Ohio State Parks offer more than 1,000 miles of trails that come in all lengths and levels of difficulty, and pass through all sorts of terrain. A number of state park trails (see the complete Ohio list) weave in and out of the park into adjacent state forests or nature preserves, while some mesh with major trails systems such as the Buckeye Trail or North Country Scenic Trail.
Portions of Burr Oak’s 18-mile Backpack Trail mesh with the Buckeye Trail. Parking and the trailhead are located at the park office. Camping is available in the family campground. Registration and payment of the regular camping fee are required.
Caesar Creek offers a 14-mile backpack trail skirting the southeast corner of the lake. Parking and the trailhead are located at the Furnas Boat Ramp. Camping is available in the group camp area. A free permit is required.
East Fork offers 46 miles of backcountry trail including the 14-mile Backpack Trail and 32-mile Perimeter Trail. Parking and the trailhead are located at the south access parking lot near the park entrance. Access and parking on the north side of the Perimeter Trail are available at the campground visitor parking lot. Backcountry camping is free and available by permit only at four designated areas along the backpacking and perimeter trails. Adironack shelters are available at camping areas 1 and 2.
Follow the red blazes along Tar Hollow’s 21-mile Logan Backpack Trail. Parking and the trailhead are located near the dam spillway at Pine Lake. Organized groups can camp by reservation in the group area. Camping for backpackers is also available at the Logan Hollow campground. Registration and payment of the regular camping fee are required. A backpack camp at the fire tower on south loop is available by reservation through the ODNR Division of Forestry.
Shawnee State Forest and Zaleski State Forest offer lengthy backpacking trails with primitive backcountry campsites. The Wayne National Forest also offers backpacking and allows backcountry camping off the trail.