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Red Trail

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4.1 mile 6.6 kilometer loop
91% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 518' 158 m
Descent: -515' -157 m
High: 943' 287 m
Low: 601' 183 m

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Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)

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A grand tour around the perimeter of the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Area, mostly following the ridgeline.

Mike Pyles

Features Fall Colors · Wildlife

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The following directions are for running the Red Trail in a clockwise direction:

This is a fun trail with a mix of gravel, singletrack and doubletrack. From the main parking lot of the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area on SR 821, head left following a small gravel road. When the gravel road turns right, up the hill, continue straight following the faint grassy roadbed along the field. The road bed climbs a small grade crossing a paved driveway. Continue straight across the driveway and bear slightly right onto the 10-15ft wide grassy path.

Follow this wider path until it turns left (dropping to the Devola Multi-Use Trail). Stay to the right, instead of dropping down the hill. At this point, the trail turns to singletrack until intersecting Millgate Rd. Turn right on Millgate Rd and climb the hill to the ridge-top trailhead parking area. Continue straight up the hill through the parking area onto the doubletrack path. The first intersection will be the Green Trail on your right. The Red Trail continues straight.

Next, you'll pass an oil well site on the right and a short access trail to Deerwalk Circle on your left. The Red Trail continues straight. A short distance further, you'll reach the Cyan Trail on your right. Once again, the Red Trail continues straight after a steep descent, leading you along the edge of a pond. From there, the Blue Trail to the right drops into the valley. The Red Trail continues to the left.

Next, the trail empties out onto a gravel road that climbs the ridge line under the power line. On your left, the GW3 Trail descends through an open, grassy area down to a pond and picnic area. Just past the GW3 Trail on your left, you'll notice a tree-covered knob on the top of the hill. This is the site of a prehistoric burial mound.

From here, the trail follows the power line, later passing the Orange Trail (on your right) and the Yellow Trail (on your left) before entering a clearing at an oil well site. From here, the trail descends a steep, doubletrack road-cut before joining the Blue Trail at the rear of the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area parking, where you began.

Our thanks to Ryan Smith of Marietta Adventure Company for mapping this trail.

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Upper pond in Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area.
Jan 10, 2018 near Devola, OH
Red Trail in Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area at parking area on ridge above Pond Entrance and GWB Complex 3.
Jan 10, 2018 near Devola, OH
A beautiful fall hike!
Jul 26, 2018 near Devola, OH
Pond on the Red Trail on the ridge near the Blue Trail
Aug 17, 2017 near Devola, OH

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