Caesar Creek Lake Perimeter Trail

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15.9 Miles 25.6 Kilometers


85%

Singletrack

767' 234 m

Ascent

-776' -237 m

Descent

932' 284 m

High

852' 260 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Unknown

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A nice, mostly wooded trail around the lake perimeter at Caesar Creek State Park.

Rich Muskopf

Overview

Fall hunting.
This is a mostly well-maintained trail that will take you over a dam, traverse a spillway, across a swinging bridge, and through a pioneer village. There are numerous, excellent views of the lake.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need To Know

Take the side trail before you cross the swinging bridge to see Horseshoe Falls. Watch for poison ivy between Pioneer Village and abandoned Lukens Rd.; that section gets overgrown.

Description

From the visitors center, follow Clarksville Rd. across the dam. Enter Flat Fork Recreation Area and follow the trail along the shoreline. You'll end up on the spillway. Cross the spillway and reenter the trail, which will take you to the top of the gorge. Follow this trail for a while and you'll cross the swinging bridge. After the bridge continue on the trail, which will eventually dump you out by Wellman Meadows picnic ground. Cross the street to reenter the trail and follow until you reach Pioneer Village. Follow the circle gravel driveway around to reenter the trail across the main road. You'll be dropped onto an abandoned road, which you follow until just before you end up in the lake. Follow this trail until you cross the bridge at Crawdad Falls. After the falls, you'll enter the Fifty Springs camp area.

You'll exit the Fifty Springs area and cross over the Route 73 bridge. It is usually pretty busy with traffic moving at high speed. However, the shoulder is very wide, so the only concern you should have is roadkill. Once you are on the other side of the bridge, you'll need to hop the guardrail to get back on the trail. Look for the painted markings and streamers.

After you have re-entered the trail, you'll follow it to the Furnas Shores boat ramp. Take the ramp up to the main access road. The trail re-enters the woods across the road from the restroom.

The remaining trail is rolling and takes you into several valleys and along some sweepers above the lake shore. Travel across the parking lot for Hopewell Lodge and back into the woods. This section has some of the most technical trail of the hike. At one point you'll dump out onto another abandoned road; follow the arrows painted on the pavement. This is the home stretch and after a creek crossing, you'll be back at the visitors center. If you need to cool down and stretch, there is a nice overlook trail nearby.

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Land Manager: Ohio State Parks

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