Great Seal State Park

This week we are going to take advantage of the (relatively) cool temperatures (70's) and hit up Great Seal State Park.

Great Seal State Park is dedicated to the wilderness spirit of Ohio. The history of the Shawnee nation and Ohio's early statehood is centered in these rugged hills. Challenging trails through the 1,862-acre park take visitors to scenic vistas of distant ridgetops and the Scioto Valley below. These very hills are depicted on the Great Seal of the State of Ohio.

Great Seal is a beautiful park, with some steep rugged trails.  I want to do about 10 miles in the northern section of the park. I want to hike the Shawnee Trail south to Rocky Knob.  Then hit, Grouse Rock, Sand Hill, Bald Hill and Sugarloaf Mountain on the way back.  Overall, about 10 miles.

 

Trail Map: http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/parks/PDFs/parks/Maps/Great_Seal/greatsealtrailmap.pdf

 

Columbus Carpool Info:  We'll meet at Lowe's (3899 S High St, Columbus, OH) at 8:45 and leave no later than 9 AM.  Look for the dark blue Honda.  I'll have my HikeOhio sign up.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hill after hill ,not very many markings but still a nice hike. Nice to meet all of You !
    Thanks for leading the hike Mike

    1 · July 28, 2013

    • Mike

      And "Thanks" to Kyle for keeping us on trail.

      July 28, 2013

  • Lupe

    Nice to meet you all too!

    July 28, 2013

  • Mike

    One of my favorite parks. Challenging and scenic.

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are here but lost

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Plans changed need to hike

    July 27, 2013

  • Kathie H.

    Sorry to cancel.

    July 26, 2013

  • Vicky

    Change of plans for Sunday so I have to change my RSVP but wishing you all a glorious hike!

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry must cancel.

    July 26, 2013

  • Lupe

    I would like to come. Are you guys carpooling?

    July 25, 2013

    • Mike

      Yes. Lowe's (3899 S. High St. Columbus). Leave at 9 AM

      July 26, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Will there be time to take pictures along the way?

    July 25, 2013

    • Mike

      Yes. This is not a speed hike.

      July 26, 2013

  • john b.

    Is a leashed yorkie ok here? I live close to great seal and she comes with me often...

    July 23, 2013

    • Mike

      Dogs are OK.

      July 23, 2013

  • Nancy E.

    How would you rate the difficulty of this hike?

    July 22, 2013

    • Kathie H.

      It has some challenging hills but nothing outrageous. However, the trail is VERY poorly marked and the trail head was almost impossible to find. But it's a great hike once you find it. The trail is also shared with horses and mountain bikes so be on the lookout.

      July 23, 2013

  • Mehran

    I was there last week. It's a great place to hike U guys will like it.

    July 22, 2013

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