Hockhocking Adena Bikeway biker (photo by Joel Prince)

Hike & Bike: 25 Great Trails

Embrace the outdoors this season with these can’t-miss day hikes and bicycle rides. 

There are very few problems that a long walk in the woods won’t make at least a little bit better. The same goes for a long bicycle ride on a smooth and flat trail — past wetlands and woodlands, marshes and rivers — as you follow the same routes Ohio’s historic rail lines and canal boats once did. We’ve assembled a hiking and biking guide to 25 great trails across the state of Ohio. Whether you want to visit one of the most beautiful spots in Cuyahoga Valley National Park or hit a trail that touches a trio of Hocking Hills State Park’s most famous sites, pedal from Athens to Nelsonville on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway or ride through the heart of Columbus, we have ideas that’ll help you cover more miles this summer — on foot or behind the handlebars. 

Ritchie Ledges sunset
NORTHEAST OHIO: Hike one of the most photogenic spots in the Cuyahoga Valley, try three trails at Mohican State Park and pedal a portion of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Read More

Edge of Appalachia Preserve System Portman Trail overlook (photo by Randall Schieber)
SOUTHWEST OHIO: Explore Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, hike the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System and ride a portion of the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Read More 

Olentangy Trail (courtesy of Experience Columbus)
CENTRAL OHIO: Hike the Darby Creek Greenway Trail, try three trails at Highbanks Metro Park in Lewis Center and ride through Columbus along the Olentangy Trail. Read More

Oak Openings Fern Forest
NORTHWEST OHIO: Explore Oak Openings in Swanton, hike the shoreline habitat of East Harbor State Park and ride a stretch of the Wabash Cannonball Trail. Read More 

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway bikers (photo courtesy of Athens CVB)
SOUTHEAST OHIO: Tackle the trail that visits Hocking Hills State Park’s most famous sites, try three hikes in Wayne National Forest and ride the Adena Hockhocking Bikeway. Read More

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