My Favorite Hiking Places in Ohio

Last evening I was seated at our monthly community dinner between Ronnie and another woman who had grown up in Hillsboro, Ohio. She was surprised that I had even heard of HIllsboro. That got us talking about how beautiful southeastern Ohio is. From there we got to our favorite hiking places. One we both know and love is Ft. Hill.

Ft. Hill is officially called Fort Hill State Memorial. It is one of several pre-historic earthworks in Ohio, thus the “State Memorial” part. Ft. Ancient (much better known) is another of these massive earthworks. It seems well established that both were constructed by the Hopewell people who lived in Ohio between 100 BC and 500 AD. These “forts” are both massive hilltop enclosures (believed used for ceremonial purposes not military) constructed by carrying baskets of dirt to the top. The Ft. Ancient enclosure is much larger but the climb to the top at Ft Hill takes some effort. It makes you appreciate how difficult and long lasting the building process must have  been.

The setting there is hilly, rugged and exceptionally beautiful. I don’t remember ever seeing anyone on the trails there, although occasionally there might be one or two cars in the parking area. Once out there walking, you are alone with nature. Here is a slideshow from a five mile hike around the Gorge Trail on April 14, 2011

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Ronnie and I walked there together a couple times in winter and here are some winter scenes from January, 2001

I will be posting more of my favorite hikes around Ohio (and other places). Ft. Hill is here on Google Maps:


3 thoughts on “My Favorite Hiking Places in Ohio

    • Thanks for the thought…I have many more to do and I will….forgot to mention the other post I made about hiking around the Caesar Creek Gorge….made a youtube video from a hike there last spring


  1. Jim, we didn’t know you were also such a gifted photographer. The pictures
    are wonderful! The Fort Hill pictures brought back special memories for us.
    We enjoyed the information about Clifton Gorge of the Little Miami and The John Bryan State Park. Soaring with the Wood Storks must have been a thrilling
    adventure. You offer such interesting facts via your photographs and the images
    your bring to mind through your writing. Thank you so much for sharing your work
    with us. Madeleine and John

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