The Ohio State Park System offers more than 1,000 miles of diverse, managed trails to explore, from the hills of Appalachia, the river gorges of southern Ohio, the prairies of western Ohio and the coastline of Lake Erie.
Ohio also offers unique water trail opportunities to earn blue miles, whether participants choose to paddle, boat or fish Lake Erie, the Ohio River, Ohio’s 600 inland lakes and 60,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways.
Visitors can enjoy approximately more than 440 multi-use trails for hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding.
Wheelchair accessible paved trails or boardwalks are available at Adams Lake, Mt. Gilead, Barkcamp, Ash Cave and Conkles Hollow in Hocking Hills, Quail Hollow, Lawrence Woods, Kiser Lake Wetlands and Maumee Bay.
The Buckeye Trail is the longest in the state of Ohio, at more than 1,400 miles. It loops through the state of Ohio and passes through 22 state parks, forests, nature preserves and wildlife areas. Marked by blue blazes, the Buckeye Trail is a part of the North Country Trail, the longest National Scenic Trail in the country.
1. Magee Marsh carries the title of the “Best Birdwatching Spot” in America. The area attracts large numbers of more than 300 species of migrating North American songbirds.
Hocking Hills State Park is the most popular park in Ohio, attracting national and international attention for its beautiful waterfalls and caves.
Mohican State Park offers Ohio’s longest singletrack for mountain biking at 25.5 miles.
The Little Miami Scenic River Trail is a 50-mile, family-friendly trail that offers a scenic ride. The river is also a kayak and canoe destination, running 111 miles through southwest Ohio.
Known as the “Walleye Capital of the World,” Lake Erie is one of the best trophy fish destinations in the United States, offering walleye and other species such as yellow perch and smallmouth bass
Hunt for fossils at several state and local parks including Caesar Creek State Park, Cowan Lake State Park, East Fork State Park, Hueston Woods State Park, Oakes Quarry Park, Stonelick State Park and Trammel Fossil Park. Ohio’s state fossil, the trilobite, along with other marine invertebrates, are plentiful throughout the state, which was once covered by an ancient sea.
Mary Jane Thurston State Park features parts of Oak Openings, a globally rare ecosystem.
Visit Great Seal State Park to see the view that inspired the Great Seal of the State of Ohio, from which the park gets its name.
Paddle or boat through the Muskingum River Lock and Dam System. Constructed in 1841, it is the last remaining hand-operated lock system in the United States. The system has been designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, an honor shared by the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam and the Empire State Building.
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is located on South Bass Island. The 352-foot monument honors those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
The Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve is home to the only natural United States population of the federally threatened Lakeside daisy.
Malabar Farm State Park was the home of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and conservationist, Louis Bromfield. The famous Hollywood couple, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who were friends of Bromfield, were married at the Big House at Malabar Farm and spent their wedding night there.