Day Hiking

Day Hiking Resources

Opportunities for day hiking exist throughout the Buckeye State. Even some of the backpack trails listed on this site can be completed as day hikes by fit hikers. Many, too, offer loops or cutoff trails that allow for sections of the trail to be competed as a day hike.

Our friends over at have gone to great lengths to compile county-by-county listings of public places to hike. On their site, look along the top menu and select a region of the state, then select a county name for a list of hiking destinations in that county. Bob & Deb Platt, the creators of, are a hiking and blogging team who also frequently post trip reports on their site highlighting their many hiking excursions around the state.

ODNR Division of Ohio State Parks has compiled a list of state parks with hiking trails. Clicking on a park name will take you to a page highlighting the trails within the selected park. Trail names and mileage are included. ODNR’s interactive map of state park locations is useful for finding parks in your area of interest. While on ODNR’s site, you may also wish to view their interactive map of state nature preserves. The preserves included on the map can be visited without a permit.

Think about hitting the trail in the Hocking Hills? Then you might be interested in this comprehensive guide to hiking trails in the Hills compiled by Nature’s Pointe Cabins. The guide is made available to not just their overnight guests, but to all area visitors interested in exploring the trails of this beautiful area. We’re pretty sure you’ll be surprised by the amount of hiking available in the Hocking Hills beyond the main attractions of Hocking Hills State Park.


You may find broader scale sites like or useful in your search for places to hike. Of the two, AllTrails seems to have more involvement from the hiking community in terms of user reviews and photos.

If you have questions or need recommendations, we encourage you to become involved in our Facebook group.

Happy hiking!

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