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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 8, 2003

HIT THE TRAILS THIS FALL!
STATE PARKS, FORESTS AND NATURE PRESERVES OFFER GREAT HIKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING AND HORSEBACK RIDING

COLUMBUS, OH - There's no better way to get up close and personal with an Ohio autumn than with a woodland trek through a state park, forest or nature preserve, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking provide some of the best and most intimate ways to view the vibrant and colorful Ohio countryside. Ohio's state parks, forests and nature preserves offer hundreds of miles of trails through some of the state's most picturesque terrain. ODNR has compiled a list of the best locations to visit this autumn and view the change of seasons.

NORTHEAST

Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park (Portage County) - Three miles of hiking trails featuring unusual rock formations with names like Indian Pass and Old Maid's Kitchen. Best for experienced hikers and adults.

Beaver Creek State Park (Columbiana County) - Twelve miles of hiking trails and 26 miles of bridle trails that border on the gorge of Little Beaver Creek, a state wild and scenic river.

Findley State Park (Lorain County) - Nine miles of hiking and mountain biking trails (including part of the Buckeye Trail) that run through portions of a scenic old-growth forest.

Mohican State Park-Mohican Memorial State Forest (Ashland/Richland counties) - Thirty-seven miles of hiking trails, including some multiple-use trails through rolling hills and the Clear Fork River Gorge - a National Natural Landmark.

Quail Hollow State Park (Stark County) - Eighteen miles of hiking trails, including a one-mile paved path, are a good place for beginning hikers.

Fowler Woods State Nature Preserve (Richland County) - Two hiking trails meander through this 148-acre preserve, one of the oldest in the state. Some trees here are 100 to 200 years old.

CENTRAL OHIO

Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve (Licking County) - Six trails of varying lengths cross this 970-acre preserve which lies on the Licking River Gorge. Bikes are allowed on a four-mile paved trail.

NORTHWEST

Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve (Hardin County) - More than 1,000 acres of natural wooded habitat with a one-mile trail that abounds with plant and animal life.

SOUTHEAST

Barkcamp State Park (Belmont County) - Thirty-four miles of hiking trails and 30 miles of bridle trails pass through one of the most biologically diverse forests in Ohio. The park's less-frequented trails are great for beginners.

Salt Fork State Park (Guernsey County) - Fourteen miles of hiking trails and 20 miles of bridle trails that circle a 3,000-acre lake.

Burr Oak State Park (Morgan County) - Extensive hiking on back woodland trails and across beautiful rolling hills.

Lake Hope State Park and Zaleski State Forest (Vinton County) - Seventeen miles of hiking trails and four miles of mountain bike trails in the park alone. A 23-mile backpack trail winds through the forest in one of the most picturesque parts of Ohio. Along the way, hikers can visit Native American sites, the legendary Moonville tunnel and some of the best wild turkey and white-tailed deer habitat in the state.

Great Seal State Park (Ross County) - Twenty-two miles of hiking trails and 17 miles of bridle and mountain bike trails that run along the Appalachian escarpment.

Scioto Trail State Park and State Forest (Ross County) - Twelve miles of hiking trails along the Scioto River lie completely within the park; 26 miles of bridle and hiking trails lie within the forest. Abundant wildlife along the way.

Tar Hollow State Park and State Forest (Ross County) - Forty-six miles of hiking trails and 25 miles of bridle trails, as well as 2.5 miles of mountain bike trails pass through deep ravines and dense woodlands of the park and forest. Portions of the Logan and Buckeye trails pass through the forest.

Hocking Hills State Park and State Forest (Hocking County) - Twenty-four miles of hiking trails lie within the park and nine miles of hiking and bridle trails lie within the forest in an area famous for its rock formations, waterfalls, caves and beautiful natural scenery. Portions of the Buckeye Trail pass through the state forest that also has designated repelling and rock-climbing areas.

Shawnee State Park and State Forest (Scioto County) - A 60-mile backpacking trail winds through the largest state forest in Ohio. Some hiking trails remain closed from last winter's ice storm. Visitors are encouraged to check with the park office before beginning any hike.

SOUTHWEST

East Fork State Park (Clermont County) - Eighty-five miles of hiking trails, 55 miles of bridle trails and 46 miles of backpack trails, as well as five miles of mountain bike trails, make this one of the most popular parks in southwest Ohio. Portions of the Buckeye, North Country andNational Scenic trails cut through this park which lies on the east fork of the Little Miami River.

Caesar Creek State Park (Warren County) - Forty-three miles of hiking trails and 31 miles of bridle trails, as well as five miles of mountain bike trails through forests and around a 2,800-acre lake. The park is one of the best fossil-hunting areas in the state.

Hueston Woods State Park (Preble County) - Twelve miles of hiking trails, 10 miles of bridle trails and 12 miles of mountain bike trails run through an old-growth maple forest. The park also features a resort lodge and lake.

John Bryan State Park and Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve (Greene County) - Hikers can travel between the villages of Clifton and Yellow Springs along the scenic Little Miami River Gorge and visit historic overlooks along the way.

Kiser Lake State Park (Champaign County) - Four miles of easy trails make this out-of-the-way park ideal for beginning hikers. Trails lead through rolling woodlands and diverse wetlands.

Indian Lake State Park (Logan County) - Seven miles of hiking trails wind along a 5,800-acre lake. Three miles of trailway are paved for cyclists and rollerbladers.

For more information on hiking and riding in Ohio's state parks, state forests and state nature preserves, visit ohiodnr.com .

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For additional news online, check out the ODNR Press Room at Ohiodnr.com
For Further Information Contact:
Jean Backs, Ohio State Parks
(614) 265-7077
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Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations
(614) 265-6860
 

 

 

 

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