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We went backpacking at Zaleski based on some reviews we read. (unfortunately we only found the positive ones before we went there and then found the negative ones afterward.) We wondered why all of the YouTube videos didn't show much and they were either in...More
We use Zalenski for hiking and you have a couple trails to choose from. The lake trail is about 3 miles each was (put and back) and offers nice views of the lake. There is also an 11 mile trail for those who have 4-5...More
Great area! I’ve been to Hocking Hills (cascade, ash, old mans, rock bridge etc) several times but new to Zalesaki. Checked out the Hope Lake campground and did a short day hike into site 1 on the backpack loop. Pretty easy trip in and back...More
There used to be a bridge over the bog, but now the trail head is south of the parking lot - there's a huge sign. There are two loops of the back packing trail, one longer, with an access road adjacent. There are four inch...More
This is my third trip to Zaleski this season, doing the north loop again. I took the western route of the loop up (therefore a clockwise direction), completed its northeastern loop (that starts/ends at camp 3), and returned to the registration area by the more...More
Zaleski will test your mountain-goat hiking skills, especially if you are from the flatlands of Ohio like I am. With over 20,000 acres and miles of well-marked and maintained trails, you really can't go wrong. There is wilderness camping available off trails as well as...More
Been doing some solo backpacking trips and had zaleski on my radar for a few months. Started at the new trailhead by the hope schoolhouse (which added 1.9 miles) and made it to camp 3 by late afternoon, traveling counter clockwise. I am not an...More
I have hiked many locations in central and southern/southeastern Ohio. They are a lot the same difficulty, since the hills are similar heights, probably due to their common glacial origin (could be wrong about that). The way... More
I have hiked many locations in central and southern/southeastern Ohio. They are a lot the same difficulty, since the hills are similar heights, probably due to their common glacial origin (could be wrong about that). The way to guarantee a fairly flat hike is a rail-to-trail, since railroads could only take a very gentle grade. There are several in Ohio. Athens has one, for instance. But Zaleski and the other Ohio parks are not really considered hard. The south loop has only 3 climbs worth mentioning, each about 300 feet.