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Green-Red-Blue Trail Loop

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Length

3.0 Miles 4.8 Kilometers


Elevation

319' 97 m

Ascent

-316' -96 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

906' 276 m

High

610' 186 m

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Enjoy a delightful hike through various terrain and natural surroundings.

Mike Pyles

Overview

This area is closed at times during Ohio deer season and when weather creates dangerous conditions.
This hike features a variety of terrain and settings including a large meadow with wildflowers in season, a pristine forest, a nice pond, and a valley with a creek and small waterfall.

It is also a transition from the normal sounds of the area that slowly diminish until about halfway through this hike when the only sounds come from your natural surroundings, especially from the pond on the Red Trail at the top of the ridge and all the way down the Blue Trail along the creek. Maps are posted prominently at each intersection.

The first section of the hike along Green Trail is uphill; the middle section along the Red Trail is mostly level; the final leg along the Blue Trail is downhill.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: Trails are wide and well-maintained with benches along the way. There are two ponds for fishing, plus a creek for splashing. The park also has shelters, picnic tables, and level ground for play.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

There are two parking areas. One is at the Devola Multi-Use Trail on State Route 821. Cross a bridge and mowed field to the Green Trail. The other parking area is at the main entrance, just past the Devola Trail entrance, also on State Route 821. From this parking area, follow the path past the shelter and maintenance building along the base of the hill to the Green Trail.

Description

From the parking areas, go across the meadow or along the base of the hill to the Green Trail. Hike about 200 feet up a rather steep gravel road through the woods to a level section of the meadow to a shelter and fire ring. Bear left through the meadow along the edge of the woods up the hill to a bench. Bear left through the woods on the packed surface of the Green Trail to the ridge where you'll bear right on the Red Trail.

Follow this fairly level section of the trail along the ridge past the Cyan Trail (connector) until a steep grassy descent takes you to the pond. Hike around the pond a short ways through the woods. Bear right into the valley along the Blue Trail, which goes along, over, and through a creek.

The top third of the descent is somewhat steep but levels out soon. Notice several boulders and rock outcroppings on both sides of the trail. The only sounds you'll hear from the pond to the lower end of the Blue Trail are the sounds of the woods. You'll see several connector trails (Cyan, White, Orange Trail) and a loop (Purple Trail) along the way.

The Blue Trail can be wet or muddy in places. There are sections that cross or go through the creek, which can be slippery but not difficult to navigate. At the end of the trail, pass a dry dam through a gate past commercial buildings before bearing right to the parking areas and park shelter, which may or may not be available as it is often rented by families and groups.

Maps are posted prominently at each intersection in case you need them, or you can bring the Hiking Project mobile app to keep you on course.

History & Background

Two small Hopewell/Adena-era mounds are located along this loop.

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