Clear Creek is a Columbus Metro Park in the foothills of the Hocking Hills. Beautiful scenery, challenging elevation and well kept trails. There are stunning rock formations as we are only 15 minutes north of Hocking Hills. Clear Creek is this little jewel that very few know of or go to as the focus is always on Hocking Hills. This metro park is often used as a training ground for much more strenuous hikes.
The hike will be about 13 or so miles with elevation and a brisk pace (around 3.5 mph). We will stop as necessary however this hike is meant to be more of a challenge. No dogs are allowed on the trails. We will start off on the Cemetery Ridge Trail and connect to the Chestnut Trail, Lake Trail then to the picnic area for lunch/snack. Our return is the Chestnut Trail to Cemetery Ridge for a short bit then on to the Fern Trail, Hemlock Trail and our return is the Creekside Meadows Trail to the parking area. Hemlock begins with elevation and at this point you may feel "the burn" as we will have hiked many other hills.
We will meet at the Creekside Meadows picinic area/parking lot at 10:00am ET. First lot on your left. There is a porta potty at this parking lot. Nice bathrooms (flush toilets) and a covered picnic area at the halfway point where we will have lunch/a snack.
The address is:
185 Clear Creek Road, Rockbridge, OH 43149 (northern Hocking & southern Fairfield counties)
Below is a link to the trail map:
There is a gas station at the corner of 33 when you turn into the park. It has a Subway sandwich shop inside as well as beer and other sundries. It is very clean and offers much if you need anything.
Please bring plenty of water and an extra pair of socks (just in case it rained the week before). Bring a smile, a laugh, and be ready for an awesome hike.
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