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Mohican State Park is a versatile destination

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    The sign for Mohican State Forest in Ashland County.

    BRAD ZAHAR / CHRONICLE

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    The Lyons Falls trail is a 2-mile walk offering many forms of terrain at Mohican State Park.

    BRAD ZAHAR / CHRONICLE

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Other than getting a good pair of boots that won’t hurt your feet, hiking can be a very inexpensive and accessible way to enjoy the outdoors.

I’ve always enjoyed hiking as it has taken me to some very scenic, quiet and peaceful places.

This summer I’ve been exploring state parks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, trying to discover the next great hike. One area I didn’t think much about was Mohican State Park. I’d visited the area several times and kayaked, but had never checked out the hiking trails. A friend told me the park has some good ones. And it does — trails that vary in difficulty with a good mix of climbing and flatter terrain for people of all skill levels.

Nestled in Ashland County in Loudonville, Mohican provides plenty of outdoor recreation for just about anyone. There are kayak rentals, campgrounds, family fun centers and hiking and biking trails. It’s no wonder why it is a popular tourist destination for families during the summer. And, being just a short drive south from Lorain County, Mohican is a fairly close-to-home destination.

Mohican State Park and the State Forest total over 6,000 acres. Hiking trails along the river have nice views of clean water and trees and provide opportunities to see plenty of wildlife. While hiking, I noticed a lot of families with kids of all ages enjoying the trails.

The trails are pet friendly and plenty of pups were out enjoying the comfortable temperatures that rolled in this past week. Just make sure to keep them leashed and clean up after them if they tag along.

Starting at the covered bridge parking area, we hiked up the Lyons Falls trail to the waterfall. It was about 2 miles one way and a good mix of terrain. We continued past the falls and walked back down to the main trail to continue the hike to Pleasant Hill Lake. The last half-mile past the falls to the lake was a steady climb and got our heart rate going. Our total hike was between 5 and

6 miles there and back down to the car.

There are several other trails that run from the covered bridge along the river to the Clear Fork confluence with the Black Fork of the Mohican River. Hikers can follow this trail all the way, giving them some additional miles. Each part of the trail allows for hikers to make their hike as long or as short as they wish.

While my recon down to Mohican this week was to hike, I saw a mountain bike trail through the park, 8 miles long. As mentioned, there’s also family fun with kayaking, miniature golf and campgrounds across the area.

In a month or so the kids will be back to school. Until then, there’s still a lot of summer to soak up and enjoy. Check out Mohican for a day or two and close out summer with a fun time outdoors for the whole family.

Contact Brad Zahar at bzaharoutdoors@gmail.com.
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