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Orange Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.5 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great trail on the margins of Twin Creek.


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Map Key

6.2

Miles

9.9

KM

Loop

850' 259 m

High

689' 210 m

Low

567' 173 m

Up

566' 173 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views

Family Friendly Lots of variety and the ability to cut the route down to as short as 1.1 miles, making it easy to customize the length of your hike.

Overview

A loop route with great flat spaces, creek crossings, some logs to cross, and a few good scrambles up ravine edges. On this hike, visitors will have the chance to enjoy almost all of the terrain available in the area!

Need to Know

Make sure to stop in town for dinner at the Mudlick Tap Room.

Description

This hike uses the outside loop of the High View Trailhead Access (can also access from the south). You can choose to bail out on several trails that intersect this outside loop and create your own shorter route, or at the south trailhead continue south to add another three or so miles to the journey.

If you are very adventurous, make the loop and continue north to connect with up to 26 miles of trails. The trail is mostly wide enough for two and sometimes three, but in places it goes back down to singletrack (especially in the ravines) where it almost becomes a scramble.

Along the way, you'll see multiple trees down with amazing displays of shelf fungus, small fish, and crayfish in the streams and the occasional deer on the margins (several field margins are viewed). Plus with the abundance of conifers (eastern red cedars dot the area) there are plenty of small birds flitting to and fro.

Near the south of the trail, you have the opportunity to see the remains of the mound builders work, the trail bisects those earthworks twice and you have a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with man-made earthworks that have been around for thousands of years.

Flora & Fauna

Multiple hardwood species including oak, hickory, birch, sycamore will shade your way. Softwoods including eastern red cedar and what appeared to be eastern hemlock can also be seen. Deer, crayfish, and birds are all in abundance.

History & Background

This trail crosses an NPS listed property, the Carlisle Fort made by the Hopewell Native Americans. Much is still visible in the woods during winter, and during the summertime I would imagine that it would become difficult if not impossible to see the trail when the undergrowth is in bloom.

Contacts

Local Club: Dayton Hikers

Land Manager: Five Rivers MetroParks

Shared By:

Chris Davis

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 6 votes

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Photos

Enjoy this view of Twin Creek along the Orange Trail.
Feb 2, 2017 near Germantown, OH
Experience Hopewell Indian earthworks in Twin Creek Metro Park.
Feb 2, 2017 near Carlisle, OH
Cross this creek along the Orange Trail in Twin Creek Metro Park.
Feb 2, 2017 near Carlisle, OH
Enjoy awesome color on these Turkey Tail fungus in the middle of winter!
Feb 27, 2017 near Germantown, OH
Enjoy the opportunity for a little kite flying at the Twin Creek High View Shelter.
Mar 16, 2017 near Germantown, OH

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Jul 19, 2020
Brady Blue
6.2mi — 2h 30m
Feb 2, 2020
Kim Taylor
Muddy in some parts but overall passable. 800 ft elevation 6.3mi — 2h 13m
Apr 22, 2019
Chris Davis
Messy but great
May 21, 2018
Kelley R
May 1, 2018
Harold Watson
Jan 27, 2018
Brian Sefferino
Took a group of scouts for our first Philmont practice hike. It rained all day and was super muddy. I needed trekking poles, but didn't bring them.… 6.2mi
Dec 16, 2017
Alicia Auhagen
Jul 8, 2017
Caitlyn Mullins
8.1mi