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Orange Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.7 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An awesome trail that encompasses the entirety of Possum Creek.


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4.3

Miles

6.8

KM

Loop

892' 272 m

High

794' 242 m

Low

166' 51 m

Up

166' 50 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Although a little longer than the other trails in the park, the Orange Trail could be used as a half-day or all-day adventure for the whole family.

Dogs are not permitted on the farm.
Hours:
April 1 - October 31: 8am - 10pm
November 1 - March 31: 8am - 8pm

Overview

Adults and children alike will love exploring the blend of nature, history, and community at Possum Creek. Hike together in one of Ohio’s best examples of a tallgrass prairie. It’s hard to imagine that this home for butterflies and bluebirds was once degraded farmland. Argonne Lake’s open vistas of woodlands and wildlife provide the perfect setting for fishing for catfish, bass, or trout. Youngsters will love visiting the farm to see the barnyard animals and learn about the food we eat. Camp overnight or picnic with family and friends. Discover remnants of the past along the Argonne Forest Trail. Come back often to enjoy the seasonal changes and make outdoor memories that will last a lifetime.

Description

This is a longer, 4.3 mile trail that lets hikers get a taste of everything that Possum Creek has to offer. Making a loop all throughout the park, the Orange Trail allows visitors the ability to see the remnants of an old amusement park in historical Argonne Forest, fishing ponds, Argonne Lake, and three very different prairies. The trail intersects and follows the Purple, Pink, Blue, Green, and Red trails, allowing visitors to explore other features of the park. The trail is relatively flat, but does have a fair bit of up and down along the way, though nothing lasting over a couple of minutes.

Flora & Fauna

As the trail highlights almost all of possum creek with large prairie and wooded sections, visitors may see many wildflowers and birds, as well as squirrels and rabbits.

History & Background

Argonne Forest contains remnants of an amusement park from the 1930's and 1940's. It was created by Null Hodapp and named in honor of the 322nd Field Artillery Unit that fought in the Argonne Forest in France during World War I. Argonne Forest Park was a popular hangout with a swimming pool, shooting range, baseball diamond, dance hall, auto racetrack, and cabins. Stop at the marked sites along the way to discover remnants of this park.

Contacts

Land Manager: Five Rivers MetroParks

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Five Rivers MetroParks

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Photos

This is one of the prairies on the trail that provides a unique peek into a more crowded prairie with surrounding forest and wetland area, providing unique habitat for native animal species.
May 2, 2017 near Moraine, OH
In between the top two fishing ponds on the Orange Trail. Good spot for some waterfowl or lurking Kingfishers, as well as an excellent fishing spot!
May 2, 2017 near Moraine, OH
Looking at the Kaylor Family Cemetery where one of the headstones is visible.
May 2, 2017 near Moraine, OH
A cement dock on the Blue Trail looking over Argonne Lake and towards the prairie on the Orange Trail.
May 2, 2017 near Moraine, OH
A peek at a trail marker as the trail winds around the bottom of the fishing ponds and heads toward the hidden prairies behind the ponds. Note: Good fishing spot here on the picnic tables
May 2, 2017 near Moraine, OH
Really nice old stonework in a bridge on Purple Trail.
May 2, 2017 near Drexel, OH

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