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Trails

Alley Park - Lancaster, OH; several miles of interconnecting trails

Alum Creek State Park - north of Columbus, OH; 2.5 mile loop.

Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve - east of Newark, OH; 2 mile loop with 0.5 mile add on loop.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park - in Reynoldsburg, OH; 0.5 mile loop.

Clear Creek Metro Park - southeast of Lancaster, OH; multiple trails of various lengths.

Flint Ridge State Memorial - southeast of Newark, OH; a 1 mile loop trail and another trail.

Gahanna Woods State Nature Preserve - east of Gahanna, OH; 1 mile loop.

Glen Helen Nature Preserve - in Yellow Springs, OH; 20 miles of interconnected trails.

Great Seal State Park - north of Chillicothe, OH; multiple trails of various lengths.

Hocking Hills State Park - southeast of Lancaster, OH; multiple trails of various lengths.

Infirmary Mound Park - south of Granville, OH; multiple trails of various lengths.

Lobdell Reserve - north of Alexandria, OH; multiple trails of various lengths.

Rockbridge State Nature Preserve - southeast of Lancaster, OH; 3 miles with 1 mile side trail.

Shallenberger State Nature Preserve - northwest of Lancaster, OH; 2 mile loop with side paths.

Taft Reserve - southeast of Newark, OH; multiple trails of various lengths.

Tar Hollow State Forest - east of Chillicothe, OH; 23 mile loop trail with cut across. Short sections can be hiked out and back.

Three Creek Metro Park - southeast of Columbus, OH; two 1 mile nature trails.

Wildcat Hollow - southeast of Corning, OH; 13 mile backpack loop with 5 mile short version.

We have rated trails on a scale of 0 to 5 feet with 5 being the best. Any trail marked with a boot doesn't rate a zero and is really bad. Trails marked with a question mark have not been checked for barefoot suitability. Locations that do not have at least one trail rated as at least a one are not listed on this site. Ratings should only be considered as a rough guide. They are subjective and opinions vary.

Trail ratings are based on:

  • Barefoot friendly surfaces - how much of the trail consists of soft earth, hemlock and pine needles, sand, clay, rock outcroppings, natural stones and other foot friendly natural surfaces.

  • Barefoot hazards - how much of the trail contains crushed stone, thorns, poison ivy, or other hazards to bare feet.

  • Variety of surfaces - is it boring or does it keep your feet awake?

  • Variety of terrain - is it flat and straight or do you have to stay awake to hike it?

  • Aesthetics - naturalness, scenery, flora, fauna, etc.

Locations mentioned are generalized. Detailed location information for each trail is on its respective page. Trail lengths are estimated when there is no reliable published information.

 

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