OHIO backpacking

9:14 p.m. on November 8, 2009 (EST)
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My wife and I are looking at moving to the Cincinnati (spelling)/Dayton area next summer. I like to backpack... Does anyone have suggestions on backpacking (not dayhiking) trails within 1-3 hours? I have seen some in Wayne National Forest. Are they "Good Trails"? does anyone have any good loops in Mammoth Cave NP? are there any good backpacking groups that do regular trips year round in the cinci area?

8:49 a.m. on November 9, 2009 (EST)
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I have a book called Backpacking Loops in Southern Ohio. It's 20years old and I don't know if it has been updated or even still in print. But you might look for it on the web.

I haven't given this site a thorough look-see, but check it out: http://www.backpackohio.com/

There is a lot of good backpacking in S. OH -- the Buckeye Trail goes through the area, for starters. Then there is the Red River Gorge, not far from Cincy, over in KY. And WV is not all that far, with thousands of miles of trails -- check out Alan DeHart's book on WV trails.

Day hikes and car camping opportunities abound, and are not to be sneezed at. The Hocking Hills/Old Man's Cave area is splendid in this regard. Don't overlook that kind of thing.

My goodness, this brings back years of pleasant memories, going back to my Scout years in the 60s, on up to when I moved to NC in the 90s -- I had a great time in the outdoors in S. OH.

3:20 p.m. on November 9, 2009 (EST)
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Being as i was raised in Columbus Ohio the Hocking hills area is were i got my start in "backpacking".Granted you dont go very far before seeing homes or roads it is still a very nice area.Not what i would call a wilderness experiance but still fun.Moved to Portland Oregon in 1972 and have never looked back.Iam shure the internet will give you all the info you need but you will have to leave the state to get into top notch areas if you are looking for "backpacking".ymmv

2:00 a.m. on November 23, 2009 (EST)
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there are a few places arround with in a few hours there's shawnee trail 91mi loop kinda like a little smokies with some good ups and downs also Red river gorge in KY lots of trails there including a section of the sheltowee trace thats about 300 miles i think but dont hold me to that one here is a site for more info http://www.sheltoweetrace.com/ as for hiking clubs try cincinnati backpackers meetup or northern ohio backpackers club or try state hiking club here is some more sites

http://www.tristatehikingclub.com/

http://www.meetup.com/CincinnatiBackpackers/

good luck

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11:55 a.m. on November 23, 2009 (EST)
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You said "Ohio", but if you include the neighboring states that fall within the 3 hour radius, (such as western PA), you will find a fair number of backpacking opportunities. You can get into that "furrin" country to the north by stretching the time a little.

There is an annual bike ride in Ohio (Columbus to the Ohio River and return over 2 days), TOSRV (Tour of the Scioto River Valley) that isn't exactly backpacking, but great companionship and you sleep in a high school gym.

Oh, was that 3 hours on holidays and rush hours?

2:59 p.m. on February 4, 2010 (EST)
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I've been on overnighters in Wayne NF. The trails aren't clearly marked, so make sure you have a map. Archer's Fork Trail is decent, but there aren't a whole lot of spaces to plop down a tent.

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