Zaleski State Forest Day Hike (9/26/2020)
This will be a fast-paced day-hike in Zaleski State Forest on the 10-mile loop trail.
Zaleski State Forest is the second-largest state forest in Ohio, located primarily in Vinton County, with areas in Athens County too. The forest is located in the rugged hills of the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau in Southern Ohio, with elevations ranging up to about 1100 feet above sea level.
Travel Time: Zaleski State Forest is about a 1.5 hour drive from the Columbus area. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we will not carpool. Please drive seperately and meet us at Hope Iron Furnace.
Meet Location: Hope Iron Furnace parking lot (Ohio S.R. 278). There is also a parking lot across the street from the furnace. Park in either one.
Trip Leader(s): Mary Ellen O’Shaughnessy
Total Hiking Distance: 11.5 miles
Hiking Difficulty: Advanced. Fast-paced hiking experience is required.
Hiking Time: 6 hours (includes lunch)
What to Wear: Dress for the weather. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended.
Bring: Pack your own lunch and water.
COVID-19 Safety: The size of the hiking group will be capped at 10 people, and we will remain physically-distanced from one another. Bring a face mask.