There is something very special about backpacking. To truly become one with the elements, pack up your gear and head into the beautiful natural spaces of Ohio. Across the state, you’ll find parks and forests designed for the avid backpacker. Here are five great spots.
1. BURR OAK STATE PARK
Burr Oak State Park is one of the most gorgeous spots in Ohio to take a backpack out into the wilderness and enjoy the sights. The rustic allure in its 2,593-acre scenery of wooded hills and valley farms will have you coming back again and again.
2. CAESAR CREEK STATE PARK
Caesar Creek State Park is full of shimmering waters, dispersed woodlands, meadows, and ravines in 3,741 acres of gorgeous outdoors. You can take a boat out on the water and go fishing, spend the day hiking, and pitch a tent to sleep under the stars.
3. EAST FORK STATE PARK
East Fork State Park is one of the largest state parks in Ohio encompassing over 4,800 acres of gorgeous greenery, rugged hills, and open meadows for one of the most scenic backpack camping trips you can find in the United States.
4. TAR HOLLOW STATE PARK
Tar Hollow State Park is a twisting park passed through forest roads in over 600 acres of deep ravines and dense woodlands. The rich greenery and vast variety of tree and plant species is sure to give you some of the best views you’ll get on a camping trip!
5. SHAWNEE STATE FOREST
Shawnee State Forest makes for a backpacker’s paradise. Here, you’ll find a 40-mile backpacking trail that meanders through rough terrain. This trek can be quite strenuous, so it’s recommended that you have some experience before taking on this challenge.