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Oak Ridge Trail

Intermediate
 3.0 (1)

Not a blow your mind run, but a very pleasant run in the woods.


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2.2

Miles

3.6

KM

95%

Runnable

888' 271 m

High

710' 216 m

Low

204' 62 m

Up

202' 62 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife

Ohio does not allow physical geocaches in state nature preserves so if that is a hobby, you won't find one here.

Runner Notes

Probably not a trail runner's dream (not long enough).

Description

Oak Ridge Trail is a very well-maintained trail. It is not long, at about three miles if you include the High Meadow Spur Trail as well. The initial part of the trail is actually mowed grass but then you get into the woods proper. The trail ascends to a peak, winding through typical Ohio hardwoods, with several small creek crossings. Bridges are in place for the larger crossings, and those without bridges are basically a step across.

At the peak is, thoughtfully, a bench to rest from the climb or just to sit and enjoy the sounds of the forest. This is also where the High Meadow Spur Trail branches off. I'm sure it was actually a meadow at some point, but now the forest is reclaiming it. The remainder of the trail is downhill back to the parking area.

As the trail bottoms out for the last stretch to the lot, to the right is an unmarked spur trail, which is fairly obvious. This leads a short distance to what is known as the 'beaver pond,' although it is usually just a swampy mess, and I've never seen a beaver there. All in all, the loop features about a 300' change in elevation over two miles. The distance stretches to three miles if you visit the High Meadow that once was.

Flora & Fauna

Typical Ohio hardwoods, a few pine here and there. I never run this without spooking at least a couple of deer.

Contacts

Land Manager: Ohio State Parks

Shared By:

Jeff Gandee

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Just woods right? Until you come across a mysterious iron pipe in the middle of them!
Apr 22, 2017 near Bartlett, OH
Jordan Run Creek meanders through the preserve.
Apr 22, 2017 near Bartlett, OH
A thoughtfully placed bench at the halfway point!
Apr 22, 2017 near Bartlett, OH

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