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Salt Run Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (32)

A hilly, beautiful trail.


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Map Key

3.4

Miles

5.4

KM

90%

Runnable

905' 276 m

High

716' 218 m

Low

466' 142 m

Up

474' 145 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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Runner Notes

Be careful on the steps. It's very easy to take one wrong step and trip, so don't hesitate to take your time going up or down.

Description

From the Pine Hollow parking lot, cross the top of the hill to find the trailhead, just inside the woods (look for a picnic table and trail sign). You can then go right or left to follow this incredible loop. There is a shortcut option available.

This trail boasts quite a few large, steep hills and uneven steps, making it a good challenge for trail runners and hikers alike. it is not suited to small children or folks with mobility issues (head to Lake Trail!). You'll also pass through some lower areas that are thick with lush foliage and, in the spring, tons of skunk cabbage.

Along the southern stretch of the trail, keep your eyes open for White Oak Spring, a naturally occurring spring at the base of a white oak tree. You'll also run along a few watery areas, so be prepared to get wet.

Flora & Fauna

You'll see lots of towering trees along here and lots of skunk cabbage in the spring. Trees along the trail include some excellent examples of White Oaks and a gorgeous Hemlock Grove. The herbaceous layer contains Christmas and Sensitive Ferns. Smartweed, Wingstem and Snake Root bloom in mid August and early September along the trail.

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  4.5 from 32 votes

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Photos

One of the gorgeous, challenging stretches of Salt Run. Photo by NPS/DJ Reiser
Apr 20, 2016 near Peninsula, OH
Wingstem blooming in late August
Sep 4, 2017 near Peninsula, OH
Lady' Thumbs blooming in mid August
Aug 13, 2017 near Peninsula, OH
White Snakeroot blooming in early September.
Sep 4, 2017 near Peninsula, OH
You'll walk across this field/hill to reach the start of the trail. Photo: NPS DJ Reiser
Apr 20, 2016 near Peninsula, OH

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Dec 6, 2020
Sam Bellestri
3.4mi
Jul 28, 2019
John Whitney
3.4mi — 42h 18m
May 22, 2017
Adam Crighton
Tough for a beginner such as myself yet a beautiful trail that makes all the hills worth it' 3.4mi
May 16, 2017
Ashley Holt
Forrest, hills, stairs, a few mud holes. it looks like people are running on a trail next to it 3.4mi
Mar 16, 2017
Jessica Kuczmarski
Short Loop 2mi
Mar 12, 2017
EMILIA SANTOS
Amazing Trail! A more technical trail for a beginner like me, but the scenery makes the suffering a little easier. 2.8mi — 0h 57m
Feb 20, 2017
Patrick Barrett
3.4mi
Sep 1, 2016
Mark Sabino
With zoey 3.9mi