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Go Take a Hike! – US Edition

Jun 22, 2021 | This & That

Over the course of the “Go Take a Hike!” blog series we’ve been highlighting hikes and green spaces near our camp locations.  While there are so many amazing spots to check out near Tim Horton Camp Kentahten…we don’t have any campers that live close to there, so we thought we’d highlight some awesome hikes in Ohio and New York.  There’s no end to great options to get out in nature, here’s a few to check out if you’re in the area.

Ohio

Rocks and Roots North Loop

Difficulty:
Moderate    

Length: 6.7 mi

Time: 2 h 41 m

Located just north of Columbus is Rock and Roots Trail, with the North Loop near Lewis Center. This is a moderate-skill trail that is also popular for runners looking for challenging terrain and changes in elevation, and also popular for dog walking, bird watching and fishing. This six-mile hike offers great views of the forest and a lake.

A view of the Rocks and Roots North Loop

Caesar Creek State Park – Perimeter Trail

Difficulty:
Moderate    

Length: 12.4 mi

Time: 5 hours

The 1,444-mile Buckeye Trail runs throughout Ohio, and a wonderful section of it is close to Columbus running through Caesar Creek State Park. The Buckeye Trail overlaps the Perimeter Trail which is the longest and most ambitious of these trails, with unpaved terrain crossing a damn, swinging bridge, and past a pioneer village. Be sure to be mindful of the uneven ground and stick to the path to avoid any poison ivy.

Suspension bridge at Caesar State Park

Caesar Creek State Park – Horseshoe Falls

Difficulty:
Easy

Length: 1.7 mi

Time: 45 minutes

If you’re looking for a shorter hike with just as stunning views, the Horseshoe Falls trail in Caesar Creek Park provides just that. An easier trail overall, this is an out and back hike, meaning you will get to take in its beauty for twice as long. With beautiful river and waterfall views it is sure to become a favourite.

Horseshoe Falls at Caesar State Park

Dripping Rock Trail

Difficulty:
Easy

Length: 2.6 mi

Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Located in the Highbanks Metro Park this trail is one of several popular ones. Enjoy an easy hike over even terrain with fantastic nature views. Or combine this trail with the Overlook for a slightly longer (5.8 miles, 2.5 hours) adventure and take a stop at the Overlook deck for views of the Olentangy River.

A view of Dripping Rock Trail

Meadow Loop Trail

Difficulty:
Easy

Length: 0.6 mi

Time: <40 minutes

Following the yellow markers throughout the Wildwood Metropark near Toledo will take you along the Meadow Loop. This short trail is a beautifully distinct hike with an abundance of bluestem grass, sweet fern, and dogwood. Wildlife can often be seen at the edges of the meadow.

New York

Tifft Nature Preserve

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Length: choose your own adventure!

Time: up to you!

Just 5 minutes from downtown Buffalo Tifft Nature Preserve hosts so many hiking options we couldn’t pick just one! Formerly a landfill this park is an example of the power of nature with its wetlands and forests spanning 264-acres. There are ample opportunities for hikes, including boardwalks and traditional hiking trails, and even designated spots for fishing in Lake Kirsty.

The boardwalk at Tifft Nature Preserve

Edge Cliff Loop

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 4 mi

Time: Unsure

Near Syracuse, the Edgecliff Loop is a great chance to enjoy a natural trail. Good for all skill levels, the trial offers plenty of opportunity to check out forest views and wildlife in their natural habitat! With plenty of picture perfect views you’ll surely enjoy the nature break!

A view of Edge Cliff Loop

Tryon Park Loop

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 2.7 mi

Time: <1 hour

Close to Rochester, New York, the Tryon Park Loop is an easy trail that features beautiful wild flowers throughout. A favourite of dog walkers, bring your own pup (on a leash) or keep an eye out for some furry friends as you go! Just don’t forget to ask before you pet!

A view of Tryon Park Loop

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