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Author Topic: Miami Rivers Chapter Event Fort Ancient Area Hike  (Read 1949 times)
« on: April 25, 2012, 10:20:46 AM »

Near Fort Ancient State Historic site there are trails that can be combined into eight and ten mile loops.  Enjoy some of the nicest hiking within the Miami Rivers region as we'll have several steep hills to get the heart rate up, historic sites to visit, and the beautiful Little Miami River valley as our constant companion.

Starting from the parking lot we will head north on the Buckeye Trail for .7 miles, then duck into the woods on the white blazed side trail.  After winding back to the Buckeye Trail, we will then head south, and after a short distance will have the option to climb into Fort Ancient and add two miles, one steep hill, and two nice overlooks, to our day.  Otherwise those wanting to do eight miles can keep heading south on the Buckeye Trail to Strout Road, crossing the river there, and heading north within Morgan's Campground.  At the north end of the campground we will duck back into the woods for some time, stopping at the June Morgan Memorial for a short break.  We will continue to head north, stopping along the Kern Effigies before recrossing the river to the parking lot.  Total miles will be eight or ten, depending on if you take the side trip into Fort Ancient.

Meet at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources parking lot between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m.  To reach the parking lot take Exit 32 from I-71, head south on Ohio State Route 123, then take an immediate left turn onto Ohio State Route 350.  Drive three miles, and after crossing the bridge over the Little Miami the entrance to the parking lot will be on the immediate right.

Make sure to wear hiking boots as some sections can be a bit wet, bring plenty of water, and have something to snack on along the way.

Post hike, for those interested, will be at Doc's Place in Lebanon.

Contact Darryl Smith (, 513.321.1539
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