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Hiking Ohio

by Gary S. Williams

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Hiking Ohio: A very interesting book on hiking the State of Ohio. This is the home state of Grandma Gatewood; the first woman to hike the full Appalachian Trail (at age 67 on her first hike) and an avid hiker of her native state of Ohio. In fact she has a trail named after her at Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio. See pages 94-97 for more information.

I am puzzled by the size of this book considering it would be more useful as a smaller trail guide. This lost a "star" for the review. I cannot imagine taking this guide with me on a hike. The pictures of the trail maps are set up in such a way that it is very easy to photocopy them at the size they are printed to take along. As it is, Williams has created a great table book that aids hikers in planning and discovering new and interesting places to travel.

Personally, as someone with limited funds and time, I find the "83 day hikes" to be very appealing. It gives busy people and entry level hikers enough choices to validate investing in a hiking book that they will actually utilize. Additionally, the information on parking and amenities helps tremendously with planning. In fact, the "Area Information" seems helpful enough that one could easily plan a hike into a long weekend trip. With that in mind, I could comfortably recommend this as a good choice for anyone looking to discover a state that does not get a lot of attention for its beauty and natural resources. ( )
  scootorian | Jul 24, 2015 |
Love the overview map - makes it easy to see what lies inbw you and a friend. Appreciate the back stories. ( )
  dandelionroots | Oct 19, 2014 |
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Rating: 3.5 of 5

Hiking Ohio was well-organized, accurate as far as my experience with Ohio trails (northwest/central Ohio), and a solid jumping off point for planning a hike. Overall, my two biggest complaints were the size of the book (extra weight in backpack) and its lack of color - the entire book was in black and white, including maps and trail shots. However, I really appreciated the difficulty ratings, detailed descriptions, and the "Other Areas of Interest" section. Recommended to those looking to hike scenic Ohio. ( )
  flying_monkeys | Jun 15, 2014 |
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This is a wonderful book to get ideas on where to take our next day trip, though it should be noted that I do not believe this is a complete record of all the hiking trails that are available in Ohio... but it's a good start.

My largest complaint about the book is that the coordinates for each trail start (or parking lot) are not provided in the format that most of my devices use. While it is not difficult to find a converter, the additional step is slightly annoying.

However, the descriptions and the "Other areas of interest" sections in each listing make up for that. ( )
  HippieLunatic | May 28, 2014 |
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Gary Williams has compiled a truly useful guide to hiking the many beautiful trails of Ohio. In this perfectly simple volume, Williams provides the essentials: distance, hiking time, any cautions to take, and directions with a detailed map. With this volume in hand, the hiker can experience new and exciting adventures with every trip! ( )
  zachrd | May 14, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 145041253X, Paperback)

Hiking Ohio is your complete guide to 83 of the most scenic day hikes in the Buckeye State. From the shores of Lake Erie to the Ohio River, this handy guide will lead you to the best trails. In this one-of-a-kind resource, you’ll find the following features:

• Detailed descriptions, complete with GPS coordinates for every hike in every region

• Special points of interest; descriptions of the topography, flora, fauna, and climate; estimated hiking time and distance; and difficulty ratings for each trail

• Phone numbers and websites, park hours and rules, and available facilities for 65 of the state’s most scenic hiking areas

• Easy-to-read maps for every park and trail to help you navigate your hike and locate landmarks and other points of interest

• A convenient trail finder that provides a summary of each trail’s features and available facilities

Hiking Ohio brings to life the history, terrain, flora, and fauna of each area. And the descriptions of nearby recreational and sightseeing destinations ensure you won’t miss anything on your trip. Hiking Ohio is your guide to enjoying the great outdoors!

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