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Three Places to go Summer Hiking in Ohio

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Ohio is home to beautiful parks, hiking trails and nature scenes that are accessible in all seasons. Here are some great places to enjoy this beauty during the summer months. 

Local Dayton area

Twin Valley Trail

This trail system is located in southwest Ohio, not far from the downtown Dayton area. It is accessible from a few different parks including Germantown Main Park.

The trail loops to connect with other systems and spans 49 miles according to Five Rivers MetroParks. Hikers of all levels can participate in short two-mile hikes or longer, more advanced hikes.

The park is open all year and is suitable for backpackers. It also features small campsites hikers can reserve to stay the night on the trail. 


Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Those looking for a moderate winter hiking adventure can check out the trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 

This park, located in Peninsula Ohio, offers trails for all levels of hikers. Those looking for an easier path can go on trails like Ledges Trail and Pine Grove Trail. Those looking for a slightly more difficult adventure can check out the Wetmore Bridle trail, all located in the Park.

The park is open 24/7 all year round, excluding national holidays, and holds no entrance fee.

Those interested in learning more about the park can do so here.

Mohican State Park

Those looking for a more challenging course can try the Hemlock Gorge Loop in Mohican State Park. 

Hikers have highly reviewed this 11.9-mile hike through the northern Ohio Forrest. The trail is geared towards moderately to highly experienced hikers, especially during the winter months. 

Mohican State Park is open year-round and has accommodations for campers and those wishing to stay overnight in the park. 

Jamie Naylor


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