guide to multiuse trails in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2023
  • Rail-trails Mid Atlantic 2nd

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)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2023
  • FOLLOW THE BLUE BLAZES

Rail-Trails Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio: The definitive guide to the region's top multiuse trails

Rail-Trails Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio: The definitive guide to the region's top multiuse trails
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2023
  • WILDERNESS

Ohio Wildlife Encyclopedia: An Illustrated Guide to Birds, Fish, Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians

Ohio Wildlife Encyclopedia: An Illustrated Guide to Birds, Fish, Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2023

Best Hikes Cincinnati: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls

Best Hikes Cincinnati: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls
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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)
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Wandering Ohio: A Buckeye Trail Thru-Hike

Wandering Ohio: A Buckeye Trail Thru-Hike
BESTSELLER NO. 15 in 2023

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

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cleveland: Including Akron and Canton
BESTSELLER NO. 16 in 2023

National Geographic Guide to State Parks of the United States, 4th Edition (National Geographic Guide to the State Parks of the U.S.)

National Geographic Guide to State Parks of the United States, 4th Edition (National Geographic Guide to the State Parks of the U.S.)
BESTSELLER NO. 17 in 2023
  • 215 state parks
  • Hundreds of photos
  • Individual Park descriptions
  • Covers all 50 states
  • 32 maps

Rail-Trails Midwest Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin

Rail-Trails Midwest Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin
BESTSELLER NO. 18 in 2023
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Ohio's Buckeye Trail (Images of America)

Ohio's Buckeye Trail (Images of America)
BESTSELLER NO. 19 in 2023

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)
BESTSELLER NO. 20 in 2023

The Appalachian Trail

What is the Appalachian Trail? The Appalachian Trail is a hiking trail that starts in northern Georgia and ends in north Maine. The trail is 2,175 miles long.

For your hike through Appalachia to be safe and fun, planning is key. Maps are available for all sections of the trail. It's best to locate the section of the trail you wish to hike before making your journey and study it.

You will hear people who are familiar with the trail refer to two hikes. The thru hike covers the entire trail. The section hike covers sections of the trail. The section hike is appropriate for hikers who only have a couple of days or weeks available to hike.

For safety purposes, the trail is clearly marked. Trees have white rectangles painted on them to let you know you are still on the trail. As long as you keep running into these markings, you know you're on the right track. The shelters that are scattered along the trail are also helpful.

Planning for supplies and water is a crucial part of making your hike a pleasurable one. The last thing you want to do is be stuck in the wilderness without a needed item. You will need your map, compass, clothes, toilet tissue, and food. These are just a few of the most important. A first aid kit should also be packed, especially if your hike is going to last more than a few hours. There are a few safety items that are good to take with you. Three blows on a whistle is a cry for help, so taking one along is a good idea. You may also want to consider a knife and a flashlight, especially for overnight hikes. Water can be obtained throughout the trail. However, if you plan to use water on the trail, you will have to either boil it or run it through a portable filter. If you are hiking during a dry time, make sure you take water with you.

If possible, hike with someone else. The safety in numbers rule applies here. If you are alone, use good common sense. Be courteous to people you encounter, but keep your pace. Do not take anything of value with you. Do not wear jewelry. It is certainly not needed on a hiking trip and could give someone a reason to cause you trouble. A friend or family member should know your plans. Let them know what part of the trail you will be using on which days. Give them a map. This will help, should the need arise. Some of the shelters have sign in sheets, take advantage of these.

The Appalachian Trail can be a wonderful way to reconnect with nature. If you are not a serious hiker, perhaps take someone with you. There are references available that will explain some of the wildlife you will be exposed to. With some adequate planning and some good sense, a hike on the Appalachian Trail can take you back to the nature that so many of us have forgotten about.

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