Two Great Ohio Hiking Spots

Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve Image: naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov
Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve
Image: naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov

 

For more than two and a half decades, Becky Catino led Mason, Ohio’s Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp. as president. She is currently chair of the Cincinnati chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and has previously served on the Ursuline Academy board of trustees. In her leisure time, Becky Catino is an avid hiker.

Ohio’s hiking trails are some of the best kept secrets in the United States. For those looking to check out what the Buckeye State has to offer, listed below are two great trails to consider on a visit.

The Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve is home to a mile-and-a-quarter boardwalk trail that extends throughout the length of the bog and into the forest’s dirt trails. This is one of the most picturesque examples of a bog ecosystem, ripe with lily pads and other associated flora and fauna. There are plenty of knowledgeable park staff members and informational guides on hand to educate guests on the importance of bogs as well. Don’t forget the bug spray, though! Bogs naturally attract insects.

The loop trail spanning between Old Man’s Cave and Cedar Falls is but one among many impressive hikes to be had at Hocking Hills State Park. Waterfalls, small caves and other natural features are in steady supply on this trail, which runs about six miles in length. Blue posts mark the Buckeye Trail, while red posts lead you along the Gorge Overlook Trail, which heads up to Rose Lake and then to Old Man’s Cave.

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