Best places to hike in Northeast Ohio


Photo courtesy MCT Campus.

Aside from winters that seem to last more than half the year, Ohio has some great places to go hiking. So with the endless days of sleet and snow hopefully behind us we can finally head out and take advantage of the trails, some even local to Kent. With the variety of places to go in the Northeast Ohio area there is probably somewhere to suit the fancy of nearly any kind of hiker. Here are a few of the best.

Kent Bog 1028 Meloy Rd, Kent, Oh 44240

This boardwalk trail may be only half a mile long, but is located right here in Kent and is easy enough of a walk for beginning hikers or people just looking to enjoy nature without having to drive out to one of the larger parks. It features a Tamarack bog forest and also supports the largest stand of Tamarack trees in Ohio.

Buckeye Trail

This trail is 1,444 miles long and circles the whole of Ohio. It’s difficulty can range from easy to strenuous depending on the part of the trail you are on. It passes through many of the prettiest parts of the state including nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The only National park in the state, visitors can both hike and bike within its 51-square miles as well as visit any number of historical attractions.

Quail Hollow State Park 13480 Congress Lake Avenue, Hartville, Ohio 44632

This park features many trails that range from easy to moderately difficult. Aside from hiking you can do anything from fishing to camping and horseback riding. A portion of the buckeye trail also passes through the park.

Herrick Fen

Owned by both Kent State University and The Nature Conservancy, it’s about a mile and a half long and a pretty easy out-and-back hike. One plus is that like the Kent Bog it’s local. It doesn’t have the extra attractions of some parks but is definitely worth a visit.

What are your favorite places to go for a hike?